Be Careful With Preventative Medication

Nine years ago, just after I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, and before I began my nutrition studies in earnest, my PCP prescribed  a blood pressure-lowering medication.  But my blood pressure is already a little low! (Thank you Mom.)  It protects the kidneys, he asserted, which can be damaged with diabetes.

I took it for a couple of weeks, then looked up a full list of potential side effects.  There on the list was, "May increase blood glucose!"  Into the garbage.

Now meta-analyses of 49 studies including over 73,000 participants, most of whom had type 2 diabetes, shows the danger of this practice.  It only shows benefits when reducing systolic blood pressure to no lower than 140.  Pushing BP lower than 140 " is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular death, with no observed benefit."

So...for myself, at 120 or below...I avoided nine years of increased risk of death, all, thankfully, with kidney function normal.

Another example of trying to push nature too far with medication for diabetes is the ACCORD study, which I will write about in another post.

The Chocolate Question

Sometimes I see that cringe of guilt when a friend or client asks about chocolate.  As it happens, solving the Chocolate Conundrum was one of my first priorities after I was diagnosed with diabetes.   The challenge is to consume the chocolate without consuming large amounts of sugar with it.  Be sure to check the label for the size of a serving and the amount of sugar in that quantity.  The chocolate bars boasting a high percentage of cocoa (like 80%) tend to contain less sugar.  And of course you can make your own confections using unsweetened cocoa.  One of my favorite recipes is to mix cocoa with butter or coconut oil, shredded unsweetened coconut, and yacon syrup.  Low glycemic and delicious.

So take heart!  There are plenty of healthful ways to indulge, if you are so inclined.  First is to have on on hand some organic cacao, and a healthy natural sweetener, and then....I'll leave this up to you..  What are your questions?  Would you like to share a healthy recipe?