People with type 2 diabetes have lost weight from taking metformin, but they are not the only ones to benefit from the drug in this way.
A study involving people who were overweight or obese and had insulin resistance showed that they lost weight while taking metformin.
While some evidence suggests that metformin does lead to weight loss, neither doctors or scientists are certain how it works.
Some researchers believe the drug reduces appetite. Others think it changes the way the body stores and uses fat.
Doctors tend to recommend certain diet and lifestyle changes alongside metformin and medications for type 2 diabetes or prediabetes. Many of these diet and lifestyle changes are also likely to lead to weight loss if the person follows the recommendations.
Metformin alone may not be enough to cause weight loss if other healthful habits are not taken up by the person using metformin.
People hoping to lose weight from metformin should also follow a nutrient-rich, low-calorie diet and exercise regularly.
People who do not adhere to other healthful habits may not lose weight on metformin.
Dr. Birken and his staff offer a weight management program that includes body fat analysis, diet recommendations, and us of medications to enhance metabolism. For more information, call 28-419-3231 and press option 1 or email at email@example.com