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.

http://www.bmj.com/content/352/bmj.i717