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I am writing a research about " metformin for weight loss " my question is " how much is metformin effective on weight loss for non-diabetic person?

I am writing a research about " metformin for weight loss " my question is " how much is metformin effective on weight loss for non-diabetic person?

None: Clinical research trials on the effects of metformin & changes in body fat/weight have al shown no effect, not even an very small trend. On the other hand, all 3 glp1 inhibitors currently on the market are also far more effective for treating diabetes mellitus, do have a track record of modest weight loss without low blood glucose problems. Avoiding all carbohydrates also helps. See nusi.Org. ...Read more

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Losing Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


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What is considered the number one way for a teen to lose weight without too much exercising?

What is considered the number one way for a teen to lose weight without too much exercising?

Cut carbohydrates: Restricting the amount of calories that you get from carbohydrates and replacing them with proteins and fiber will have a more impact than any exercise. ...Read more

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Long term effects of severely reduced caloric intake (daily, for 17 months)? I don't have an eating disorder. It is for financial reasons.

Long term effects of severely reduced caloric intake (daily, for 17 months)? I don't have an eating disorder. It is for financial reasons.

More Information : There is no way to answer this question without at least some more information such as your calorie count, your weight, the composition of your calories. ...Read more

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What is a good replacement for binges due to too much stress?

What is a good replacement for binges due to too much stress?

Treat the cause: Although i agree with that symptom substitution (replacing the binging with a less destructive behavior) is a good part of the plan, overall stress reduction is likely to be a more effective long- term solution. In looking for a replacement for the binging, it needs to be something you enjoy that reduces anxiety, or it's not likely to work. Best of luck! ...Read more

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How much wheight is healthy for a person to loose, say a week? And can you answer in kilograms?

How much wheight is healthy for a person to loose, say a week? And can you answer in kilograms?

Recommend: Slower is better. 0.22 to 0.9 kg per week would be safe. Physicians may direct faster loss of morbid obesity. ...Read more

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Why is my child starting to get skinny? How much weight loss is considered abnormal weight loss?

Why is my child starting to get skinny? How much weight loss is considered abnormal weight loss?

Weight loss: Is your child actually losing weight or are they getting taller/leaner? As kids grow they tend to lean up if they have an active life style and have a nutritious balanced diet. They are actually still gaining weight, albeit more slowly than they are gaining height so the effect makes them "skinnier". Unintentional weight loss is never considered normal, so if they are truly losing weight see peds. ...Read more

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How long is it normal for a person trying to lose weight exercise in a given day?

How long is it normal for a person trying to lose weight exercise in a given day?

Cardio Mix: This varies from person to person. If you have adipose tissue to lose (not everyone does), then consider an increase in cardio and a balanced diet. However, do not always do the same exercise or you will increase your risks for stress injuries. Mix things up with walking, running, biking, swimming, or circuit training. Ultimately you need to burn more than you consume. ...Read more

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What is your thought about a 15 year old using creatine? Is it unhealthy and damage major organs?

What is your thought about a 15 year old using creatine? Is it unhealthy and damage major organs?

Caution: Nutritional supplements for muscle development can be dangerous if the kidneys are overloaded with too much protein. Most people can achieve adequate results by dietary modification, without the extra expense and risk. ...Read more

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Appreciate an answer on longer term effects of 600 mg temazepam overdose? Does it cause memory loss? Am asking for a friend

Appreciate an answer on longer term effects of 600 mg temazepam overdose? Does it cause memory loss? Am asking for a friend

Call Poison Control: Call 1-800-222-1222. That is the number for poison control. You should call them for information on overdosages of medications for exact answers. ...Read more

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How long would it take for someone with anorexia to gain about 10 lbs in a psychiatric hospital?

How long would it take for someone with anorexia to gain about 10 lbs in a psychiatric hospital?

Anorexia: I understand your concern . Feel good about yourself for wanting to gain weight. Set realistic goals. If you are under care of a psychiatrist, understand your feelings and unresolved emotional conflicts; and how they affect your eating behavior, understand your anxiety and depression. Develop coping skills Improve self-image and self-esteem. It is NOT what you eat, it is WHAT is eating you! ...Read more

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With this weight/height how much weight would a bulimic lose?

With this weight/height how much weight would a bulimic lose?

None: Despite being a life-threatening illness, bulimia is often not apparent by weight loss. Because so many calories are consumed during a binge, some will remain in one's system even after vomiting or laxative use. ...Read more

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What is a good weight loss diet for someone who is 185lbs and 5'4"?

What is a good weight loss diet for someone who is 185lbs and 5'4"?

Formula is: You'll lose ~ 1 lb/ month by eating 100 cal/day less that your usual intake so get rid of 3 pieces of bread a day, or its equivalent in other foods, and you'll loss 3 lbs / month. ...Read more

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What is a good healthy amount of calories to lose weight by? I was thinking 1200, but 1500 my be more realistic. Is 10 lbs a month a good goal?

What is a good healthy amount of calories to lose weight by? I was thinking 1200, but 1500 my be more realistic. Is 10 lbs a month a good goal?

1200-1500: Start at 1500 calories then you can gradually decrease the calories a little at a time if tolerated.. You need to burn off 3500 you take in so a more calories than you take in, so a good exercise program should be a part of your weight loss program. A good weight loss rate is 1 - 2 lbs per week. You need to make life style changes to keep the weight off. ...Read more

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What determines a baby's weight? Is it a matter of how much weight a mother gains?

What determines a baby's weight? Is it a matter of how much weight a mother gains?

Many factors: A baby's weight is determined by many factors. The size of the parents, weight gain during pregnancy, maternal diseases (such as diabetes), and environmental factors (such as smoking) can all affect the weight of the baby. It is typically advised for an average weight woman to gain about 25 pounds during pregnancy. Ask your doctor if concerned about your weight and it's impact on the baby. ...Read more

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I have been hearing a lot about isagenix for losing weight and for giving the body total nutrition. Is it safe?

I have been hearing a lot about isagenix for losing weight and for giving the body total nutrition.  Is it safe?

Hard to say: Though most fad diets are generally useless for long term weight loss. Most of them do not work, and if they do, you usually will not be able to keep the weight off after you stop it. The best for weight loss continues to be dieting and exercise. Bariatric surgery is a last resort at this time, but is becoming more common. ...Read more

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Hello.I wanna know what's the real reason for someone who had problem in gaining weight? And is there any way for hardgainer to gain weight?

Hello.I wanna know what's the real reason for someone who had problem in gaining weight? And is there any way for hardgainer to gain weight?

Doctor can evaluate: If one is truly underweight (based on height, family background, and body type), a dr. Can evaluate for a hormonal, digestive, or other disorder. If no medical cause is found, then one can add weight by eating more calories of nutritious foods, while also doing weight-training to increase muscle. Proteins: egg white, chicken breast, salmon, ... Better fats: olive oil, peanuts, almonds, tofu, .... ...Read more

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For a person who wants to lose weight but also concerned about losing muscle, is it good to use protein supplements? (1300-1500 cal diet)

For a person who wants to lose weight but also concerned about losing muscle, is it good to use protein supplements?  (1300-1500 cal diet)

Weight loss: You need to lose fat, not muscle mass. For a 1500 calorie diet, the total daily calories from protein should be 4 x weight in kilos. For example, if you weigh 50 kilos, your protein calories should amount to 200 (4 x 50 = 200). This amount will maintain your muscle mass which can increase if you exercise. ...Read more

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My doctor has given Zyprexa (olanzapine) to help me but i have Anorexia, this tablet gives me a huge fear of gaining weight and loss of control, is this common?

My doctor has given Zyprexa (olanzapine) to help me but i have Anorexia, this tablet gives me a huge fear of gaining weight and loss of control, is this common?

Sounds like : Sounds like you're going through a really tough time right now. In all honesty, I think your best move would be to discuss these concerns further with your psychiatrist. Be open and honest about what's going on and partner together to develop a plan on the best way forward. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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How much wockning to daily for a weight loss?

How much wockning to daily for a weight loss?

Not sure: Not sure what you are asking, but you need to burn off 3, 500 calories that you don't take in to lose one pound. Walking a mile will burn off about 100 calories. To be effective, exercise needs to be combined with dietary restriction. Talk you your registered dietitian and you doc. ...Read more

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Lose Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


Laxative Abuse (Definition)

Laxatives come in various types. Stimulant laxatives are potentially the most "dangerous" in that there is the potential to cause a weak or "cathartic" colon. In this condition, the colon becomes sluggish and ultimately unresponsive to laxatives. Laxative abuse is most common in young women trying to ...Read more