Would taking metformin help someone on an insulin pump? After reading the discussion on it, it made me wonder since I have trouble with cholesterol also. I need very tight control on the sugar levels and I am having a hard time achieving it.

Patty Bonsignore


Metformin has not been formally approved for use with type 1 diabetes. However, for people who are insulin resistant it might help the insulin work better. Insulin resistance is a condition in which the body does not use insulin as well as it could; this typically occurs in people who are overweight. High blood pressure and a low HDL cholesterol are signs that you could have insulin resistance. If you are not overweight, then metformin will not help. Your healthcare provider will determine whether you might be a candidate for metformin, depending on your particular situation.

December 11, 2012 at 9:20 am