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A large number of studies are now showing that Many widely prescribed medications can predispose  a person to develop type 2 diabetes or can actually precipitate diabetes.  This incidence, especially increases when pre-existing risk factors are present.

A vast majority of medications may act by increasing insulin resistance, by diminishing the secretion of insulin, or both.

Widely Used Medications Linked With Causing Diabetes

Thiazides: Thiazide diuretics (HydroDIURIL-hydrochlorothiazide or Lozol-indapamide) are a type of diurectic, used to treat high blood pressure by increasing your water excretion (elimination).  They cause the kidneys to pass more fluid into the urine. Along with water, diuretics cause the excretion or loss of many minerals through the urine, especially potassium.  These diuretics revolutionized the treatment of hypertension in the 1960s, but were soon noted to increase the risk of diabetes. Research revealed that decreased potassium levels are directly linked with developing Type 2 Diabetes.


Beta-blockers: Beta blockers such as atenolol should no longer be prescribed, according to the guidelines from the National Institute for Clinical Excellence.  Medications, like, metoprolol (Lopressor, Toprol XL), Nadolol (Corgard) and atenolol (Tenormin) impair insulin release. Several studies have linked chronic use of β-blockers with an increased risk for the development of diabetes. In fact the research revealed that Beta-blockers increase diabetes risk by 50%.


Statins: Cholesterol lowering medications, like Lipitor, Crestor, Zocor, Simvastatin, Atorvastatin-to name a small few have been linked with causing an increased risk for developing diabetes by 26 times.  This risk is even in the absence of any other predisposing factors like obesity.  The FDA has issued a ‘Black Box’ warning on Statin medications, warning consumers of the increased risk of diabetes, as well as other illnesses.


Steroids: Corticosteroids are used to reduce harmful inflammation.  Corticosteroid use is wide spread and is prescribed for pain and inflammation, upper and lower respiratory conditions (asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, etc.), autoimmune diseases (Lupus, RA) and Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD)-like Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis.  Corticosteroids increase insulin resistance, which ultimately allow glucose levels to rise and remain higher, ultimately leading to full blown diabetes.


Antidepressants:  Antidepressants are the 3rd most widely prescribed group of drugs in the U.S..  A study performed at the University of Southhampton in the United Kingdom, along with 20 other studies, found that using antidepressants – including SSRIs, SNRIs, MAOIs, and TCAs- was associated with a greater likelihood of developing type 2 diabetes, regardless of other diabetes risk factors like obesity.  One study found that when using both TCA antidepressants and SSRI antidepressants at the same time, the risk for developing diabetes doubled.


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The Mayo Clinic and Olmsted Medical Center state that 7 out of 10 Americans are on at least one prescription drug and more than half of these people take 2 or more.  This is both SHOCKING and ALARMING!


As a nation, we have become both oblivious and complacent when it comes to medication side effects.  When was the last time you seriously paid attention to the side effects listed during a pharmaceutical commercial?  


We have seen repeated statistics for how diabetes continues to rise due to obesity and lifestyle; but now, we actually find out, even without risk factors, you can still develop diabetes as a side effect of these medications.


Remember diabetes is responsible for a vast array of illnesses and diseases like kidney failure, cancer, strokes, heart attacks and peripheral neuropathy.


Become proactive!  Instead of reaching for the prescription medication – because that is the easy way- take control back of your health.


There is a plethora of information and research that shows you can lower blood pressure,, cholesterol and systemic inflammation with lifestyle changes and herbs and supplements.


Other studies have shown herbs that effectively manage depression without the use of these dangerous medications.


If you are tired of the domino effect of side effects you have been experiencing from your medications but you need guidance- Call Us at:  210-492-0111  or for more information visit:

Dr. John Coppola, D.C. and Dr. Valerie Monteiro, D.C.

This blog has been provided by Dr. John Coppola, D.C. and Dr. Valerie Monteiro, D.C. Dr. Coppola and Dr. Monteiro are the founders of the San Antonio Neuropathy Center, and Precision Sport & Spine. They are the leading experts in the field of neuropathy and specifically drug free nerve repair. They are the authors of the critically acclaimed book “Defeat Neuropathy Now …. In Spite of Your Doctor. The doctors have over 25 years of clinical experience.

If you would like to reach the doctors regarding a specific health problem, you may email them at [email protected].

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