Diabetes drugs linked to life-threatening pancreas swelling

Diabetes drugs linked to painful, life-threatening condition

You know, if I had a nickel for every time Big Pharma has let us down, I’d be eating nickel soup in a nickel-filled hot tub.

But their latest foul-up is a real kick in the gut — literally. And if you’re one of the millions of Americans suffering from type 2 diabetes, it could even leave you fighting for your life.

Scientists at Johns Hopkins University have discovered that Januvia and Byetta, part of a new class of diabetes drugs, may DOUBLE your chance of developing a painful and life-threatening condition.

Researchers compared nearly 1,300 patients taking Januvia or Byetta with the same number of patients who were using other diabetes treatments. And what they found was frightening.

The diabetic patients on Januvia or Byetta had twice the risk of developing pancreatitis, a debilitating swelling of the pancreas that can cause life-threatening complications if left untreated.

The symptoms of pancreatitis are literally gut-wrenching. They include abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, fever, and low blood pressure. It’s like the flu on steroids. And, over time, it can even lead to deadly pancreatic cancer.

How could such potentially dangerous drugs have been brought to market and prescribed to millions? According to one of the study’s authors, prior to the FDA’s approval of the drugs, “important safety findings may not have been fully explored.”

Well, I don’t know if the FDA fully explored the problems with the drugs — but I do know they were aware of them. When the drugs were tested on animals prior to approval, some of their pancreases swelled up like party balloons!

As I’ve told you before, don’t count on the FDA to watch out for your best interests — you need to look out for yourself. If you’re taking Januvia or Byetta, make an appointment to see your doctor and talk about the risks. And if you’ve been taking these drugs and are suffering from abdominal discomfort, seek medical attention right away.

In the meantime, there are some safe and natural methods for lowering your blood sugar that you can discuss with your doctor. From supplementing with cinnamon to following the Mediterranean diet, there are plenty of options for keeping your blood sugar under control without the stomach-twisting side effects that often accompany a Big Pharma prescription.

Sources:

Newest Diabetes Drugs Linked to Higher Pancreatitis Risk: (www.bbc.co.uk/news)

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