One of the common medications used for type 2 folks is Metformin (Glucophage). It’s intended to help the liver stop producing as much sugar. It tells the cells that have become resistant to insulin “Hey it’s ok! They’re good for it let’em in.” That way your body’s blood sugar levels can return to normal.
I remember when I was first prescribed metformin. My doctor told me that this may be the only medication that I’ll need….for the rest of my life. Granted I’m sure there are many out there that would love to only have 1 thing to take. Even so, I wasn’t really excited to hear that. Since I was younger than most typical cases catching it early could help with proper management (ultimate goal). She warned me that it’s common to have some gastrointestinal reactions (think prune juice and spicy Mexican food aftermath). So I was tasked with taking 500mg twice a day with food.
The thing about metformin is that the longer you take it the more you can “possibly” have complications like liver failure…
So not only could this be the “only” thing I’ll have to take the rest of my life, but the long term effects could be liver failure? Oh did I mention kidney failure to? Or that it can also cause high blood pressure? And we all know with high blood pressure comes what? More medication! That medication has its side effects. Depending on how you react to it, you may be looking at medication to help the previous medication. It turns into this crazy cycle of pill-popping every hour of every day just to LIVE.
Don’t get me wrong. I have an appreciation for modern medicine. Some things right now need help. I view the medical industry as people who help you heal and move forward. Modern medicine should be a temporary measure until you are capable of doing things on your own. There are a lot of things out there that we can manage and prevent ourselves. We rely too much on someone else to fix our medical problems. It’s us that need to take responsibility for our well being.
Quick fixes are our motto nowadays instead of long term care. I’m sure metformin has helped thousands of people get a handle on their blood sugar. Wouldn’t it be great if YOU had a handle on it? Metformin should be the training wheels for adjusting your life so that it’s no longer needed. The funds saved can be used to fund the right foods and health-conscious options across the nation.
What are your experiences with Metformin? Do you take it? Just started? Talk to me below and let me know how you feel!