My prediction came true
Back in October 2009, I wrote to you about the frightening risks associated with a popular class of diabetes drugs. So popular, in fact, that these drugs account for 20 percent of all diabetes drug prescriptions. That’s a LOT of prescriptions.
It turned out that thiazolidnedione (TZDs) drugs, which include big names like Actos and Avandia, may dramatically raise the risk of bone fractures.
This was after I had already reported just one month earlier that one of these drugs, rosiglitazone, was associated with increasing the risk of heart failure. In fact, the risk was so significant that the researchers came to the conclusion that most patients should be taken off the drugs.
You’d think I was looking into a crystal ball back in 2009. I closed that e-Tip with this prediction:
“So, here’s the big question. How many more dangers do we need to stack up against Avandia and other thiazolidinediones before they’re pulled from the market? I guess the ill effects on your heart and bones just aren’t enough–we’re going to have to wait to find out that these drugs attack every system of your body before the risks are taken seriously.”
Now here we are, not two years later, and as I predicted those serious health risks continue to mount. This time, the risk is bladder cancer.
Research published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute showed that people who take TZDs were a shocking two to three times more likely to develop bladder cancer than people taking another common type of diabetes drug.
And as the risks continue to add up it’s impossible to not wonder why these drugs are still being prescribed. After all, other countries like France and Germany have already pulled them from the market.
Unfortunately, the second part of my 2009 statement has yet to come true. We’re still waiting for the drugs to be pulled from the market. And I’m afraid we may be waiting a long time.
P.S. Considering the bad news we keep getting about the mainstream’s popular diabetes drugs, it’s no wonder you want to stay far, far away. But how do you begin a natural diabetes management program? Our affiliates at the Health Sciences Institute could have the answer. Click here to learn more.
“Diabetes Drugs Prescribed to More than 15 Million Americans Raises Risk of Bladder Cancer,” Newswise (newswise.com)