“Metformin use by men in the three-month period before they conceived a child was linked to a 40 percent higher risk of birth defects in the offspring, according to a study published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine.” [Source: cnn.com]
A drug that is widely prescribed to diabetes patients, the side effects of Metformin include muscle pain, breathing difficulties, stomach pain, vomiting, low blood sugar, and an irregular heartbeat. Seizures and coma can also occur.
Research further shows that Metformin can deplete levels of vitamin B12 and trigger peripheral neuropathy, a painful form of nerve damage. Metformin is hardly alone in reducing levels of vitamins, however, as a large body of scientific evidence now exists to show that at least 150 different types of drugs can rob the body of essential nutrients. In some cases, such as research showing that aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid) depletes vitamin C, this knowledge has existed for over 80 years now.
To learn about Dr. Rath’s Cellular Medicine approach to diabetes, see this article on our website.