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Metformin Treatment for Weight Loss

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Most adipose (fat) accumulation issues that occur in adults can be traced back to a diet that includes a high sugar intake. High-glycemic foods spike blood sugar levels, which in turn causes elevated blood insulin levels. Insulin delivers glucose to the cells as energy.

If there is excess glucose, it will circulate in the bloodstream and then be stored as fat in the liver for reserved energy. Fiber-rich fruits and vegetables slow down digestion and absorption of carbohydrates, therefore inducing less blood sugar and insulin spikes than processed foods. Using the glycemic index as a reference can be helpful when attempting to manage blood glucose (sugar) levels in your diet.

If further management is warranted, Metformin has been shown to provide positive outcomes in the maintenance of a patient’s blood sugar. Metformin blunts insulin surges due to high sugar intake, which therefore mitigates the glycosylation of proteins and adipose accumulation; the typical result of high insulin surges.

Our physicians recommend proper nutrition, sufficient exercise, and optimization of key hormones as necessary components for maintaining a healthy body composition. Although reducing carbohydrate and sugar intake will do wonders for one’s physique, Metformin could potentially assist with fat reduction in stubborn areas, like the gut, whether following a healthy diet or not.

Benefits of Metformin:

  • Anti-glycemic
  • Lipid and cholesterol-lowering
  • Weight reduction
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Cardiovascular protection
  • Insulin-sensitizing
  • Anti-oxidative
  • Modifies non-alcoholic fatty liver disease

We offer this medication and treatment to patients who have been diagnosed with diabetes or have difficulty keeping their blood sugar levels within healthy ranges. Prior to commencing this treatment, our physicians require the evaluation of the following blood work at a minimum:

  • Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP-14)
  • Complete Blood Count (CBC)
  • Hemoglobin A1c
  • Insulin (Fasting)
  • Vitamin B12

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