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how does glucophage (metformin) help in losing weight ?

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Dr. Philip Kern
Endocrinology 43 years experience
Appetite: One of the side effects of metformin is a mild appetite suppression. But it is mild. Most diabetics who take metformin do not gain weight, but don't really lose much either. Although it may help, it is not a weight loss drug that you can rely on and not a substitute for a change in diet/exercise.

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A 42-year-old member asked:

How long does it take before you start losing weight on glucophage (metformin)?

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Dr. Richard Shewbridge
Endocrinology 33 years experience
Right away...but.: Glucophage (metformin) works by making Insulin work better in your body. This helps lower appetite and does not cause any weight gain. Any weight loss you have will be due to your proper attention to diet and exercise. That said, you should have better results dieting while taking the metformin than if you weren't taking it.

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