What are Carb Blockers and Do they Work?
Carb blockers are medications used to treat type 2 diabetes. There are two types of carb blockers: insulin sensitizers and non-insulin sensitizing (or NISS) drugs. Insulin sensitizers block the effects of insulin, which causes blood sugar levels to rise when taken with food or injected into the body. These drugs are usually prescribed for patients with type 1 diabetes. Non-insulin sensitizers, such as those found in the class of drugs known as beta blockers, prevent blood sugar from rising too high. Beta blockers have been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, but their use is limited because they don’t lower blood glucose enough to make them useful for most people with type 2 diabetes.
Beta blockers can cause side effects including nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue and dizziness. People using these drugs may need to take them at night while sleeping. Both types of drugs can cause weight gain; some drugs in this class make it difficult to gain weight, but most make it very easy.
Common brand names include Glucobay, Glyburide and Amaryl.
Do carb blockers work?
The main way to answer this is to say that they don’t work as well as other drugs, even though they can seem to be effective in the short term. There are side effects to be aware of as well.
Glucobay, which has been shown to cause weight gain in people who take it. People who take this drug over the long term have a greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes than people who don’t take it at all! The drug also increases the chances of developing heart disease and stroke.
Glyburide and Amaryl also cause weight gain. Companies selling these drugs don’t include information about potential weight gain on their websites or in their advertising. This is a serious concern, especially because many people are put on these drugs without first being tested for weight gain potential.
Another concern is that most of the drugs in this class can cause pancreatitis. Pancreatitis is a serious condition in which the pancreas becomes inflamed. This can cause abdominal pain that can become quite intense.
It can also cause jaundice, nausea, vomiting and fever.
Carb blockers are not a long-term solution for weight loss. They can be useful to avoid blood sugar spikes after eating carbohydrates, but they don’t offer other benefits such as helping you keep the weight off after losing it. You may find that your blood sugars are better controlled by avoiding carbohydrates than by taking these drugs.
You may also find that a low-carbohydrate diet reduces your appetite and helps you lose weight.
There are some natural foods that can help you reduce your appetite as well. You may want to try drinking plenty of water and eating foods rich in fiber such as vegetables. You should also try to eat healthy fats such as those found in olives, olive oil and avocados.
If you drink alcohol, make it red wine instead of other types. All of these changes should help you to lose weight and keep it off over the long term.
Have you had any experience with carb blockers? Did they help you lose weight or did they not seem to work at all?
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