Metformin is used with a proper diet and exercise program and possibly with other medications to control diabetes. It helps in treating high blood sugar due to type 2 diabetes. Metformin helps to restore your body’s response to the insulin you produce naturally. It also decreases the amount of sugar that your liver makes and that your stomach/intestines absorb. Some doctors even use this drug as part of a combination therapy. This means you need to take it with other medicines. However, lifestyle intervention and weight loss are more effective in preventing or delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes. A case in point is below.
In a trial in 2014, some diabetic patients were assigned to metformin 850 mg twice daily. Another group received a placebo intervention [Ref]. Lifestyle changes included a low-fat, low-calorie diet, and 15 minutes of moderate exercise every day. The lifestyle group saw a greater reduction in diabetes incidence at 27%, compared to 18% in the metformin group. The results concluded that lifestyle changes — comprising diet and exercise — are superior to metformin for prevention of diabetes.
You can successfully lower the dosage of metformin and simultaneously control blood sugar without medication by making lifestyle changes such as:
Also, it’s important to get support. A dietitian, personal trainer, or family can improve your chances of sticking with these healthy habits.
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