Why the Drama?

Diabetes is on the increase, and it is killing more people each year. Those it doesn't kill can still fall victim to any of a number of serious complications.

The biggest single problem is not the diabetes itself, it is lack of knowledge.

Sometimes this is simply not being aware that you have diabetes - there are often no obvious symptoms of diabetes - but more often it is a failure to understand the seriousness of the problem.

'Pussyfooting' around the issues doesn't help anyone.

You need to know what diabetes is, you need to know how damaging it can be, and you need to act now, not later when the damage is already done.

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Diabetes Caused by Beta Blockers

Diabetes Caused by Beta Blockers

People using beta-blockers to treat high blood pressure have a 50 per cent increased chance of developing diabetes mellitus compared to being on more modern treatments, diabetes experts have shown. Surprisingly, a new study reveals the dangers involved in using the older drugs which have fallen out of favor for use on raised blood pressure.

Diabetes patients using beta-blockers and diuretics (the standard prescribed drug for more than 30 years) are at far higher chance of becoming diabetic. Not only are they not as effective than newer treatments, however they actually hasten and, in some circumstances, encourage the ailment in sufferers from blood pressure who are already at elevated probability. As a result many people taking the old fashioned drugs are getting diabetes avoidably every year because of this.

Until recently, around two million patients were using beta-blocker style treatments. But more recent guidelines to doctors advises new ACE inhibitors and calcium channel blockers must be the first choice treatment for the growing numbers of Patients given treatment for high blood pressure. The change came after research which found the traditional treatments were only 50 per cent as effecacious at preventing strokes and coronary failures. What is Diabetes: Diabetes is a malady in which your body does not put out or react properly to insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is necessary to change glucose into energy necessary for daily life.

The reasons for diabetes developing continue to be not fully understood, although both genetics and lifestyle factors like excess weight and lack of physical exercise are thought to be significant factors.

Diabetes Symptoms:

  • The initial symptom of diabetes mellitus is often excessive thirst (that has not been casued by exercise, general heat, or temporary sickness)
  • Excessive hunger; (you know you’ve eaten enough, but you are still wanting to eat more)
  • Needing to urinate often, (often noticeable because you have to wake frequently at night)
  • Feeling tired and lacking energy (possibly severe enough to make you fall asleep without warning after meals). This is one of the most commonly observed symptoms of diabetes).
  • Sudden and unusual weight loss (any dramatic change in weight is a warning sign to make an appointment with your doctor)

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