Thursday, September 2, 2010
Metformin Can Reduce Risk of Various Cancers
The Diabetes drug, Metformin, which acts by making the cells more sensitive to the action of insulin, has been found to reduce cancer in a recent study on mice. Find the report here.
Metformin also makes sure that there is less insulin at any given time and that is what helps some people lose weight when they take it. I once went on it for a few weeks a few years ago. It was a dumb idea, but I did lose weight and then unfortunately a nasty side effect occurred. I developed paresthesia - numbness in my toes in the morning and then one morning my face was partially numb as if I had been to the dentist. I suspected the Metformin and quit taking it. I looked up side effects of Metformin and in one obscure site I found the side effect of paresthesia symptoms. So for me it's not an option and I'm sad about that. It was nice and easy to lose weight on Metformin and now it can help prevent cancer too. Wow, that's pretty cool and people who have diabetes and need to take Metformin can now celebrate that fact!
My observation: Metformin reduces the amount of blood sugar - right? So what feeds cancer cells? Sugar! Therefore, it stands to reason that less sugar would starve any new cancer cells right off the bat. What do you guys think? Just a thought.
Here is a major league interesting site about Metformin Seems there may be a way around the paresthesia issue by taking B vitamins. Anyway I'm not going to be doing any of that any time soon. It's better to lose the old fashioned way - fewer side effects! I'm usually 5 to 10 lbs over my ideal weight and I often think I should just get serious about it for once. I think it's because I hate dieting and love cooking and baking and eating rather.