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Study: Diabetes Drug Causes Heart Attacks

June 28, 2010

Two new studies were released this week which prove that the diabetes drug Avandia can cause heart attacks. This Reuters article explains the results and reports:

“One of the studies was a “meta-analysis” of 56 trials involving people taking Avandia or other diabetes drugs. It found those taking Avandia were 28 percent to 39 percent more likely to have a heart attack…

…But not all the studies support the conclusion that Avandia raises the risk of death or heart attack, and GlaxoSmithkline has been fighting to show the drug is safe.

FDA officials have also disagreed that the data clearly show that Avandia is too risky to stay on the market.”

So basically this fairly new drug that is designed to treat diabetes is actually extremely detrimental to your health. The company that makes it and the FDA, the regulating body that is supposed to have our health as its best interest, refuse to admit it. This is sad.

Diabetes is completely preventable and can be effectively managed with simple dietary and lifestyle changes. The place to start treating diabetes is in the kitchen, not in the medicine chest. If you have diabetes or are at risk for developing it, contact me for a consultation to discuss how my services can help improve your quality of life.

*UPDATE* July 13th, 2010

Yesterday, this article was published in the New York Times and proves that since 1999, SmithKline Beecham deliberately hid test results proving that their drug Avandia caused serious risk for heart attack.  This is yet another reason to avoid taking prescription medication whenever possible. Drug companies are not interested in our health, but are only concerned with their bottom line.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Susan Bayer permalink
    July 7, 2010 4:26 pm

    Always informative and thought-provoking info on your website, Jen. Regarding the statement “diabetes is completely preventable and can be effectively managed with simple dietary and lifestyle changes,” it’s important to note the difference between Type I and Type II diabetes. While I agree regarding Type II diabetes, an individual is born with Type I diabetes.

    Keep up the good work, especially love the recipes.


    • July 7, 2010 7:29 pm

      Ah yes! I stand corrected. There are two types and diet & lifestyle certainly affect both, but Type 1 is inherited. Thanks!

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