In general, people take medications for condition A because condition A is dangerous, with the thought process being the drug will protect the patient from bad outcomes. The patient lives in happy oblivion, the drug companies make money and the doctors think they’re doing a good job. Truly a house of cards.
All too often, the drugs being given to these patients actually SHORTENS lifespan. Granted, these patients will die with better numbers, and everyone at the funeral will look at each other and say, “We don’t know how it happened–her numbers were under control.” They are NEVER “under control” when drugs are used. Never forget that. It is the biggest fallacy mainstream medicine has ever produced.
Certainly statin drugs fall under this category. Many blood pressure drugs as well. This particular article again looks at the sulfonylurea class of drugs used to treat diabetes. Glipizide (Glucotrol), Glyburide (Micronase), glimepiride (Amaryl). Before we go over the specifics of this article, you need to understand the history of the sulfonylurea side effects.
- As early as 2001, reports were demonstrating increased mortality rates in sulfonylurea users.
- In 2005, researchers began to see that sulfonylureas actually caused damage to the insulin secreting beta cells of the pancreas.
- In 2006, sulfonylureas were shown to double the risk of dying in diabetics, with higher dosages further increasing the risk.
- In 2008, researchers delved a little deeper to identify how sulfonylureas destroy beta cells.
- In May of 2009, the well is dug deeper on how sulfonylureas destroy the beta cells.
- In August of 2009, researchers showed that those patients on sulfonylureas were suffering greater rates of heart disease.
Now that you can begin to understand how long this class of drug has been a concern, one should begin to wonder why it is even on the market. Which brings us back to this current article. Instead of spending valuable research money on other things, we spend money on finding out which member of this class of drugs is going to be the least worst.
How does that go at your doctor’s office? “Hey doc….can you give me the drug for my diabetes that’s slightly less likely to kill me before it saves me?”
As always, scrap the drugs and manage diabetes the ONLY way it should be. With lifestyle.