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.
December 4, 2001
Pills for Diabetes
Question from San Diego, California, USA:
Why do they say metformin is not recommended for people who are not obese? Does lactic acidosis tend to happen in thin people?
Lactic acidosis tends to occur in people with conditions in which the medicine is not appropriately eliminated and the drug hangs around a long time. Such conditions include heart failure, liver failure, and kidney failure. These happen to be the contraindications for Glucophage [metformin] use.
[Editor’s comment: Depending on circumstances, lactic acidosis could occur to anybody no matter what their weight. I am unaware that there is any recommendation about using or not using metformin based on body weight.