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Sure, when it comes to controlling your blood sugar watching your diet is important. But it turns out there’s another often overlooked cause of rising blood sugars.
Believe it or not the medications your doctor has prescribed for you could end up giving you diabetes. In fact, there are so many drugs that can drive you to a diabetes diagnosis–over 300 of them–that there’s even an official medical condition called “drug-induced diabetes.”
Check your medicine cabinet, and make sure you understand all the risks if you’re taking any of these four common diabetes-linked drugs…
You probably know by now that antibiotics are far from the risk-free drug many folks believe they are. But it turns out it’s not just antibiotic resistance and superbugs that you need to be concerned about. Antibiotics are also linked to diabetes. And the more of them you take the higher your risk of developing type 2 diabetes rises.
According to research published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism people with five or more prescriptions for antibiotics in a year had a 50 percent greater risk of type 2 diabetes than people with one or no prescriptions. Researchers still aren’t exactly sure why antibiotics send your risk of diabetes skyrocketing, but they think it likely has something to do with the destruction of the healthy bacteria in your gut.
If you don’t have a serious infection consider trying a natural antibiotic such as oil of oregano or olive leaf extract instead. Be very picky about when you take a prescription antibiotic. And always take a probiotic whenever you’re taking one, to help protect and restore your healthy gut bugs.
Diuretics are often prescribed for high blood pressure. But taking them could have you jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire, because this blood pressure fix could raise your risk for diabetes by as much as 30 percent.
Talk to your doctor about trying natural diuretics instead. Dandelion greens work well in a salad or brewed into tea. If those are too bitter, green tea makes a milder but often very effective diuretic too.
Prednisone is a powerful anti-inflammatory and pain killer. But, unfortunately, it comes with a long list of dangerous side effects, including increased blood sugar.
The good news is blood sugars usually level off quickly once you stop taking the drug, so the damage isn’t permanent.
If you’re taking prednisone over the long term to treat inflammation talk with your doctor about tapering you off of it and looking for alternatives. The results of studies looking at turmeric and inflammation are promising, for example.
Taking statin drugs increases your risk for diabetes by a staggering 50 percent. Not only do these drugs increase your body’s insulin resistance, statins also reduce your pancreas’ ability to produce insulin. It’s a diabetes double whammy.
Consider swapping statins for more fatty fish and whole grains, especially oat bran, instead.
Don’t trade one health concern for another. And don’t let the drug that’s supposed to help hurt you instead. Ask your doctor if any of your own prescriptions could be raising your risk diabetes, and ask for alternative options if they are.