Nutrition & Dieting/metformin weight loss


hi laurie, is 500mg metformin effective for weight loss. i was diagnosed hyperglycemia about 3 weeks ago. should i go to 1000mg to see results. does it also take care of appetite too. i would be grateful for more information on this.

Hi Christoper,

To my knowledge, metformin is only prescribed to help with blood glucose control in insulin-resistant patients. I have never heard of a connection with weight loss and taking this drug.
And I've never heard of it having an effect on appetite either.

Of course, if you can lose weight it will help with blood sugar control, too. But the medicine will help control blood sugar in the mean time.

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Laurie Beebe, MS, RD, LD


As a registered dietitian (RD)I am fully qualified to accurately answer questions regarding weight loss, including those from people with health conditions requiring dietary restrictions (diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, etc) who want to lose weight, or who have been advised to do so by their physician.


I have been a registered dietitian for over 30 years and have a certificate in Adult Weight Management through the commission on dietetic registration at Level 1 and Level 2. I am also trained in coaching through Coach U and currently work as a diet coach to help people lose weight the healthy way, through gradual habit changes.

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Bachelor of Health Science from the University of Florida, 1983; Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition from Case Western Reserve University 1985; Certificate in Adult Weight Management 2006; CoachU core essentials grad 2007; Level 2 certificate in Adult Weight Management 2010.

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