Latest Update on Metformin

#66
Maybe metformin dropped B12 which is what caused the rise in homocysteine. Metformin is known to cause a drop in B vitamins.
That was certainly my experience. After a couple of years on Metformin I noticed that a consistent decline in my serum B-12 levels had taken me well below the bottom of the reference range, which I attributed to the Metformin. Started on a 500 mcg/day oral B-12 supplement, and after a few months my B-12 level has risen back into the reference range.
 
#67
Guys, taking 500mg/x2/day of Metformin, is it possible to have any issues if you drop carbs pretty low in your diet?
I'm on 500mgx2 (3 months) and also eat ZeroCarb Carnivore (8 months). No issues for me. I wake up with 90-105 blood sugar and it drops to 75-90 late at night. A1C before Metformin was 5.0.
 
#69
I've heard of 250 twice per day all the way up to 1000 twice per day.
From what I've seen depends on the prescriber.
Nelson has posted a ton of good info on Metformin here on this site though.
And I believe he did an entire podcast with Jay Campbell on the subject.
 

Nelson Vergel

Founder, ExcelMale.com
#70
Oh oh

Metformin inhibits mitochondrial adaptations to aerobic exercise training in older adults


Metformin and exercise independently improve insulin sensitivity and decrease the risk of diabetes. Metformin was also recently proposed as a potential therapy to slow aging. However, recent evidence indicates that adding metformin to exercise antagonizes the exercise‐induced improvement in insulin sensitivity and cardiorespiratory fitness. The purpose of this study was to test the hypothesis that metformin diminishes the improvement in insulin sensitivity and cardiorespiratory fitness after aerobic exercise training (AET) by inhibiting skeletal muscle mitochondrial respiration and protein synthesis in older adults (62 ± 1 years). In a double‐blinded fashion, participants were randomized to placebo (n = 26) or metformin (n = 27) treatment during 12 weeks of AET. Independent of treatment, AET decreased fat mass, HbA1c, fasting plasma insulin, 24‐hr ambulant mean glucose, and glycemic variability. However, metformin attenuated the increase in whole‐body insulin sensitivity and VO2max after AET. In the metformin group, there was no overall change in whole‐body insulin sensitivity after AET due to positive and negative responders. Metformin also abrogated the exercise‐mediated increase in skeletal muscle mitochondrial respiration. The change in whole‐body insulin sensitivity was correlated to the change in mitochondrial respiration. Mitochondrial protein synthesis rates assessed during AET were not different between treatments. The influence of metformin on AET‐induced improvements in physiological function was highly variable and associated with the effect of metformin on the mitochondria. These data suggest that prior to prescribing metformin to slow aging, additional studies are needed to understand the mechanisms that elicit positive and negative responses to metformin with and without exercise.

Source: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/acel.12880
 
#72
low dose (1.1 g leucine/0.5 g metformin/0.5 mg sildenafil), or high dose (1.1 g leucine/0.5 g metformin/1.0 mg sildenafil) twice daily.
To measure this you need a scale measuring mg. How can one cut 1 mg of sildenafil?
 
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