Metformin is the medication that most older people who have borderline type 2 diabetes are taking. This medication together with a good diet and a good exercise program and often other medications are used to control diabetes. This is the regime that most older people are on to keep their diabetes in check. It also helps in treating high blood sugar that is due to type 2 diabetes.
Metformin will help to restore these people’s body’s response to the insulin that the body produces naturally. It also will decrease the amount of sugar the liver makes and that your intestines/stomach absorbs.
Diet and Exercise
Many physicians even use this drug as part of a combination type therapy. This means a person will probably need to take it with other medicines. But, lifestyle intervention and weight loss are more effective in preventing or delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes. A case in point.
There was a trial done in 2014; some diabetic patients were assigned to the metformin 850 mg with breakfast and supper daily. The other group received a placebo. Lifestyle changes included a low-calorie, low-fat, diet as well as 15 minutes of moderate exercise every day. The lifestyle group saw the greatest decreases of diabetes incidence at 27 percent, compared to 18% in the metformin group.
The results ended with the conclusion that lifestyle changes – comprising diet and exercise – are far superior to metformin for prevention of diabetes. I have also seen this in my family.
Lower The Dosage
You can successfully lower the dosage of metformin and at the same time control blood sugar without medication but by making change in lifestyle such as:
- Weight loss
- 60 minutes workout every day
- Reduce intake of unhealthy carbohydrates
- Modify diabetes diet to include low-glycemic carbohydrates
- Stop smoking
- Reduce diabetes complications, either drink less alcohol or stop drinking totally
Also, it’s important to get support – like a dietitian, personal trainer, or family that can help you in sticking with healthy habits.
If you have problems with needing something sweet, a good suggestion is honey that is made by Manuka Health.
The benefits of this honey are not only how it tastes but is also a great source of energy and strength to the body. It also boosts endurance and helps with that feeling of fatigue. But stay with your diabetes regime as you will see great changes.