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Are You Taking Metformin/Glucophage? If so, You MUST Take This Vitamin!

hey this is dr. berry in this short video I want to talk to you about a supplement that's very important for anyone who's taking metformin or glucophage to take it's a vital essential mineral and if you are a vitamin and if you don't get it you can suffer severe long-term even permanent consequences so let's talk about this vitamin now if you know someone that takes metformin or glucophage for pre-diabetes for insulin resistance for polycystic ovarian syndrome or for infertility issues please share this video with them because they really need this information doctors are very busy we try to remember to tell people to take this vitamin but sometimes we forget and so this is very important to share if you know someone who's in that boat now let's talk about this so metformin are glucophage you may have heard of this it's a very safe very inexpensive medication that's first-line treatment for PCOS polycystic ovarian syndrome for pre-diabetes some doctors even use it in insulin resistant patients who are not pre-diabetic yet and it's definitely one of the first-line drugs used for type 2 diabetes like I said it's very cheap it's the least bad of all the type 2 diabetes medications in my opinion it's not perfect but out the reason that I think it's okay to take for many people is because it works by decreasing your livers production of glucose it decreases gluconeogenesis that's one of the things that does what it does not do is increase your pancreas it's a secretion of insulin and so it doesn't increase the insulin level in your bloodstream which is a very good thing it also makes your body's tissues more sensitive to the insulin that you're already making so your liver is more insulin sensitive your muscles even your ovaries and then a couple of other tissues in the body may be even more sensitive to the insulin you're already making so it's mechanism of action is very good in that respect but do also to its mechanism of action up to a third of people who take metformin and glucophage if they're not taking a vitamin b12 supplement they can become either a little bit or a lot a bit vitamin b12 deficient and that's a big deal if if you're older if you're over 50 you're actually much more susceptible to this if you drink more than one alcoholic drink a day you're much more susceptible to this because alcohol tends to also deplete your folate in your vitamin b12 levels the deficiency in vitamin b12 the reason we care about is that can cause some pretty disastrous symptoms but if you're a b12 deficient for long enough it can become permanent the damage can be permanent and so one of the very first things most people notice when their b12 deficient is they have a peripheral neuropathy or a neuropathy in their feet usually but sometimes the hands as well described as a pins and needles kind of feeling and some people with type 2 diabetes have this anyway and so it's hard to know if it's from the b12 deficiency that they may or may not have or just from the diabetic neuropathy and so that's why it's doubly important for somebody with type 2 diabetes to take their vitamin b12 every day and I'm going to tell you at the end of this video which kind of b12 to take so we've talked about the the one of the things which is peripheral neuropathy but other problems that a vitamin b12 deficiency can lead to is worsening memory and if it goes on for long enough it can actually lead to a certain type of dementia which is can be permanent so it's a big deal also a vitamin b12 deficiency can lead to decreased cardiac output your heart may just not function as well as it could otherwise if your vitamin b12 deficient now there are multiple different b12 supplements you can buy on the market but what I recommend you take is a methylated b12 and I'm gonna put a link down below to one that I know is is safe and reliable the reason I say take a methylated b12 is that there are millions of people out there who have an MTHFR gene mutation and they can't methylate B vitamins so even if your taking a good b12 supplement if the b12 is not already methylated and you have an MTHFR gene mutation then you can't utilize that vitamin b12 nearly as well as if it were methylated so everybody just ought to go if you're gonna buy a b12 supplement get a methylated one that way you don't have to spend the money if money is an issue to find out if you have the MTHFR gene mutation or not okay so I'm going to put a link to the to a really reliable methylated vitamin b12 down in the notes below so that's it that's what you got to do if you're on metformin or glucophage for any reason any medical reason you absolutely must take a b12 supplement and I recommend you take a methylated b12 supplement now if you enjoyed this video please consider subscribing to my channel because every time I have a bright idea I try to make a video and this actually came from a comment I got on my facebook page that said hey dummy you should make a video about this and so I'm like no you're right I should make a video about this also if my videos have really helped improve your health you can click on my patreon link it's right down below it's a quick sign up and you can throw a buck or two my way to help me have more time to make more videos just like this one also neasha my wife and i are live on my facebook page every Sunday night at 7 p.m. Central Standard Time and we would love it if you would join us there all right this is dr. Barry I'll see you next time

33 thoughts on “Are You Taking Metformin/Glucophage? If so, You MUST Take This Vitamin!

  1. 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?
    (p.s. Patreon supporter past two months)

  2. Thank you Dr. Berry. I have been on Metformin for about 15 years and no one said anything about Vitamin B 12. I will start this today. Thank you very much for posting this video. God bless you.

  3. 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?

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. If you would have just given the vitamin up front, I would have listened to your entire video instead of jumping to the end. I hate waiting around for the details you are trying to hide.

  7. Taking B12 is a bit more complicated… 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.

  8. Thank you so much Dr Berry I’m on the edge of becoming a type 2 diabetic. This is something I’m trying to avoid, so this information has been very helpful and useful.

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