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Metformin And It’s Side Affects

Recently I have had many inquiries about Metformin and its side affects.Today I would like to talk to you about the things you need to consider if you are taking it or thinking about it.
 
Have you ever stopped and asked yourself why would someone recommend a medication that would potentially harm you?
 
Some diabetes experts report that when it comes to prescribing initial therapy for Type 2 diabetics, some doctors tend to follow a “treatment of laziness” — for example, prescribing medications if they perceive difficulties in the patient’s ability to change dietary habits or lifestyle. Oral pills should be used in Type 2 diabetes only when diet, supplements and exercise are not effective.
 
The bottom line is you need to take control of your health and make decisions that are best for you. 

Metformin is an oral diabetes medicine that helps control blood sugar levels.
 
Metformin is for people with type 2 (non-insulin-dependent) diabetes.

For those of you who were asking if Metformin is really bad for you I will let you make the decision after you read the following possible side affects.

Side effects that you should report to your prescriber or health care professional as soon as possible:
 
Causes Vitamin B12 deficiency contributing to Neuropathy.

Serious Reactions:

* lactic acidosis – is when lactic acid builds ups in the blood stream faster than it can be removed. Lactic acid is produced when oxygen levels in the body… Get emergency medical help if you have any of these symptoms of lactic acidosis including:  weakness, increasing sleepiness, slow heart rate, cold feeling, muscle pain, shortness of breath, stomach pain, feeling light-headed, and fainting

* anemia – is a condition where there is a lower than normal number of red blood cells in the blood, usually measured by a decrease in the amount of hemoglobin….

Common Reactions that usually do not require medical attention (report to your prescriber or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

– decreased appetite
– gas
– heartburn
– metallic taste in the mouth
– mild stomachache
– nausea/vomiting
– weight loss
– rash
– diarrhea
– flatulence
– asthenia
– indigestion
– abdominal discomfort
    
In combination with other diabetic medications, (like acarbose, glyburide, glipizide, miglitol, or insulin), metformin may cause low blood sugar (hypoglycemia).
 
Contact your health care professional if you experience symptoms of low blood sugar, which may include:  -anxiety or nervousness, confusion, difficulty concentrating, hunger, pale skin, nausea, fatigue, sweating, headache, palpitations, numbness of the mouth, tingling in the fingers, tremors, muscle weakness, blurred vision, cold sensations, uncontrolled yawning, irritability, rapid heartbeat, shallow breathing, and loss of consciousness.

Wow! this is quite the list of side affects from Metformin.
 
THE GREAT NEWS is that you can avoid all of these nasty side affects by taking ACTION regarding your health by taking control of your health today. For more information, check out our free Diabetes Report.

Take Action Today To maintain Healthy Blood Sugar Levels

I hope you are having a great week so far.
 
Today I want to ask you and important question.
 
Are you afraid of developing diabetic complications? Many people I hear from every day certainly are, and with good reason. Each one of them can tell you stories about a loved one or acquaintance who suffered through amputation, became blind, or died at a young age. They fear the same will happen to them.
 

Did you know that  over 25 million Americans have blood sugar imbalances that put them at risk for:

Blindness – Heart Problems – Strokes –  Kidney failure – Amputations

Take Action Now To maintain Healthy Blood Sugar Levels.

              

 
Fortunately, diabetes care has changed dramatically in the past few years. We know more about diabetes than ever before, and can say with confidence that diabetes complications can be avoided.
 
One of the biggest factors in avoiding diabetes complications is not to ignore diabetes in the early stages. There are 5 million people in the United States who have diabetes and don’t even know it.
 
It is very easy to ignore it because your body is feeling fine and your body seems to be working fine.
 
No Symptoms. No problem. Right?
 
ABSOLUTELY WRONG  Not Even Close!
 
While you’re doing nothing, the excess glucose in your blood is eroding the very fabric of your body, threatening major organs, including your heart, nerves, eyes and kidneys. You may not feel the effects right now, but keep your blood sugar high and you eventually will.
 
By keeping your blood sugar close to normal, you have a good chance of avoiding these awful complications.
 
It is never too late, the minute you start managing your blood sugar, is the minute you drastically reduce a life of health problems.

21st Century Diabetic Support Formula Tablets, 90-Count
 
To your health :-)

The Diabetes Sugar Destroyer – Gymnema Sylvestre

I hope that you had a great October. Are you ever amazed at how time passes so fast?  Have you ever said to yourself “ah I will start my program tomorrow” or “I will get started next week” or “when the first of the month arrives I will start fresh”

If you have ever said some of these things to yourself I encourage you to be strong and make a commitment to yourself and take control of your health.

Today I want to share with you about another natural ingredient known as The Diabetes Sugar Destroyer. This ingredient improves the effectiveness of insulin, but it also does something really amazing – ***It may actually rejuvenate a non-working pancreas!***

              

I am talking about Gymnema Sylvestre.

Gymnema sylvestre is originally an Indian vine widely used in Ayurvedic medicine. It is also found in Northern Africa. It is grown commercially in Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America.

Also called “the sugar destroyer,” gymnema can temporarily block the ability to taste sugar when applied to the tongue!

Used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine, this herb (taken internally) controls blood sugar levels, reduces blood glucose, and increases insulin production.

In one study of 22 patients with Type 2 diabetes, all had improved blood sugar control, and all but one were able to cut their drug intake after supplementing with Gymnema Extract.

If that is not enough, here are a few more benefits of Gymnema;

– Reduces or removes the sense taste of sweetness for several hours
– Reduces the absorption of glucose into the blood stream
– Increases insulin production by the pancreas – by repairing tissue
– Reduces blood levels of triglycerides and cholesterol

Gymnema is a remarkable herb which can be a huge benefit both to those who truly want to cut down their consumption of sweet foods and lower their blood sugar.

Gymnema Sylvestre should be an essential part of your diet, remember these results have been proven over time and have helped my family, friends and many others reverse their diabetes.

Take action today, and don’t become just another statistic.

From my family to yours… take care.

Try Gymnema green Tea for diabetics- no caffeine

Biotin and Diabetes

Today I would like to talk to you about a nutrient that is significant when it comes to blood sugar control. It is essential for diabetics to avoid to many foods that disrupt blood sugar levels and keep the body even keel so to speak.

However, in addition to eating a low Glycemic Index diet, it is also important to supplement with certain nutrients that help the body keep blood sugar levels in check. The supplement known to participate in the body processes that control blood sugar levels is Biotin (one of the B-group vitamins)

              

 

In several studies, Biotin supplementation has been shown to enhance the performance of insulin, the hormone that plays a critical role in helping your body incorporate blood sugar. The supplements can also increase the activity of an enzyme, glucokinase, which the liver uses early in the process of utilizing blood sugar.

 Here are a few more benefits of Biotin;

 * It plays a crucial role in energy metabolism. Biotin acts as a coenzyme and carries carbon dioxide. It also plays a role in fat synthesis, amino acid metabolism and glycogen synthesis.

 * Benefits people with diabetes by helping to break down carbohydrates and lower blood sugar levels.

 * Weight loss may be another Biotin benefit, as the vitamin is essential in the conversion of carbohydrates, fats and proteins to energy.

 * Helps the body use protein, folic acid, pantothenic acid, and vitamin B12.

 * Biotin is also involved in the metabolism of carbohydrates, amino acids and fats. Biotin is also essential in the formation of fatty acids and glucose.  

 If you are not including this nutrient in your diet you should be, you can get the daily dosage you need in in a number of supplements.

Solaray – Chromium Biotin, 60 veggie caps

Control Your Diabetes With Natural Foods

Diabetes has no known cure, but there are many ways to control the disease and prevent the symptoms form interfering with daily life. One major way to help control diabetes is through a healthy diet. It is common knowledge that diabetics need to be careful around sugar and carbs, but what foods will actually help control the disease? Here are some natural dietary supplements that control diabetes.

Bitter Melon

Bitter melon can do wonders for the metabolism. You can make your own juice from melons at the supermarket, or buy bitter melon juice at Asian food markets. Bitter melon is actually a type of squash, and it is usually found in Asia. It is also known as bitter gourd or bitter squash. The flesh is rather bitter (hence the name), so it is good to mix in other fruits to make a smoothie or maybe ad some low-sugar dressing to the juice. It can also be served with yogurt, or even curried.
For more bitter melon recipes, click here.

              

Oatmeal

Unsweetened oatmeal, although it is a carbohydrate, can help control blood sugar. It is slower to digest than simple white bread and is high in soluble fiber. Due to the slower digestion rate, oatmeal is a steadier source of energy than bread and can help us feel full for longer. It is a great addition to the diet of anyone looking to lose weight, which is a major risk factor for diabetes. Barley can also give the body the same benefits as oats, and can be paired with a more savory dish. Whole grains are a great choice for diabetics.

Strawberries

If you crave something sweet, strawberries are a perfect snack. A cup of strawberries will not alter blood sugar and are a much better option than a cookie or candy bar. They are low in calories and carbohydrates, and chock full of fiber and water. Like oatmeal, strawberries (and most other berries) will keep you feeling full for longer.

Sparkling Water With Lemon Juice

Soda is one of the worst things for a person with diabetes (and anyone else, for that matter). Sugary sodas put insulin levels in the danger zone, and even sugar-free sodas have been shown to alter the metabolism in a negative way. Sugar-free sparkling waters are a great replacement if you crave something sweet and fizzy. For a bit of extra flavor, try adding lemon juice, or a sweeter fruit juice like strawberry or pineapple juice (with no added sugar). Some sparkling waters are pre-flavored and low in calories.

Cinnamon

Ever heard of the cinnamon challenge? We don’t advise that you try it, but adding a bit of cinnamon to your diet can help reduce blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. Research has proven that cinnamon extract is especially beneficial for patients who have trouble controlling blood sugar. There has been little research on the benefits of cinnamon, but many doctors recommend you sprinkle a little bit onto your cereal.

Vinegar

If you accidentally over-indulged in carbohydrates during a meal, there is evidence that vinegar may lower your blood sugar levels back to a relatively safe area. The acids in vinegar slow down gastric emptying, which means a slower absorption of nutrients, and a slower rise in blood sugar levels.

Coffee

While you should keep your coffee intake at 2 cups or less per day, there is evidence that people who drink coffee regularly are 34% less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than non-coffee drinkers. However, too much coffee has been associated in an increased risk for heart disease. As long as you keep it controlled, a bit of coffee every day is a good thing.

              

Source: informationaboutdiabetes.com
10/08/2012

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