It sounds too good to be true. A small pill that could help you lose those extra pounds and keep you younger longer? But many studies say that Metformin may have some amazing benefits for those wanting to look and feel their best as they get older. Here is what you need to know about this medication and the benefits it may provide.
What Is Metformin?
Metformin was FDA-approved to treat type 2 diabetes in 1995, but it has been used as an anti-diabetic drug in Europe since the 1950s. The drug is used to improve glucose tolerance and limit insulin resistance, two issues that occur in those that are pre-diabetic or with type 2 diabetes. These issues also tend to occur as you get older, contributing to weight gain and other aging factors.
One of the key factors in Metformin is the activation of AMPK (adenosine monophosphate-activated protein kinas), an enzyme that is important for processes in the body like fatty acid oxidation and glucose uptake. It works similar to an anti-oxidant and increases energy at a cellular level, increasing fat burning, detoxifying and protection against oxidative stress.
Metformin for Weight Loss
There has been evidence that Metformin could result in weight loss for diabetic patients, but now some studies show that many people may receive these benefits. The improved insulin resistance and glucose tolerance combined with the AMPK stimulation of the metabolism can result in weight loss for many users. There have been a few studies performed with Metformin citing weight loss for patients who were not diabetic and with minimal negative side effects.
Metformin for Anti-Aging
Aging begins at a cellular level and that is where Metformin offers anti-aging benefits. The stimulation of AMPK is believed to promote reduced oxidative damage to the cells – this includes cells in all tissue, including the brain. It can also decrease inflammation in the body. Some of the anti-aging benefits that are believed to accompany the use of Metformin include reduced risk for cardiovascular disease, protection against neurodegenerative disease, improved cognitive function and possible reduced cancer incidence. These anti-aging benefits are being studied in a six-year FDA clinical trial on Targeting Aging with Metformin (TAME).
Metformin seems to have the possibility of helping the body restore a more youthful metabolism and improved function at a cellular level. If you want to learn more about Metformin for weight loss or anti-aging, contact us at Arcadia Wellness Center in Phoenix.