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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Dangers Of Prescription Drugs

I wanted to put some statistics on this BLOG concerning the dangers inherent in taking Prescription Drugs. I am NOT suggesting anyone stop taking their prescribed drugs, especially without close supervision of your Diabetes  doctor.

The purpose of this post is simply to make you aware that although drugs will help you control your blood sugar levels, they do nothing towards reversing diabetes. The American Diabetes Association's explanation is that you have an incurable, progressive disease, which is going to get worse as you get older, requiring either higher and higher does of drugs, or insulin to maintain a reasonable blood glucose level and A1C.

Here are some statistics on deaths caused by prescription drugs. These are total deaths annually for all prescription drugs, and not necessarily for drugs pertaining to Type II diabetes.

Excerpt from a website:

Medical Errors - A Leading Cause of Death
The JOURNAL of the AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (JAMA) Vol 284, No 4, July 26th 2000 article written by Dr Barbara Starfield, MD, MPH, of the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, shows that medical errors may be the third leading cause of death in the United States.

The report apparently shows there are 2,000 deaths/year from unnecessary surgery; 7000 deaths/year from medication errors in hospitals; 20,000 deaths/year from other errors in hospitals; 80,000 deaths/year from infections in hospitals; 106,000 deaths/year from non-error, adverse effects of medications - these total up to 225,000 deaths per year in the US from iatrogenic causes which ranks these deaths as the # 3 killer. Iatrogenic is a term used when a patient dies as a direct result of treatments by a physician, whether it is from misdiagnosis of the ailment or from adverse drug reactions used to treat the illness. (drug reactions are the most common cause).

Prescription Drugs - Leading Killer in USA

According to information we have received, a statistical study of hospital deaths in the U.S. conducted at the University of Toronto revealed that pharmaceutical drugs kill more people every year than are killed in traffic accidents.
The study is said to show that more than two million American hospitalized patients suffered a serious adverse drug reaction (ADR) within the 12-month period of the study and, of these, over 100,000 died as a result. The researchers found that over 75 per cent of these ADRs were dose-dependent, which suggests they were due to the inherent toxicity of the drugs rather than to allergic reactions.
The data did not include fatal reactions caused by accidental overdoses or errors in administration of the drugs. If these had been included, it is estimated that another 100,000 deaths would be added to the total every year.
The researchers concluded that ADRs are now the fourth leading cause of death in the United States after heart disease, cancer, and stroke.
Source: Jason, et al. (Lazarou et al), Incidence of Adverse Drug Reactions in Hospitalized Patients, Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Vol. 279. April 15, 1998, pp. 1200-05. Also Bates, David W., Drugs and Adverse Drug Reactions: How Worried Should We Be? JAMA, Vol. 279. April 15, 1998, pp. 1216-17.

Diabetic drugs:

The popular diabetes drug Avandia is linked to 83,000 heart attacks from 1999 - 2007.

A 334-page report released February 18th by the Senate Finance Committee found the FDA overlooked or overrode safety concerns found by its staff, pertaining to the drug Avandia. Drugmaker, GlaxoSmithKline knew of the risks for years but hid them from the public.
An inquiry was begun after the New England Journal of Medicine published a study in May 2007 warning of possible cardiovascular risk of those taking Avandia. We're reporting on it here at HealthQuest Radio!

Avandia Statistics:

The findings are frightening because two-thirds of the people with Type 2 diabetes, the most common form, die of heart complications, without a compounding effect of taking a heart attack-causing drug like Avandia. Even considering the distribution of such a dangerous drug is ridiculously hazardous for these diabetic individuals!
Here's the real stinger! When the drug was approved, evidence of its benefits were "at best" mixed. Avandia's label already warns about possible heart failure and other heart problems when taken with insulin. The drug elevates LDL or bad cholesterol, and causes fluid retention and weight gain. Glaxo also reported some patients suffered more bone fractures, swelling of the legs and feet, and rare reports of swelling in the eye that caused vision problems. (Even with these known hazardous side-effects, Glaxo still contends that the safety and efficacy of Avandia is reasonable as an important diabetic medicine.)

Cost of diabetic drugs:

Avandia 8mg $267.68 30 tablets Monthly
Typical quote on recent studies on Avandia,24 weeks study...
"analysis found a significantly increased risk for heart attack and an even higher risk for overall cardiovascular death from all causes."
Bottom line is again, I keep stressing that you must take some responsibility to educate yourself about Type II Diabetes, and side effects of any drugs you might be taking. You also need to look at what the latest Nutritional evidence shows in light of Diabetes and then decide if you want to just keep taking drugs the rest of your life, or do something about it.


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