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New drug scare for diabetics on warfarin

These docs might not be TRYING to kill you…but they’re doing a pretty good job of it anyway!

For years now, if you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, you’ve been put on an endless chain of drugs. Once your doc finds out about the dangers of one med, it’s on to the next one…which turns out to be even worse than the one before it.

Remember Avandia? Maybe you were even taking it…until it emerged that the drug increased the risk of heart attack, heart failure and death. So millions switched over to Actos…until studies found that with prolonged use, it can increase the risk of bladder cancer by as much as 83 percent.

It’s out of the frying pan and into the fire!

Now, there’s yet another drug scare for diabetics.

Unlike the Avandia and Actos scandals, this one isn’t caused by a single drug by itself…but when you combine it with another common med.

And it’s a dangerous duo that millions of diabetics are taking right now.

New research finds that combining either glipizide or glimepiride (drugs given for blood sugar) with the blood thinner warfarin (aka Coumadin) could cause your blood sugar levels to plunge to dangerous levels.

Overall, mixing these meds will increase your risk of hospitalization for hypoglycemia by 22 percent.

But that’s not the whole story.

The study finds the risk is highest in older folks…and highest specifically in older men.

And the big conclusion that these genius researchers have come up with to address the issue? Pay closer attention to your blood sugar levels.

C’mon already — if you’re a diabetic, you check your blood sugar levels more often than teens check their iPhones!

I’ve got a much better answer: Work your way off these meds if you can.

The best way to control blood sugar is to control your diet. Stop eating sugar, and your blood sugar levels will for the most part settle down to right around where they should be.

And the best way to thin the blood isn’t with warfarin…it’s with plain ol’ cod liver oil — nature’s own blood thinner.

Obviously don’t just stop taking your meds; that’s a recipe for disaster. Work instead with a naturopathic medical doctor who can safely wean you off them as you regain control of your body.

I’ll have another alert about a common drug later today, and if you or anyone you love is battling heart failure, you won’t want to miss this one.

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