Metformin Weight Loss: What is Metformin and is it Only for Diabetics?
Metformin weight loss is rather a side effect of the drug which is used in the US and UK to treat type two diabetes. The drug has been on the market since 1994 and is sold under a variety of brand names including Glucophage and Riomet.
Metformin based drugs contain the active ingredient metformin hydrochloride, the ingredient is used to help diabetics to respond normally to insulin and thus reduces blood sugar levels.
In short, metformin based drugs help the user to lose weight by suppressing hunger.
However, the drug is not a “hunger suppressant” per se rather the drug works to reduce the release of sugar levels from the liver, this in turn reduces the levels of insulin produced.
As such, lower insulin levels result in a lower appetite and thus metformin weight loss.
Metformin based drugs are not however, without there side effects. Side effects can range from the almost insignificant including a metallic taste in the mouth through to much more unpleasant side effects including nausea and skin rashes.
Whilst metformin products are largely used to treat diabetes, the weight losing side effect has now been recognised and some medical practitioners may consider issuing the drug to help with weight loss. However, due to the side effects of the drug and the potential for overdosing, one should only take metformin based products after consulting a qualified medical professional.