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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


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 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%.


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.


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 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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In this day and age, it’s imperative that we stand up and pay attention to our health.  Don’t wait for your health to become an issue to pay attention.

We can clearly see that there is a domino effect when taking medications long term.  We are very thankful that we have access to medication in life threatening or critical situations.

Unfortunately, we have become far too complacent with taking medication.  It is our scape goat, our path of least resistance, so we don’t have to truly address our health condition. As a matter of fact, when the numerous commercials run for various pharmaceuticals, do you even pay attention to the list of side effects- very clearly stated?  The answer for most is, “NO”.

Don’t succumb to being on a drug for the rest of your life because it’s easier than making a lifestyle change.  It will cost you your health in the end.

Remember, it’s not about the number of years that we live but the quality of life that you have.  If you do not become proactive in your health, the one thing that is certain is that your quality of life will diminish with each passing year.

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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