My info on Metformin & odor
Posted 08 March 2011 - 01:41 PM
Has anyone else noticed the sugary sweet odor?
Posted 08 March 2011 - 01:45 PM
I've been on metformin for nearly 5 years now, and while I have noticed different odors when I sniff the prescription bottle, I've never had that on my skin. Are you perspiring a lot? Is your blood usgar under good control? Sometimes when my blood sugar is high or low, i'll sweat, and that sweat does seem to have a different odor than regular "working hard in the heat" perspiration.
T2, diagnosed 8/31/06.
Meds: Metformin-ER 500 mg twice daily, HCTZ 12.5 mg every other day for BP Enalapril 20 mg 1 daily (ace-inhibitor)
Diet: I eat to my meter, generally eating 75-100 carbs/day with the occasional splurge.
Posted 08 March 2011 - 03:16 PM
Posted 08 March 2011 - 05:02 PM
metformin 2550 mg
Moderate carb diet 40-75 carbs a day
3 T of Coconut Oil daily
Vit D, CoQ10, Melatonin, Multi vitamin, zinc, B 12
Chia Seeds , Flaxseeds, fish oil, biotin, occuvite and zinc
Exercise- Tennis - 2 hours/week, Power Walking- 2-4 miles most days, Hiking in the summer on trails and in the mountains
diagnosed Feb 2007
Posted 16 March 2011 - 06:59 AM
Understanding how sweat (mixed with bacteria) produces an unpleasant smell on the body is helpful in understanding why the mineral zinc aids in reducing the smell. Our body produces two different types of sweat from two different sweat glands: eccrine (we have almost 5 million of them) and apocrine (just a few thousand). But only one of them is instrumental in producing body odor.
Sweat Glands' Role in Body Odor
The eccrine sweat glands produce a salty, watery combination sweat as our body temperature rises. This type of sweat serves to cool down our body and evaporates into the air. It doesn't produce any smell. The apocrine sweat gland, on the other hand, produces a thick, oily type of sweat in areas such as the groin and armpits, which results in body odor.
But the sweat itself from the apocrine sweat gland isn't what actually produces the body odor. It is when the sweat mixes with the bacteria on our skin's surface that the smell is formed. Other factors also influence the smell and its intensity.
Zinc and Other Factors
The foods we eat (spicy peppers), the emotions we feel (anger, stress), any sickness (cold, flu) we are experiencing or substances being used (smoking, drinking alcohol) can have an impact on the type of body odor that is produced, as well as its smell strength.
Onions can increase negative body odor smell and strength, food (leafy vegetables) can also be used to positively decrease body odor. Zinc, a mineral found in leafy vegetables and animal foods, plays a role in decreasing body odor by decreasing apocrine-produced sweat.
Zinc and Sweat Reduction
Zinc is the second-most abundant trace mineral found in our body. And our body absorbs up to 40 percent of our intake of zinc from the foods we eat. The majority of zinc derived from our food comes from eating fish, poultry, red meats and other animal food products and green leafy vegetables. Leafy vegetables work to cleanse our body from the inside out, reducing the oily sweat (apocrine) we produce.
Zinc's Affect on Body Odor
As an individual consumes zinc through leafy vegetables, oily sweat production decreases, reducing the amount of sweat able to mix with skin bacteria. This, in turn, reduces the body odor smell to some degree. Some individuals choose to take zinc supplements, but it is not clear if supplementation of this mineral can have the same affect on sweat reduction as natural food does.
Posted 20 March 2011 - 08:46 PM
In all seriousness, I don't think anything can be done. I do hate the smell of my Metformin, though, and try to swallow it as quickly as possible.
Great post, and even better comments.
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