When you hear about the side effects of many drugs on the market today you have to wonder why people still take them. Not only take them but are insisting that their doctor write a prescription for it.

Big Pharma has long pockets and is able to use a variety of media to sell their products. In addition to major media sources, they have an army of sales people constantly calling on doctors to push their drugs on patients.

Many of these drugs have lasting negative side effects and some have even resulted in fatalities (a case of the cure being worse than the disease). Many have been taken off the market only to be brought back under a different name.

Diabetics has enough problems and don’t need to add bad drugs to the list.

The proven way to prevent many complications of this disease is to adopt lifestyle changes to include dietary upgrades and starting an exercise program that’s focused on targeting body fat and stabilizing blood glucose. It’s important to get your circulatory system moving efficiently throughout the body . . . . supplying tissues with the necessary nutrients. And the best way to do this is by moving.

Read the following article by Susan Hall which discusses the negative side of diabetic drugs on the market today.

FDA Issues Warning Concerning Highly Used Drugs for Type 2 Diabetes

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FDA has issued a warning against a newly developed and highly used class of drugs meant to treat type 2 diabetes that might cause a dangerous increase in blood acids which may lead to hospitalization.

The drugs in question are Farxiga sold by AstraZeneca (has dapaglifozin), Invokana by J&J (has canaglifozin) and Jardiance from Lilly and Boehringer (has embaglifozin). All these drugs are part of the class SGLT2 inhibitors which, in order to regulate blood sugar levels, cause sugar to be excreted into urine.

SGLT2 inhibitors drugs may produce high level of ketones. ketones are blood acids that cannot by metabolized and excreted by the brain and which, in large quantities lead to coma and death.

When ketones accumulate in a large amount in the blood, the body enters a state named ketosis in which it starts working overtime on eliminating the toxic products. It will try to excrete as many ketones as it can through urine, this process is called ketonuria.

The ketones group consists mainly of three blood acids: acetone, acetoacetic acid and beta-hydroxybutyric acid. When these acids start building up in the blood, the blood ph drops and many enzymes, that make sure that the body is functioning properly, are inactivated. This state is common among those with end-stage type 2 diabetes and untreated type 1 diabetes.

While a person is in a ketoacidotic  state (it has an increase in ketones) her breath might start smelling like acetone, which is described as a sweet and fruity smell.

From March until June, around 20 cases of people who were taking SGLT2 inhibitors were brought in hospitals with ketosis. People admitted into hospital show symptoms such as tachycardia, dehydration and hypotension. There were no reports of people arriving in severe shock at the hospital.

type 2 diabetes is a common disease of the modern man and the many drugs found on the market to treat it, aim at lowering cholesterol, controlling blood sugar levels and lowering blood pressure levels.

type 2 diabetes also needs to be controlled through a strict diet and exercise, as it is mostly caused by obesity.

The warning issued by FDA, might rule in favor of other type 2 diabetes drugs, such as Januvia, produced by Merck. Januvia is an alternative drug and has as an active substance a DPP4 inhibitor.

The DPP4 inhibitor class of drugs was also deemed as safe to use for patients with heart conditions in a study released recently.

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P.S.  If you are about to start on an exercise program to help prevent diabetes you first stop should be your doctor’s office. She can assess your health condition and give you advice as to the types of activity you can participate in and how often. Start slowly and build up to a maintenance level that will give you quality of life.

P.P.S.  A good place to start is by visiting exercises for diabetics today where you will find information on a variety of exercises that will help to relieve and even reverse many diabetic complications.

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