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3/9/11 12:07 A

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I did when I first started, I was eating a TON of carbs. I remember one Sunday night talking to my mom on the phone and craving sugar so badly that it was all I could do not to cry and jump in the car and go to the store (I DO NOT keep sweets of any kind in my home I would eat them all in one sitting for sure). I felt totally out of control and I had never felt a craving that almost pushed me over the edge like that, and I'm an ex-smoker!

I wish I could say it gets easier with time and eliminating sweets, but It's not that easy. It gets better and a little easier to resist, but I've been on metformin for a while and I've been on a low-carb diet for about 6 months and I still have times cravings get the better of me, usually during high stress time.

"Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new." ~Brian Tracy


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MARGOTB822's Photo MARGOTB822 Posts: 61
3/7/11 7:15 A

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About eating low carb, I feel like I have been craving more carbs since starting Metformin. I don't know if it's just increased hunger or all in my head, but I'm going to try to decrease the amount of carbs. Has anyone noticed increased hunger/carb cravings?

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3/6/11 1:16 P

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Margot - I just began taking Metformin also. According to the drug insert, alcohol is not recommended. I haven't played around with this yet, but am thinking maybe having one drink per week. Alcohol has a ton of sugars, so probably not a good thing to have much in our diets anyway - not to mention the additional stress on your liver.

In regards to the running - I haven't seen anything about limits on exercise with Metformin. I would think that you would be fine if you hydrate well and eat something periodically. Not sure about the gels given all the sugar. Maybe a honey pack every hour while racing. I've run half marathons (pre PCOS) and always heard we need some sort of blood sugar boost at every hour of continuous exercise. I've exercised as long as an hour at a time (4 times a week) with my heart rate around 160 and been fine.

I'm definitely reducing my carbs, though not restricting all the good things in life. I've read a lot about how diet and exercise can greatly control PCOS symptoms and decrease the progression towards diabetes. I'm very scared at the thought of living with diabetes, so am willing to cut back now. I would just focus on eating quality proteins through out the day - and if you want a piece of bread, etc. now and then, go for it. I've also read that it is a good idea to get a blood sugar monitor (cheap these days) and periodically (nothing like a diabetic) check. This might be something worth doing if you want to see how carbs are impacting you.

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3/6/11 1:10 P

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I have been on metformin for about 3 years and I didn't drink when I first started taking it, because of the fear of what would happen, however now I have a drink every know and then and I don't feel it is a problem I just don't go overboard and limit myself to one or two drinks. That is a question you should talk to your doctor about though if you are really concerned.

When training I don't think you should have a problem but listen to your body during training and if you are feeling dizzy then stop and re-assess. If you are an established runner I don't think it will be a big deal.

As far as monitoring, you're right you don't need to monitor your blood sugar. As far as monitoring carbs my doctor told me that the best way to lose weight for people with PCOS is low-carb (because of the way our bodies process and absorb the sugar).

So my advice at the end is to just listen to your body and talk to your doctor if you have a real concern.

"Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new." ~Brian Tracy


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3/6/11 12:30 P

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Hi, I recently started Metformin and I have a few questions about interactions. I've looked online, but I have found conflicting information. Any help would be appreciated!


1) Are there any hard and fast rules about drinking on Metformin? I had 3 beers on Friday evening and felt terrible yesterday. If I drink, should I skip my evening dose? I'm concerned about lactic acidosis, but I don't really know how likely it is.

2) I'm training for a 10 mile race, which involves pretty intense running. Should I back off while getting used to Metformin? I don't want to pass out while exercising or anything.

3) I'm not diabetic, so I don't monitor my blood sugar. Should I monitor my carbs more closely? Do I need to cut back or space them out differently?

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