Metformin treats type 2 diabetes by helping to keep your blood sugar in a healthy range.
It does this in a couple of ways:
- It lowers the amount of sugar your body makes for itself.
Your liver makes sugar and adds it to your blood. For people without diabetes, this helps to keep blood sugar levels from getting too low. For people with diabetes, it can add extra sugar to your blood that you don’t need. Metformin helps by lowering the amount of sugar your liver makes.
- It makes your body more sensitive to insulin.
That means your body is able to use insulin better. Insulin helps your body turn sugar into energy, which lowers the amount of sugar in your blood.
- It lowers how much sugar your body gets from food.
That means when you eat, less of the sugar in that food gets into your blood.
Talk to your doctor about whether metformin is the right choice for you.
Keep your blood sugar in check with metformin on deck!