What Prescription Drugs Increase the Risk of Diabetes?

Research has confirmed that certain prescription drugs being prescribed by doctors for you and/or your children may dramatically increase the risk of developing Diabetes. And as if that news wasn’t bad enough, research now proves that elevated blood sugar and insulin levels increase your risk of getting cancer. That’s a major double whammy!

For children and adolescents, it is the use of antidepressants or antipsychotics that increases the risk factors. A ten-year study conducted in South Carolina (from 1996 through 2006) confirmed that not only can these drugs increase the risk of violence and suicide, but now we know they can double the risk of developing Diabetes.

Since there has been a dramatic increase in the use of second-generation antipsychotics (SGAs) in young people, it may not be a surprise that Diabetes in our youth has increased dramatically as well. For those who follow medical science and news, it has long been known that prescription drugs do not really have side effects. Rather, they have negative effects, in addition to the effects of their intended use. You simply cannot introduce chemicals into the body without a reaction.

Antipsychotics have been shown to cause excessive weight gain and metabolic dysfunctions such as hyperglycemia, hypertension, and dyslipidemia. Listed below are few of the drugs being prescribed that may fall into the categories for increased risk:

Abilify, Wellbutrin, Aplenzin, Celexa, Anafranil, Norpramin, Zonalon, Silenor, Cymbalta, Lexapro,  Prozac, Luvox,Tofranil, Marplan, Remeron, Pamelor, Aventyl, Zyprexa, Paxil, Pexeva, Vivactil, Seroquel, Risperdal, Soloft, Surmontil, Effexor, and Geodon 

Statins are the other main group of drugs increasing the risk for developing Diabetes, and are more often prescribed for adults. According to Harvard Medical School, an increased risk for all statin therapy is 48%, confirmed in an analysis of 153,000 patients. The bad news is that it was consistent for both low dose and high dose amounts of statins. That bears repeating…all statin drugs increase the risk for developing Diabetes.

According to a CDC (Center for Disease Control) report, Diabetes is now reaching epidemic proportions. Yet the most amazing thing from the report is that the doctor who published the report said “I hope patients will not be alarmed and stop taking their statins.”

Consider the facts....if you develop Diabetes, it carries a more direct relation and is a more accurate indicator of heart attack and stroke, plus it also increases your risk for developing cancer. That would appear to indicate a very good reason for alarm!

A better solution would be to seek ways to control your cholesterol (diet and exercise) rather than rely on dangerous statin drugs which have plenty of known negative effects on the body. (We also carry two Enerex products, Cholesta Check and Omega 3,6,9, which have proved very helpful for those dealing with improving their HDL and LDL ratios.)

Regardless, the point of this article is to raise awareness on the risk of developing Diabetes while taking certain classes of drugs. Once you have Diabetes, the risk for Alzheimer’s, cancer, amputation, heart attack, stroke, and obesity all rise dramatically. It will certainly affect your quality of life.

There are plenty of diet changes which can be made that may provide a significant improvement in our youth, versus the use of prescription drugs. The same can also be said for dealing with high cholesterol.

Bottom line - make sure you know and understand the elevated risks associated with taking these drugs, and what they are doing to your body, should you choose to take them and/or give them to those you love.