What is Metformin?


If you suffer from type 2 diabetes, or know someone who does, there’s a good chance you’ve at least heard of Metformin. But do you know what Metformin is?

Type 2 diabetes makes it harder for individuals to break down sugar and starches into glucose. Typically, the body utilizes glucose to convert into energy. However, most people with type 2 diabetes are insulin resistant. This means that initially, your body produces an excess of insulin to make up for the body’s improper use of the hormone. However, over time, the overproduction puts strain on the pancreas, and it can’t produce enough to effectively utilize glucose, making it difficult to maintain control of blood sugar levels.

One of the most widely used drugs prescribed to people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes is Metformin. The medication is typically prescribed as just one element of a patient’s diabetes management plan.

Check out the video below to learn how Metformin works within the body to help lower blood glucose levels, increase insulin sensitivity, and facilitate energy production for people with Type 2 diabetes. Make sure to let us know what you think in the comments below!

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