Justin Delgado is husband to Kacie Doyle-Delgado, diagnosed at age 11. After more than a decade together, he considers himself to be an expert carb counter and Dexcom inserter. He graduated with his Master of Science in Finance from the University of Utah in 2013 and has been working in commercial banking since then. He attended his first Friends for Life conference in 2015 and is looking forward to volunteering with the teens.
July 6, 2002
Pills for Diabetes
Question from the United Kingdom:
I am 51 years old, have had type 2 diabetes treated with metformin for about seven months, and it seems to be doing its job since my last hemoglobin A1c was 5.9%. However, I have noticed a greater than usual hair loss. Could this be a result of metformin's reported affect on the absorption of Vitamin B12? As part of my diet plan I have cut down on full fat dairy foods, a source of Vitamin B12, as well as substituting low fat alternatives where available. I have started taking a Vitamin B complex supplement. Will this help? Should I speak to my doctor who I am not due to see for another six months?
The problem of hair falling out is a difficult problem to pin down. It can occur commonly without taking any medications. The B12 malabsorption problem was initially placed on the FDA-approved label. However, we have not seen a frequent problem with this in practice.
Your physician can rapidly screen for B12 deficiency by performing a blood count. Common findings of B12 deficiency include anemia, fatigue, and loss of vibratory sensation when advanced.
[Editor’s comment: If you haven’t had blood testing for hypothyroidism, it might be worth a phone call to your doctor’s office to arrange testing the TSH level.