So, I have had some labs back. I have been on Berberine 1500 mg daily (500x3) since 2015. Back then, it helped me lose 28 kilograms and have a normal BMI for the first time in years. I have since put it all back (the weight gain started after I was put on high doses of prednisolone last year - I took it for a total of six weeks but the weight gain continued unabated after I weaned off it; not sure it still has any importance, though).
These are my latest fasting blood glucose and insulin levels:
blood glucose 110 mg/dL (ref 70-105); a year ago (before taking cortisone): 90
insulin 18.0 uU/mL (ref 2.6-24.9) a year ago: 13.4
It does not take a genius to figure out my out-of-range blood glucose and high insulin levels have something to do with my recent weight gain and inability to keep the weight off.
I exercise daily - walking, jogging, aerobics, and consider myself fairly fit. So far, I have followed the "eat a little bit of everything" doctrine, but may have to reconsider and go low carb.
My doctor offered me Metformin a few years ago, but I declined and tried Berberine instead which worked wonders for me back then. But now, it seems ineffective and I have no idea why as I use the same brand I used back then.
Any input would be most welcome, thanks!