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If you or someone you know takes Metformin, here’s what you need to knowpub-4561044891259873, DIRECT, f08c47fec0942fa0
Type 2 Diabetes is common. Most of us know someone who takes Metformin to combat insulin resistance. If you or someone you know takes Metformin, take note and share these facts. Metformin users may become deficient in vitamin B12. Metformin alters the B12-intrinsic factor in the colon. This is a fancy way to say that Metformin decreases the body’s ability to convert the vitamin into a useful form. Read more: Metformin and vitamin B12 deficiency
Consequences of vitamin B12 deficiency include microcytic anemia that causes unusually large red blood cells. Symptoms of microcytic anemia include weakness, exhaustion, confusion, memory loss, and even infertility.
A shortage of vitamin B12 causes damage to the myelin sheath that surrounds and protects nerves. This can cause peripheral neuropathy, producing pain, numbness, and tingling in the hands and feet.
In short, if you or someone you know takes Metformin, B12 levels should be checked regularly. Supplementation may be needed. The best absorbed supplement is sublingual methylcobalamin.