Happy Memorial Day! It’s time to honor the brave Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice — so, before you light up the grill be sure to take a moment to pay your respects.
Here’s something else to do before you light that grill: check your diabetes meds, because I’ve got an urgent new warning about a wildly popular drug.
And if you’re on this medication yourself, you could LOSE one or even both of your feet!
The new warning — which comes direct from the FDA — says the wildly popular diabetes drug canagliflozin can increase your risk of amputation.
Think about that for a second. Amputation.
Short of death, side effects don’t get more permanent than that!
This drug — better known as Invokana, Invokamet, and Invokamet XR — isn’t some rinky-dink little player no one’s ever heard of.
It’s a blockbuster med… the kind of drug that makes big, fat bonuses for Big Pharma bigwigs come true.
Just last year, it did $1.4 BILLION in sales!
That’s more money than a hot new Star Wars earns at the box office — except if you saw the coming attractions for this one, you’d never buy a ticket.
The new FDA warning finds this drug can DOUBLE your risk of those devastatingly permanent leg and foot amputations.
The most common parts hacked off are the toes and middle of the foot, but some patients lose most or even all of the leg. Some folks who take this drug end up with MULTIPLE amputations and eventually end up losing all or part of BOTH limbs!
Of course, you can already hear the mainstream yammering on about how the overall risk is low.
But even if you take this drug and keep both your feet, you might not get off scot-free.
Heck, you could STILL end up crippled!
It’s part of a drug class called SGLT2 inhibitors, which can cause weak and thinning bone, especially in the hip or spine. Taking the med for just THREE MONTHS can increase your risk of a devastating bone break.
One report found that up to 1.5 percent of patients who take this drug could suffer fractures and breaks.
And that’s STILL not all.
SGLT2 inhibitors can also cause ketones to build up in the blood, which could lead to a medical emergency that requires immediate hospitalization.
And for what?
For NOTHING! A study last year found that most new diabetes drugs — including these pricey SGLT2 inhibitors — often work NO BETTER than plain old metformin.
Don’t get me wrong — metformin’s no picnic either and can lead to everything from bad gas to nutritional deficiencies. But a case of cutting the cheese too much is certainly a heck of a lot better than falling over, cracking your hip, AND having a foot chopped off.
Here’s an even better way: Commit to a diabetes-beating diet low in carbs. Follow it closely, and you can work with your doc to cut back on the meds and maybe even toss ’em out for good.