Metformin Weight Lossby Henry Hound on January 25, 2012
Metformin weight loss is a diabetes drug that lowers LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels. However, users now promise to it can also help you lose weight. The makers of the drug do not promise this.
Metformin was designed to help those with diabetes, but in studies it was found that users were also losing weight. Currently doctors are not sure why this drug causes weight loss. More studies are being done to see how this is happening and if it guarantees long term weight loss.
One recent clinical trial was conducted by New York Medical College. In this study, 80% of women who took a modified carbohydrate while following the Metformin weight loss plan lost on average 10% of their body weight after one year. And the study also found that 90% of the women in the study who used Metformin for weight loss kept the weight off–and did so for four years.
The use of a Metformin weight loss plan does have side effects. Those reported were gastrointestinal upset, including diarrhea, cramps, nausea, vomiting and gas.
Metformin comes in 500mg, 850 mg, and 1,000 mg tablets and must be prescribed by a doctor. The normal dose of this drug is 850 to 1,000 mg twice per day. Some people are told to take it three times a day, by their doctors, but make note that 850 mg is the maximum safe dosage to take three times daily.