Prescribed meds for no problems

By lthayervandyke Latest Reply 2009-10-24 05:02:56 -0500
Started 2009-10-22 14:36:05 -0500

My dr wants to put me on meds for conditions I do not have. My kidneys were tested before I changed drs, and they were working great, and my cholesterol isn't high and never has been, but she wants me to be on meds for these. I take red yeast rice to make sure my cholesterol does not get high, and she says the statin drugs are made from it.
Should I be taking meds for no issues?

8 replies

kdroberts 2009-10-23 08:48:03 -0500 Report

Common drugs to be prescribed for diabetics are ACE inhibitors/ARBs and cholesterol medication. I don't buy into the cholesterol issue and think that the general thinking is way off on how bad cholesterol is (as in they think maybe they were wrong about LDL cholesterol and it really isn't that bad) but the more doctors I talk to about the ACE/ARB issue the more it seems like a good choice. There has been numerous studies that show that taking them protect the kidneys and the eyes from damaged caused by high blood sugar and blood sugar fluctuations in people with no eye or kidney issues. It's up to you but it's worth looking into to see if what your doctor wants you to take is the right choice for you.

MarineMomX2 2009-10-23 09:32:22 -0500 Report

I too questioned when my doc put me on the cholesterol meds when at the same time he told me my kidney's were in great shape. But, he explained that with the history of heart disease and diabeties my family has he believes it to be a good precautionary tool. Don't be afraid to ask your doc questions if you have doubts or concerns.

Judimar 2009-10-23 03:55:33 -0500 Report

It's good you are being proactive and asking questions. Has your doctor explained why he/she wants you to go on these drugs with there being no apparent problems?

Sarguillo 2009-10-22 16:15:21 -0500 Report

I am on one of the statins since it has side effects that are benificial to Diabetics. Even though I have my Colesteral in good control.
ITs just one of those things that they do.
I dont worry about it.

ptsparkle 2009-10-22 15:00:21 -0500 Report

How long ago did you change Drs., and what tests if any has she run on you. Is she going off your medical chart from your previous Dr?
If you are diabetic, it.s important to protect the kidneys.

hbkunkel 2009-10-22 14:58:07 -0500 Report

Good questions! My doctor has put me on things that are preventive and I asked my daughter, who happens to be a doctor also, and she agrees that many doctors put patients on things to protect their organs when they are diagnosed with diabetes. But you really need to discuss your concerns with your doctor.

tacticleness 2009-10-23 09:21:32 -0500 Report

my husband was a diabetic for roughly 10 years before he was diagnosed and that was only after his first heart attack perhaps if he had been diagnosed sooner the heart attack could have been prevented.
that was 14 years ago now he has been told he has heart failure even with all the med he takes i have taken care of him all this time and do not no how much longer every night i go to sleep think will i wake to find him dead.

He has been put on beta blockers but that is all that can be done for him and i feel the mean reason for this is because he never excepted the fact that he is a diabetic and has not got his sugar level under control since he was diagnosed, and has never listen to me i stopped buying things that he should nt eat only to have him demand them so i gave up and got them for him.

The reason why I am writing this is to help other people whom have been diagnosed at let them no just how dangerous diabetes is you have to change your diet and exercise is very important.

I was naive when diabetes was first mentioned to me and thought that it was just sweet s and sugar that you were not allowed but there are lots of things that can effect your sugar levels and it s not just food stress is another factor that can put your levels up .

And now i feel guilty because i wasn't firm with him and i am scared because i dont no how long he has left

Judimar 2009-10-24 05:02:56 -0500 Report

Hi tacticleness,

My heart goes out to you. But do yourself a favor and try to stop feeling guilty. Your husband is a grown man and makes his own decisions. It's his life and he is the only one in control of it. All you can do is encourage him to make wise decisions and allow him to make his choices. I know it's hard to accept, but that's how it is for each and everyone of us. The only thing we can control in life is ourselves and our actions/reactions.

Also, try to enjoy the time you have left instead of being fearful of the loss that you will one day have. There is time enough for that when it gets here. Honestly, no one knows what's in store for them no matter what state their health is. So please, try and enjoy what time you have.

I'm not trying to judge you or tell you how or what you should feel… I am simply suggesting that you live in the now instead of in what could have been or will be.

You and your husband are in my thoughts and prayers!