I recently visited my GP to discuss several awful reactions to food I have had over the last 3 months and the increasing amount of food I am unable to tolerate. Initially I was (I think) diagnosed as NCGS but given the episodes over the last few months and me becoming very sensitive to particular foods the doc thinks that I have probably got coeliac. We discussed testing and I said I didn't want to do this. However, she reviewed my blood tests and determined I had borderline high cholesterol and blood sugar. Both apparently could be reduced by losing weight but I was offered Metformin for metabolic syndrome and she suggested I do some research before making a decision. The doctor also confirmed that there is an overlap between coeliac and diabetes. My problem, (like others on this site), is difficulty in losing weight despite diet and exercise but it seems Metformin can help you lose weight and reduce your blood sugar level. I would prefer to lose weight without medication to control the blood pressure and sugar levels but my diet is so restricted that eating is beginning to be so perfunctory and boring. I have lost a stone since last July by eating virtually nothing but forgot to tell the doc this. As of today I started the low carb diet that Janie lost tons of weight on. Not sure how long I will last on this as sugar and carbs have to be avoided and it is in the remaining foods I can eat like carrots and fruit. I have looked at the advice given to others with similar problems and it seems the low carb diet is appropriate for impaired glucose tolerance. The doc told me that stress also contributes to glucose intolerance and I have plenty of that.
I've done a bit of research and haven't really been convinced by Metformin. I don't think the doctor was offering it to me as a short term solution - I think she thought I should go on this for quite a while and I am not sure about this. Does anybody have any experience of this medication? I would be really grateful for any comments.