Was on metformin (and glipizide) for 5 years. Thanks to your inspiration, Dr. B, my A1C was low enough at my last physical for me to ask/tell my doctor I wanted off both. She agreed. However, I can't tell you how upset I am that she NEVER mentioned B12 to me all these years when two of my main complaints in recent years has been peripheral neuropathy AND aphasia/memory problems. I'm on B12 now, and can only take heart that neither should get any worse. My next bottle of B12 with be methylated. But am I closing the barn door after the horse got out?
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@Khan Khan actually you should lose weight when discontinuing the use of metformin. When starting on metformin you may initially lose some weight but over several years use (or less) the weight will often creep on.
I agree with a lot of what you say. But I took Metformin for many years and now my aortic valve is damaged. My VA Dr. never told me about taking B-12. I am now trying to control my sugar with diet. I've just started doing keto and fasting. There are a lot of stories out there of how bad Metformin is. There is even a class action lawsuit against the manufacturer. My VA Dr. never told me about B-12. I understand that you can't go against the medical community, but Metformin is not safe.
Take both, plus nutritional yeast. It has amazingly made a difference to me. I take Benfotiamine for B1. Chewable Methylcobalamin for B12. Nutritional yeast has high amounts of B-vitamins. I hope I spelled them correctly.
My dog had/has issues with her pancreas where she wasn't producing an enzyme for digestion and losing weight fast. Her vet diagnosed this very difficult to diagnose issue and even told us it would be cheaper to buy the enzyme she needs online than straight from his office. He also recommended we give her B12 because she would likely become deficient as this was a pancreatic issue and a common side effect of this condition. Our dog improved within ONE DAY.
I'm so glad I came across this video. I am shocked that doctors are not giving this guidance to their. If everyone was "too busy and forgot" to do an important part of their job unemployment rates would skyrocket. Doctors make money on prescriptions, not vitamins. It isn't that they are too busy, but more likely that they don't know and possibly don't care. Doctors should not be too busy to know the side effects of the drugs they sell, and if there is a correlation between the use of metformin and depletion of b12 than doctors should prescribe them in tandem. TY for this video.
B12 is super important. If you’re diabetic and taking metformin ASK your provider for annual labs (which you should be getting as a diabetic) ask if they include b12 and folate. This should be getting checked yearly if talking metformin and diabetic. It absolutely should be covered under your insurance as an annual lab!
Sublingual V. B12. Diabetics sometimes become unable to absorb B12 through the guts and sublingual goes directly into the bloodstream, like a shot. MUST be either a shot or sublingual (under the tounge) the easiest is to get a yearly shot.
@Nancy Muller you are mistaken. Search how much you need a year. It really is not THAT much. Your body stores it too, so a yearly shot will do it. I also take a bit of sublingual, but the shot is better.
Just looked at my B12 label (Spring Valley)... 2 gummies give 500 mcg ... which is 8,333% of the RDV!?? ONE gummy would give 4,160+% of your DRV of B12! If your body can only absorb "so much" B12 (approx 10mcg) ... WTH is going on!??
I'm T2D (7.1 A1C) and currently on Metformin! My doctors never said anything about taking ANY thing else except the medications they prescribed. I've been EDUCATING MYSELF with foods that HELP the liver and pancreas! I want to be totally off all meds...!! I'm taking supplements Cinnamon, B12, Ginger Root, Zinc, Milk Thistle and Turmeric Curcumin. I'm researching garlic as well for my triglycerides! If/when doctors prescribe metformin/glucophage...WHY isn't B12 AUTOMATICALLY prescribed also!?? I'm finding more and more sites that are DIRECTLY contradicting what the medical community has been PEDALING for DECADES!!! GRRR!!!
Just FYI, I have the MTHFR genetic mutation and we cannot detox well either, so taking supplements with magnesium sterate or fillers are harmful. I have get filler free or supplements that have inert fillers. Many times I purchase the supplement powders without any fillers and capsule my own supplements. Great video and I love learning from you Dr. B.
So I clicked on the link you said for B12 methylated form. Yes that's great advertising but I can't find it. I can't find the B12 video. Yes it's awfully nice to go through all of your videos and sell a lot of products but where the hell is the B12 article. Jesus that pisses me off you people.
I just found this video and had to thank you for the info. I have been on Metformin for 3 months for pre-diabeties and see my doctor tomorrow. I will certainly request a B12 shot and show him your video...it really helped me understand why I'm taking this and why B12 was mentioned several times in my medical record.
SOoooo, stop metformin or take B12? Where I live (secret undisclosed location) one may purchase injectable B12 OTC. My understanding is that oral B12 is a crap shoot. Many folks cannot assimilate oral dosage. Please give me some clarification on
this. Are you just trying to sell something?
Yes. Because calcium is very necessary for the muscular contraction, the most calcium you have in your bloodstream, the most energy muscles can use from metabolism. Also vitamins from the B complex, for energy sources especifically B5, B6.
He’s telling the truth- I was put on Metfornin as a precaution. 7 years later... I had permanent nerve damage in my feet and ringing in the ears due to a B12 defiency. I had to figure guys out and my endocrinologist didn’t catch it. So, now I take weekly injections is B12 for the rest of my life
Vitamins will usually say how much to take on them as a percentage of daily value. If you have a medical condition or take other meds, you can always Google "B12 + (insert condition or other meds)" and find lots of answers as well. Good luck! Also, kindness is not a proper noun. :)
I quit Met after 4 months. A Doc told me to quit it if it shows no good result. I quit the stuff and actually felt better. it must have a bad side effect. A lot of Drs dont have a clue about the side effects of a lot of meds. you need to educate yourself about drugs as they can make you worse.
Glad you had good results. Yes, my pharmacist always asks me why my doctors are prescribing so many potentially dangerous combos and that Drs do not know about interactions. They just prescribe them like candy without knowing drug info at all. I try to stay away from pills.
Taking B12 is a bit more complicated.....it also has to do with being a slow or fast metabolizer, so you know whether to take cynocobalium or methylcobalium….taking the wrong one will cause your b12 levels to increase...because you are wasting it. it just kinda floats around and makes the levels higher while doing nothing for you. Also taking the right folic acid....or methylfolic….and taking enough b6....whether normal or P-5-P.
Is there any practical way of getting these vitamins from dietary sources in the doses needed? I've heard mineral supplements are easy to abuse, often most of the inputs are not needed and just lead to unnecessary stress on the Kidneys
What do you think of B12, 1000 mcg , 1 daily (as Cyanocobalamin) ? Nothing mentioned of methylated on the bottle. I refused Metformin and got my AIC down from 7.3 to 5.8 and hope next test will be lower.
Dot Marie good for you!!! But don’t take cyano anything. That is man-made vitamin B-12 and converts to cyanide daily if you take it daily. You want the natural form called cobalamin. Methylcobalamin is better for people that cannot methylate their B vitamins. (MTHFR)
I have been taking metformin 500mg twice a day since 2012. My GP has not once brought up that I should be taking B12 on the side. This is the same doctor that wanted me to drop to one metformin a day and then prescribed me a statin (which I never or will ever fill) which jacks up your blood sugar. I have been keto since May '18 and I know my A1C is at a 5. Needless to say, I trust Dr. Berry more than the prescription happy GP who is losing me as a patient...
In a future video would you address what to expect with your body reacting to going off Janumet (Metformin and Januvia mix)? My blood sugar numbers were going down, staying down, and I went off the meds. However, still sticking to keto, my blood sugar numbers began to rise. Is this a body function adjustment when you go off the meds? I chickened out and went back on the meds. Thanks for doing what you and Neisha do.
Thanks Dr. Berry. I told my sister Immediately after watching your video. Her doctor just put her back on Metformin and she not taking any vitimans. She's seeing her doctor soon and will ask about this issue.
Ok wow! Mind blown.. I went in January to my doctor and I was told I have type 2 diabetes, they put me on the Metformin and told me to do the Paleo diet. I had just started the Keto diet 2 weeks B4, I tried the Paleo but that's not for me. I just went to the doctors yesterday and I'm not diabetic any more? Sure I account it to the Keto diet and I have lost 39.7 lbs. But i have that tingling feeling on the bottom of my feet and it feels like i have a ball on the bottom of my feet under my toes. I told this to my doctor and he said oh take B12 1000 to 1200 and that will go away goodbye, Next... I feel so lost and unsure. I just ordered the B12 you posted I'm praying it will help.
Im on metformin and at 500 mg a day. I was never told to take b12 ever and i was pre diabetic for a good 10 years and now on metformin and glipizide and aloglipton at the lowest level due to ckd stage 3. What mg is best when choosing b12??
@Nancy Muller Of course you can, just like you get it from consuming food. They sell B Complex tablets in many different health shops. The series of B vitamins within the blood stream that are not needed are flushed out by your body via the urine which causes that change. The colour present is Riboflavin.