Are You Concerned About Meformin Side Effects?

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Metformin has become down right fashionable!

Everybody is taking it!

Has your doctor offered you Meformin yet for your “pre-diabetes condition”?

Before you decide that you can’t risk high blood sugar and you need to take the drug your doctor is pushing, you really should take a look Metformin side effects.

Below is an article posted on listing the side effects of Metformin.

The yellow highlighting is my efforts to point to the alarming part, and the (translation is mine).

General Side Effects of MetforminMetformin has been generally well tolerated. About 20% of patients experienced mild, transient side effects sometime during therapy.Metabolic Side EffectsLactic acidosis is a medical emergency requiring immediate evaluation and treatment. The case fatality rate may be as high as 50.3%. Patients taking metformin who present with even vague medical illnesses such as myalgia (pain in a muscle or group of muscles), malaise (feelings of unease or depression), somnolence (sleepy, drowsy), abdominal discomfort, and so forth, should be evaluated for a metabolic etiology like lactic acidosis.

Signs and symptoms of severe acidosis may include vomiting, abdominal pain, nausea, dyspnea (difficulty breathing), hypothermia, hypotension, and bradycardia. (dropping body temperature, blood pressure and heart rate)

Laboratory evaluation of metformin-induced lactic acidosis generally includes determination of the following: blood glucose concentration, lactic acid concentration, serum electrolytes, blood pH, metformin concentration, and exclusion of ketoacidosis.

If lactic acidosis is present, immediate institution of general supportive care is indicated. Prompt hemodialysis (cleaning your blood for your kidneys)  is also generally recommended in order to correct the acidosis and remove metformin. Hemodialysis often results in rapid improvement. Some investigators have suggested that dialysis with a bicarbonate-buffered dialysate may be particularly effective.

Metabolic side effects have included lactic acidosis, which is a potentially fatal metabolic complication. The incidence of lactic acidosis has been about 1.5 cases per 10,000 patient years. The risk of lactic acidosis has been particularly high in patients with underlying renal insufficiency. Cases of lactic acidosis occurring in patients with normal renal function have been rarely reported. Concomitant cardiovascular or liver disease, sepsis, and hypoxia have also increased the risk of lactic acidosis.

Subnormal vitamin B12 levels have been reported, and may result in anemia or neuropathy (diseased condition of the nervous system). Serum vitamin B12 levels at 2 to 3 year intervals may be useful.

Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) occurred uncommonly in patients receiving metformin as monotherapy. Strenuous exercise, decreased caloric intake, general debilitation, adrenal insufficiency, pituitary insufficiency, and ethanol use have increased the risk of hypoglycemia.  (low blood sugar)

Gastrointestinal Side Effects

Gastrointestinal effects have included nausea, anorexia, metallic taste, diarrhea, dyspepsia (indigestion or upset stomach), flatulence, and abdominal pain. One study has reported a 20% incidence of diarrhea.

Hematologic Side Effects

Hematologic (involving your blood) side effects have included malabsorption of vitamin B12, due to intrinsic factor deficiency and possibly other mechanisms, in as many as 30% of treated patients. Megaloblastic anemia has occurred. Discontinuation of metformin or supplementation with vitamin B12 has been necessary.

Other Side Effects

Other side effects include a single case of leukocytoclastic vasculitis with pneumonitis.  (Serious disease of the blood and lungs!)

Hepatic Side Effects

Hepatic side effects have included at least two cases of hepatitis (inflammation of the liver) associated with metformin use.

A 52-year-old female with a history of type II diabetes mellitus and hypertension developed lethargy, fatigue, and diarrhea after taking metformin for more than 2 weeks. After continuing metformin for a total of four weeks, her sclera became icteric and she was hospitalized. Aside from a soft systolic ejection fracture and a moderate degree of bilateral lower extremity edema, her physical examination was unremarkable. Laboratory data showed grossly elevated total bilirubin, AST, ALT, and alkaline phosphatase. Several days after her initial presentation all of her medications were discontinued. Her signs and symptoms significantly improved over the following several days, and she was discharged within two weeks of her hospitalization. The patient’s presentation was considered consistent with drug-induced toxicity attributed to metformin.

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Metformin side effects are GOOD reason to do all you can to improve your “insulin sensitivity” in order to avoid drugging yourself for this condition.

You might think, “I can’t afford to ignore my high blood sugar!  I don’t want to end up on insulin.”

The issue with that philosophy is that science is now finding that Metformin is NOT supporting your bodies ability to process glucose.  It is actually mimicking it!  Using drugs to do what your body is suppose to do will lead you to insulin sooner not later!

Fixating on numbers instead of addressing issues is a vicious cycle of suffering.


(The Life Breath Club will be presenting the “Sacred Food Workshop” very soon!)

Food is definitely a big part of addressing “pre-diabetes” conditions as well as living with diabetes.  It’s tough to know what you should eat, right?

Try a grain vacation and eat lots of fruits and veggies if you have any reason to be concerned at all!

Let your body find some balance and you may find you can rotate grains back into a diet with a wide variety of foods, but processed foods are never a good thing!

It’s a good thing to remember that it isn’t just what you eat that makes a difference in your blood sugar.

One thing to keep in mind that might make all the difference in the world is ACTIVITY!

That dirty “E” word … “Exercise”.

If you can get to the place where activity becomes a joyful part of your life, it helps even more than suffering through exercise.

Moving your body and standing up every 20 minutes, all day long can make a HUGE difference in your blood sugar!


Give the big “E” (exercise) some consistent attention and see if your blood sugar numbers don’t get better!

You don’t have to move fast, but move!  Move it or lose it!  See for yourself how this effects your blood sugar readings.

One thing to keep in mind for better health and well being is to KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT while you exercise.

Breathing through your nose is important.  Do it and you’ll see a difference quickly!

  • More energy right away
  • Mood elevation
  • Insulin sensitivity that lasts for days

Lots of good bio-chemistry happens when you breathe through your nose while you move your body!

If you’d like to understand why breathing through your nose offers so many healthy benefits and/or how to better tolerate nasal breathing with exercise, check out the Life Breath Coaches book about “Sacred Breath” by clicking on the link below …

Healing begins with more stable blood sugar


Many blessings,

Carrie Tucker, RCP

The Life Breath Coach

Heart Failure Solutions


PS– Remember everyday:

  • Relax and Release tension
  • Exhale Slowly
  • Be active in a way that adds Joy to your life

Plus pure water ~whole foods~sunshine~and laughter

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