Re: Metforming as a preventive ?
Yes, it is true that Metformin can reduce your blood sugar levels, and thereby, postpone your date with diabetes. Diabetes is a progressive disease which "multiplies"....high blood sugars tend to invite higher blood sugars as time passes.
You, however, seem in the "grey area" to me, I am not sure how I should answer your question. Your sugar levels are not sufficiently high for me to say that you should or shouldn't. If your doctor recommends it, I think I would be inclined to take his/her advice because he/she has clinical practice experience upon which to draw in the giving of advice to you.
On the positive side, metformin is a generic medicine that is not terribly expensive and is a very-well tested formula in millions of patients over many years of general distribution. It has a relatively low incidence of objectionable side-effects (I have taken it for years and notice none at all) and is a very successful medicine in terms of helping millions of diabetic and prediabetic patients in all the world.
On the negative side, its cost is not zero, and you may indeed find that it has side effects in you. Some people do, although the percentage of them is low.
On YOUR side, you can do quite a bit to pospone your diabetes, either with, or without, metformin. If you reduce your carb intake and monitor your sugar, and get good exercise and sleep.
Last edited by tfkeel; 09-02-2008 at 12:10 PM.