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 Posted 2/11/2014 3:38:07 PM
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On my urging, my doctor has prescribed Metformin for me.  It was hard for me to tolerate, and over 3 months have worked up to a 750mg daily dose (half at noon, half at evening meal.)

When I started the Metformin, I also added 500 mcg B12 daily to my many supplements.  Is this sufficient?  Any other supplements I should use, now that I take Metformin?

Also, I understand that "
kidney function needs to be monitored while you are taking Metformin." What test or tests should I make sure my doctor orders, regarding kidney function?

Thanks!

 


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 Posted 2/12/2014 5:17:40 PM
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Assuming you are a member of Life Extension, you can contact LEF's naturopaths free of charge.
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 Posted 2/12/2014 6:01:14 PM
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Assuming you are a member of Life Extension, you can contact LEF's naturopaths free of charge.
Yes, I am a member.  Where is some info on contacting "LEF naturopaths"?  I googled it and see the promise (when you join), but no phone number or hours?
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My father was taing Metformin for diabetes, but his doctor had him discontinue due to advancing kidney problems stemming from diabetes.
My second guess of the doctor is that my dad was far better off with Metformin than all other prescription diabetes medication given in its stead following that, despite the risk.
There seems to be a lot of worry among doctors over Metformin leading to acidosis, and the standard procedure is to not prescribe Metformin with even the chance of there being any contraindication that way, regardless of how helpful it is otherwise even in the face of unknowns with other medications.
Now I know I'm not a medical expert and my advice is just one guy's opinion, but I am of the strong opinion that doctors really should just stop being so overly cautious with Metformin prescriptions, it's a very useful medication that needs to be in the hands of many more people, and the incidence of Metformin causing lactic acidosis with any degree of seriousness is extremely rare.
 



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 Posted 4/18/2014 3:41:20 PM
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Drug company MannKind - MNKD has a new insulin inhaler Afrezza which the Adcom panel approved. It awaits the FDA approval. This inhaler could be a game changer in improving the lives of diabetics. It mimics the pancreas in its delivery system.
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I took metformin and nearly died from chronic long term diarrhea. I vusited several specialists. Had resulting screwed up electrolytes, chonic dehydration, was diagnosed with exocrine pancreatic insufficiency. Was in e.r for fluids and treatment many times. I git a new endocrinologist whi, within 30 seconds, said "Its the metformin. Stop taking it." Got over the diarrhea in two days. Steady improvement since then, tho i am talking insulin.
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On my urging, my doctor has prescribed Metformin for me.... 



I have got a metformin supply but did not start it as testing others things (e.g. homocysteine). It is not my business but would you mind to share why you urged your doctor to prescribe it in the first place?
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The Dreamboat (Afrezza / Snofi) mimics your pancreas on how the insulin is used. Fast acting and NO Needles. Inhalable. Its FDA approved and ready to launch in a couple of months. Ask your doctor about it......
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