The moment you’re diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, your doctor tells you to do two things…
Start taking meds, and lose some weight.
He might as well be asking you to stand and sit at the same time… or run and walk.
Because it’s darned near impossible to take diabetes drugs and lose weight at the same time.
And that goes double if you’re taking metformin.
Another study has found that metformin may actually BLOCK the effects of exercise and SABOTAGE your weight loss.
Researchers put a group of men and women on an exercise program — half were taking metformin and half weren’t.
The folks taking metformin had MUCH smaller gains in terms of fitness and endurance.
It’s like this drug UNDOES all of your hard work.
The problem seems to be how metformin negatively affects the mitochondria… basically, the energy centers of your cells.
I know this all sounds crazy… but it’s not.
Certain drugs actually block the effects of exercise. Scientists discovered about six years ago that cholesterol-lowering statins also keep your body from benefiting from exercise.
That’s another kick in the pants, because if you’re on statins I can practically guarantee that your doc is hounding you about exercising.
As far as metformin is concerned, here’s the good news — you have options.
In fact, research has found that the herbal supplement berberine works just as well as metformin for controlling blood sugar.
That discovery was actually made 11 years ago — but I bet you haven’t heard a word about it.
Because, of course, Big Pharma doesn’t want anything upsetting its billions in diabetes drug profits.
If you’re taking metformin, talk to your doc about switching to berberine.
If he’s skeptical, tell him to check out a study called “Efficacy of Berberine in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes,” published in the May 2008 issue of the journal Metabolism.
It’ll blow his mind…