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Joyouscat
By Joyouscat Latest Reply 2010-12-22 08:36:59 -0600
Started 2010-12-21 23:03:37 -0600

I have a question, if my tests came back good no heart problems and low colesterol, why would i have to take pills for heart and colesterol, only been a diabetic for 10 months.


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kdroberts
kdroberts 2010-12-22 08:36:59 -0600 Report

It's a good question. In my opinion blood pressure and cholesterol medications are overly prescribed to diabetics. If your tests are good then raise your concerns with your doctor and then make the decision to take or not take them. When I really looked into it I decided that the benefits for me were minor and outweighed by the cost and side effects so I discussed it with my doctor and I don't take either.

There is also a lot of new research being done that suggests that the role of cholesterol, especially LDL, has been drastically over estimated and in fact cholesterol and saturated at has very little to do with cardiovascular problems. We'll see over the coming years how that pans out.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2010-12-22 08:25:39 -0600 Report

That is a question you MUST talk to your doctor about. Question everything and get answers that make sense to you. Generally those are precautionary measures, but I agree, if you are not on the rise, then post pone the intervention. If you can work with him and allow diet and exercise to work for you or maybe some natural supplements, then you have to make that desire known to him so you can work together. A lot of times they just give pills because it is the easy way.

Do you get copies of your lab results from your doctor? If not, get that every time and start looking at your trends. Perhaps he is seeing a slight increase and he wants to stop it. I have great blood pressure and good cholesterol. But I was put on preventatives to keep things in line. My blood pressure got better and my cholesterol and triglycerides got lower as well.

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