I was on 1500 mg of metformin XR a few years back and had to stop taking it due to stomach upset. I didn't lose any weigh while on it, and although I have insulin resistance I didn't feel a noticeable difference. I guess it's different for everyone.
Also, Spaggy1, maybe changing your workout will help with the weight loss hault. I know that a few years ago I would walk on the treadmill everyday, and I lost weight, but after a month or so....nothing. I had to change it up drastically to get any more results. (Which utimately made me stop going to the gym because I lost my workout buddy.) Just a helpful tip from my experience :)
Fitness Minutes: (839) Posts: 6 4/27/12 6:47 A
I too have insulin resistance, but not a Type 2. I am only on 500 mg of metformin a day, but the weight was not coming off. One of my docs recommended drastically reducing carbs to help with weight loss and it seems to be helping. I agree, to lose more, modify what we eat and get is some exercise whether we want to or not. I noticed if I do not exercise, the weight stays on. When I exercise, the weight comes off slowly, but at least it is down. My problem now - I am stuck. Lost 20 lbs and the scale has not budged for the last several weeks. Any ideas . . .
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I have the insulin resistance, but am not Type 2, I am on 1000mg of Metformin a day currently. I've lost about 15lbs since I started it in October. Combined with it if you wan to lose more, you do have to modify how you eat and get in some exercise as well though.
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I am on metformin because I have type 2 diabetes as well as pcos. But I do know that metformin is used to treat pcos even if there is no insulin resistance or diabetes. I'm no medical expert, but here is the reason why, to the best of my knowledge...
The hormones that cause the pcos symptoms travel through the bloodstream with insulin (they are kind of paired up). When you are insulin resistant, your body is not matching up the insulin and the glucose like it should be. Therefore, you don't process the insulin or the other hormones. Taking metformin makes that matching up happen. So, even if your glucose is normal, taking metformin can help more insulin (and other hormones) get processed so that the symptoms of pcos improve. Basically, it revs up your metabolism.
The good thing about metformin is, unlike other diabetes medications, it is very unlikely that your blood sugar will go too low.
Taking metformin has made a huge difference for me. Not only are my sugar levels more stable, but I have been able to lose weight when I couldn't no matter how hard I tried before. And I believe that its the medicine kick-starting my system that has made the difference.
I had really bad side effets on the regular release, but now I take the extended release and I'm fine. Hope this helped!
Edited by: JULMUT at: 4/24/2012 (13:16)
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Fitness Minutes: (18,625) Posts: 169 4/24/12 10:02 A
I think it depends if you have insulin resistance or not. I do, and before I was put on Metformin I was always so tired I could barely get out of bed. And if I didn't eat any carbs I would get horrible horrible headaches that sent me back to sleep. Now that I have been on Meformin for one month (I just upped my dosage to 1000mg last night) I no longer have my carb cravings and I have energy. Even though I really don't have a lot of weight to loss (maybe 45 pounds) I have already lost 5 or so pounds, in just the last two weeks of following a low carb diet and exercising. I have energy again and am happy. It has made a world of difference, but I have insulin resistance, high cholesterol, and the birth control wasn't helping as much as we hoped it would.
So, if you have insulin resistance Metformin might help, as does the low carb diet. Keep in mind though, many women with PCOS lose weight 3x slower, as in for every 3 pounds a woman without PCOS loses, a woman with PCOS loses one pound. It might just take some extra time. I hope this helps.
PS. My endocrinologist put me on Metformin as well as a low carb diet.
current weight: 147.0
Fitness Minutes: (839) Posts: 6 4/24/12 3:43 A
I have several post stating that weight gain is EXTREMELY hard with PCOS unless you are tatking metformin. My doctor didn't suggest it to me or anything, but should I ask about it? I really wan to lose the weight and any little bit helps! Thanks! -Leslie
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