GLUCOPHAGE (metformin)

GLUCOPHAGE (metformin)

Use: Oral anti-diabetic drug

Glucophage drugs round up the top 7 but the prescription rate of this drug is rapidly
increasing. It makes up about 7% of the top prescribed medications. It is the first-line
drug of choice for the treatment of type 2 diabetes, in particular, in overweight and
obese people. It also acts to indirectly lower LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
How it Works:
By suppressing natural glucose production by the liver, the drug activates an enzyme
which plays an important role in insulin signaling, whole body energy balance, and the
metabolism of glucose and fats.
Consequences:
Lactic acidosis, impaired liver/kidney function, decreasing thyroid stimulating
hormone and testosterone, increased homocysteine levels, malabsorption of vitamin
812, 812 deficiency, bladder cancer, heart failure. The biggest consequence of
diabetes drugs is that it causes pancreatic function to substantially decrease
inhibiting several hormones and causing other imbalances which are never
correctable without abstaining from the drug.
Natural Foods:
Black tea, Sunlight (vit D), potentially coffee (more research needed), turmeric, nuts,
chia seeds, green leafy vegetables, apple cider vinegar, cinnamon, red grapes, steel
cut oatmeal, broccoli, spinach, green beans and strawberries. 90% of all cases of
diabetes can be resolved by eating foods with a low glycemic load, and pursuing
both weight training and aerobic exercise.

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