May 29, 2023

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In today’s episode we are talking about the side effects of metformin if you found out that you might be at risk of diabetes or if you have insulin resistance or if you have full-blown type-2 diabetes then you probably know what metformin is even though metformin does seem to yield great results in the average person at risk or already diagnosed with type 2 diabetes

There are side effects that may occur when using the drug you need to know exactly what to expect when taking metformin and ask your doctor about this and this is exactly what we’re going to be discussing today will also consider underlying factors that may contribute to hair loss but are not directly associated with metformin itself so let’s get into it type

Two diabetes is a common disease it’s also a chronic disease that is linked to lifelong effects on many people who were diagnosed with the condition diabetes is a chronic condition that causes problems with the way that the body responds to insulin which is a hormone secreted by the pancreas the condition also leads to problems with the way that the cells respond

To the presence of insulin causing more glucose to be left behind in the blood circulatory system instead of entering cells as a fuel for energy even though this disease tends to start out slowly and leads to damage gradually type 2 diabetes can have devastating effects on the human body in fact many people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes will die at a premature age

However this is not the case with everyone the prevalence of type 2 diabetes is at an alarmingly high rate a recent study by the centers for disease control and prevention showed that already one in every 10 american citizens has already developed type 2 diabetes this accounts for over 30 million individuals in the country not even worldwide statistics worldwide

These statistics become even more concerning according to the latest data released by the world health organization there are now more than 422 million people over the world who have been diagnosed with diabetes while these include cases of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes the majority of these people do have type 2 diabetes there has been a significant increase

In the worldwide prevalence of diabetes in 1980 an estimated four point seven percent of the global population were affected by diabetes in 2014 the prevalence rose from four point seven percent to eight point five percent there’s also been a significant increase in the number of deaths linked to type 2 diabetes in 2016 alone it was estimated that at least 1.6

Million people over the world died with type 2 diabetes considered a direct cause of these deaths the statistics are were even higher in 2012 when 2.2 million people died due to uncontrolled high blood sugar levels there are essentially two different types of diabetes that you can be affected by the names are relatively simple type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes

The disease is also called diabetes mellitus type 1 diabetes is considered an autoimmune disease this means that the immune system will go awry and start to attack tissues in the body that are actually healthy when this happens it can cause problems with the pancreas which is the organ responsible for producing insulin in most cases a person with type 1 diabetes

Will be diagnosed with the disease at an early age they will need to take medication and follow appropriate instructions from the healthcare professional in order to avoid early death as well as suffering other potential complications type 2 diabetes causes similar effect in the body as type 1 diabetes but type 2 diabetes isn’t an autoimmune disease instead most

People with type 2 diabetes will only be diagnosed with the condition at a later age one of the most important factors that’s contributing to the high prevalence of type 2 diabetes is that so many people are living unhealthy sedentary lives the majority of cases in which people are diagnosed with diabetes is because of type 2 diabetes insulin is a hormone that

Helps with the transportation of glucose towards the cells that make up the body this hormone really acts almost like a key to cells it helps to open up cells which then allow these cells to accept the glucose that’s circulating through the bloodstream when there’s a reduction in insulin produced by the pancreas it means cells will not get this signal to open up

And accept the glucose that’s trying to enter this leads to two adverse effects on the body firstly there’ll be a reduction in the amount of glucose found in cells this means that cells won’t be able to use glucose effectively to produce energy here we’re not only talking about energy that you’ll need to get through the day your cells also need adequate energy in

Order to perform certain functions and many of these functions are critical to our overall well-being and even to human survival the second adverse affect is that they’ll always be a constant elevation of glucose throughout the blood high blood glucose levels have been associated with quite a large number of potential adverse effects on the body fatigue is really

The least of your problems the long-term effects of continuous elevation in blood glucose levels include nerve damage heart disease and can even lead to lower extremity amputations when a person’s diagnosed with diabetes their blood sugar levels need to be controlled when uncontrolled the disease can lead to many significantly harmful and unpleasant effects on

The body there are lots of strategies that you can use to gain control over your own blood sugar levels the main one of these is a thorough lifestyle assessment in many cases especially if you’ve been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes it’s more than likely that lifestyle factors have caused this lifestyle changes become a critical part of taking back control over

The amount of glucose circulating in your body so you’ll need to limit the amount of sugar that you’re consuming and this does not only include candy there are natural sources of sugar that may also cause a spike in blood glucose levels and that’s something that many people diabetes are not thoroughly aware of yet a critical factor comes into play when trying to

Control levels of blood glucose a doctor overseeing the care and management of the person’s diabetes will also implement an exercise plan this has been shown to be effective in reducing the effects of diabetes on the body one study in the journal of clinical medical research explains that exercise therapy is actually one of the most critical parts in the management

Of diabetes this study notes that patients who are pre-diabetic should already implement exercise into their routine as this could potentially help to reduce the risk of the person becoming a diabetic patient similarly if you’ve already been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes an exercise plan will yield effective results in maintaining control over blood glucose levels

This study also notes that individuals who are not physically active and even those who fall into the category of low physical activity are at least double the risk for the development of type 2 diabetes in cases where the patient had already been diagnosed with a disease the risk of suffering for more serious complications associated with the disease could increased

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With your hair diabetes is happening in your life or to someone that you know you probably know that there are some drugs that i had known to help regulate blood glucose levels there are drugs that have been developed to assist in the management of both of the symptoms and the effects that are caused by both type 1 and type 2 diabetes the primary aim is to assist

In the regulation of blood glucose levels and in patients with high levels of glucose in their bloodstream the goal is to reduce these to a level that some what’s considered normal insulin is the primary treatment for people with type 1 diabetes as this provides the body with a dose of the hormone that’s responsible for regulating the distribution of glucose in the

Body for people with type 2 diabetes they’re likely to start their treatment with pharmaceutical drugs but they may move on to using insulin later but there are cases where insulin may be provided to these patients as well metformin is a drug that’s generally well tolerated it forms an important part of a treatment plan for people who are pre-diabetic as well as

Those who have already been diagnosed with diabetes the drug may be useful for patients with either type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes generally there are some side effects that tend to be more common than others the majority of the common adverse effects that can happen when you take metformin tend to be mild while the side effects may be unpleasant they’re not

Likely to cause you any harm on the other hand there are some potential side effects that can be more serious these are adverse events that you’ll definitely want to be more wary of it’s important to recognize the signs of a more serious side effect and know what type of action you should take in order to avoid serious complications side effects of metformin can

Include nausea vomiting upset stomach weakness diarrhea or metallic tastes most people who experience side effects when using metformin will find that nausea is a common side effect nausea can sometimes be accompanied by vomiting but not everyone who experiences nausea will vomit the drug may interact with the person’s digestive system and cause their stomach

To be upset some people may also start to experience diarrhea especially during the earliest stages of treatment there are also cases where a person may experience a general feeling of weakness when taking metformin as with the other side effects most people will find that the weakness tends to go away after the first one to two weeks of taking the drug another

Unpleasant adverse effect that happens when taking the drug is a metallic taste this can cause problems when tasting any other foods that are consumed these are all milder side effects that have been linked to the use of metformin in addition to understanding these side effects it’s also critical for a person that takes metformin to understand the serious adverse

Effects serious side effects of metformin include lactic acidosis hypoglycemia and an allergic reaction one of the most concerning side effects they’ve been linked to metformin usage is lactic acidosis the most common sign that this adverse event is developing would generally be a reoccurrence of the gastrointestinal symptoms that people tend to experience during

The first few weeks of treatment the upset stomach and diarrhea side effects tend to only affect the patient for a few days sometimes a couple of weeks after they initially start to take metformin if these side effects go away and then reoccur alone at a later date then the patient needs to be concerned this could potentially be a sign that they are experiencing

Lactic acidosis while lactic acidosis can be treated effectively when a patient fails to gain access to medical treatment for the condition there may be potentially life-threatening complications that occur symptoms associated with lactic acidosis include breath that has a fruity smell as well as confusion rapid breathing trouble breathing and difficulty swallowing

Signs of jaundice may also develop which causes the whites of the person’s eyes to become yellow if jaundice does develop then it’s also likely that the person’s skin will turn yellow this is when blood sugar levels become too high which can also be dangerous and potentially even life-threatening signs that the person is experienced hyperglycaemia include an

Increase in urination flushing a fruity odor to their breath and rapid breathing some people tend to become confused and experience drowsiness when their blood sugar levels rise too high an allergic reaction has also been noted in some rare cases while this happens in only a small number of cases it’s still something that every person who takes metformin needs

To be aware of signs of an allergic reaction experienced to the active chemicals in metformin include breathing difficulties a rash itching and severe dizziness there may also be swelling in the throat and tongue as the allergic reaction progresses the person may find that their face also becomes swollen the breathing difficulties will continue to worsen there’s a

Common question regarding metformin and the possibility of the use of this drug and it’s linked to potential hair loss the reasoning behind this question is likely linked to hair loss experienced by some people who experience this problem while they were using metformin the good news here is that metformin has not been linked directly to hair loss a complete list

Of side effects that may occur when taking the drug is released by the manufacturer and you’ll find that hair loss is not one of the listed side-effect the drug also does not have any type of impact on the human body that may lead to this complication at the same time there are still cases where a person experiences hair loss while taking metformin in these cases

However it’s critical to understand that the hair loss has not been directly associated with the use of metformin instead it’s important for the person to take a closer look at any potential underlying factors that could be causing hair loss one common issue that comes to mind is that diabetes itself may be the cause of a person’s hair loss it has been found that

There’s been an increased risk of developing alopecia areata if you have diabetes alopecia areata is a condition that happens when the person’s immune system starts to attack the follicles that are found in the scalp mistakenly these hair follicles play a critical role in allowing hair to continue growing and also act as a way for hair to stay attached to the

Head the development of alopecia areata leads to hair loss that generally occurs in patches in addition to alopecia areata it’s also important to consider the fact that the presence of type 2 diabetes can increase a person’s risk of developing a condition known as hypothyroidism this is a disease that causes a production in the thyroid glands ability to produce

Thyroid hormones including t3 and t4 conditions that affect the thyroid glands ability to produce hormones can contribute to hair loss as well this is an important additional factor to consider when it comes to looking at how diabetes might be an underlying cause behind hair loss instead of metformin itself in conclusion to our overview of metformin and its side

Effects and the effects that diabetes may have on the body particularly when drugs and other methods are not used to control the disease it’s important to weigh up all the risks and the benefits of using this drug when you start taking metformin there are some side effects that you need to be aware of but when it comes to hair loss you should note that the use of

Metformin won’t be a direct contributing factor to hair loss you should however be aware that hair loss has been listed as a potential side effect associated with diabetes itself which means yes whether you take metformin or not the presence of diabetes in your body could lead to hair loss as a symptom so guys i hope you found this video really useful please do

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