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RichWayne
Total Posts: 74
Registered on: ‎12-30-2011

Does Metformin diabetes drug cause weight gain?

I had shed 11 pounds in the last month and a half after being advise I had Diabetes.

 

In the past week the scale has been creeping up and up.

 

I am still watching my diet and doing my walking, so I don't understand the weight gains.

 

Does Metformin diabetes drug cause weight gain?  Might this be to cause?

 

Thanks~

Richard

Diagnosed T2DM, Dec 19, 2011
12/15/2011: A1c 9.8, B/G 186
3/22/2012: A1c 5.8, B/G 102
6/21/202: A1c 5.9, B/G 109
500mg of Metformin twice daily
20mg of Lisinopril once daily for high B/P
1gm of Colestipol daily for Cholesterol



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jpg391
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Re: Does Metformin diabetes drug cause weight gain?

Here is a list of side effects that Metformin can cause from  Webmd weight gain is not among them

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Re: Does Metformin diabetes drug cause weight gain?

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Actually, metformin has a reputation for promoting weight loss.

 

I don't know what the official explanation is, but around here, several of us have suggested that it is the gastrointestinal side effects that some people experience with metformin that are responsible for the loss.


"Molly" (aka mollythed)
Type 2 diabetes diagnosed in 1995, now managed with Lantus, Humalog and Metformin; diet and exercise.
My husband and three adult sons also have type 2 diabetes.





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RichWayne
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Re: Does Metformin diabetes drug cause weight gain?

OK! Well I guess I need to look at my food intake closer!

 

Thanks~

Richard

Diagnosed T2DM, Dec 19, 2011
12/15/2011: A1c 9.8, B/G 186
3/22/2012: A1c 5.8, B/G 102
6/21/202: A1c 5.9, B/G 109
500mg of Metformin twice daily
20mg of Lisinopril once daily for high B/P
1gm of Colestipol daily for Cholesterol



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LilMissDaisy
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Re: Does Metformin diabetes drug cause weight gain?

I've been on metforming for five weeks, and I've been dropping one pound a week unintentionally.  It's from the change in my diet and exercise.

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carlking2
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Re: Does Metformin diabetes drug cause weight gain?

Richard,

Your BG was high enough for you to have been spilling ketones and sugar in your urine at diagnosis.  I am basing this guess upon the numbers posted in your signature.  Did you check for ketosis and sugar in your urine when you were first diagnosed?   How are your BG  levels now? 

 

Back when I was diagnosed... I was spilling large amounts of ketones and my kidneys were trying to get rid of the excess sugar in my blood via my frequent urination.  My body was in ketosis (fat burning mode) because it could not utilize the sugar that was in my blood and my kidneys were doing everything they could to get rid of the sugar.  I could eat anything and I was still actually losing weight.  That is a very bad way to lose or maintain your weight.

 

My guess would be that you were in that stage at diagnosis also, and its not the Metformin causing weight gain, but rather the fact that your body is now more effectively and properly using the fuel you supply it.  For me I adjusted my carb count lower until I again reached a stage of mild to moderate ketosis.  This has a dual effect of keeping my BG levels low and causing weight loss. 

 

You will need to analyze your diet and see what adjustments you can make to stop the weight gain, and maybe lose weight if you need to.  I don't believe it is the Met causing your weight gain, and as Molly said there is some evidence to suggest it actually promotes weight loss.

 

  

Thanks Rick

Diagnosed T2 4/4/2011
04/04/2011, A1c 11.2
06/27/2011, A1c 5.6
10/07/2011, A1c 5.7
1/14/2012, A1c 5.4
4/17/2012, A1c 5.4
7/27/2012, A1c 5.3
01/30/2013, A1c 5.2
08/26/2013, A1c 5.3
01/26/2014, A1c 5.5
07/25/2014, A1c 5.4

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RichWayne
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Re: Does Metformin diabetes drug cause weight gain?

Here is my Log from yesterday regarding my BG totals:

 

 

 UnfiledWaking upBreakfastAfter breakfastLunchAfter lunchDinnerAfter dinnerWii Fit   PlusWalking Track
1/27/2012Weight   (lb)         251.8 
         05:27   AM 
Glucose (mg/dL)  102   94 100  
  05:06 AM   01:40 PM 05:29 PM  
Food (Carbs) 14020 22 73   
 07:07 PM05:37 AM07:05 AM 11:58 AM 03:30 PM   
Medication (Metformin 500mg)   1   1   
   07:05 AM   03:30 PM   
Medication (Fish Oil 1000mg)   1       
   07:05 AM       
Medication (MultiVitamin)   1       
   07:05 AM       
Medication (Colestipol 1gm)     1     
     11:58 AM     
Medication (Aspirin 81mg)  1        
  05:06 AM        
Exercise (Walking)          30
          09:24 AM
BP    106/76   P:92      
    10:12 AM      



Richard

Diagnosed T2DM, Dec 19, 2011
12/15/2011: A1c 9.8, B/G 186
3/22/2012: A1c 5.8, B/G 102
6/21/202: A1c 5.9, B/G 109
500mg of Metformin twice daily
20mg of Lisinopril once daily for high B/P
1gm of Colestipol daily for Cholesterol



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toadhunter911
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Re: Does Metformin diabetes drug cause weight gain?


RichWayne wrote:

Here is my Log from yesterday regarding my BG totals:

 

 

  Unfiled Waking up Breakfast After breakfast Lunch After lunch Dinner After dinner Wii Fit   Plus Walking Track
1/27/2012 Weight   (lb)                   251.8  
                  05:27   AM  
Glucose (mg/dL)     102       94   100    
    05:06 AM       01:40 PM   05:29 PM    
Food (Carbs)   14 0 20   22   73      
  07:07 PM 05:37 AM 07:05 AM   11:58 AM   03:30 PM      
Medication (Metformin 500mg)       1       1      
      07:05 AM       03:30 PM      
Medication (Fish Oil 1000mg)       1              
      07:05 AM              
Medication (MultiVitamin)       1              
      07:05 AM              
Medication (Colestipol 1gm)           1          
          11:58 AM          
Medication (Aspirin 81mg)     1                
    05:06 AM                
Exercise (Walking)                     30
                    09:24 AM
BP         106/76   P:92            
        10:12 AM            




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ikitty
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Re: Does Metformin diabetes drug cause weight gain?

I'm not sure if this is your cause, but sometimes when people's BG gets under control better they can gain a few pounds. When your BG is running so high sometimes the body is eating up fat, muscle, or whatever is in its path to get nutrients pretty much. And that isnt a healthy loss.

I've never heard of metformin causing weight gain. Like someone else mentioned, some people lose weight on it. I unfortunatly was not one of those people. :smileytongue:

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Talvie
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Re: Does Metformin diabetes drug cause weight gain?


RichWayne wrote:

I had shed 11 pounds in the last month and a half after being advise I had Diabetes.

 

In the past week the scale has been creeping up and up.

 

I am still watching my diet and doing my walking, so I don't understand the weight gains.

 

Does Metformin diabetes drug cause weight gain?  Might this be to cause?

 

Thanks~


I lost about 40 pounds after starting metformin.  I lost the first six without any real effort on my part. The rest came off as  result of changing my way of eating and and regular exercise.  I really think the exercise had more to do with it than the metformin, but I believe that first five or six pounds could be attributed almost exclusively to the medication.


Talvie


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