I took glucophage xr for 3 years due to insulin resistance which progressed to full-blown diabetes, but I was able to go off it completely by changing my diet. A few years later I had my fasting blood Sugar
measured and it was completely normal. I also lost 50 lbs.
I now realize that if I had changed my diet to begin with I never would have had to take it.
Insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes can both be avoided and reversed by diet alone, in the vast majority if not all cases. Supplements do help a lot, but really all you have to do is avoid carbs. Fat and protein are your best friends, carbs are your enemies. Insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes (which is basically the same as insulin resistance only to a greater degree) are essentially the result of your insulin receptors becoming desensitized or even damaged by very high levels of insulin. So if you reduce the levels of insulin being released you give your receptors time to heal and prevent them from being damaged again. What causes the body to release insulin? Carbohydrates in any form. Reduce carbs, reduce insulin, its as simple as that.
What works for me is complete avoidance of all grains (that includes corn), sugars/sweeteners, legumes/beans (including soy, peanut, chocolate and coffee), starchy vegetables/tubers (all potatoes, parsnips, rutabagas, etc.), low-fat dairy and most fruit. The best quality meat, eggs, butter, coconut oil, and full-fat unsweetened yogurt are what I eat. I also get plenty of low carb vegetables, but they never replace meat. Within 2 days of changing to the aforementioned diet I felt so much better. I cannot describe the relief of not having my blood-sugar spiking and crashing every few hours. That was almost 3 years ago. I'm thankful every single day that I took the time to research diabetes and find out what to do. I hate to think of what would have happened to me if I had kept going to way I was. Sorry to write such a novel about this, I just feel very strongly about this topic.