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WARNING: FDA Says 4 Popular Diabetes Drugs May Damage Kidneys, Cause Infections

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The FDA has issued strengthened warnings that four popular drugs used to treat type 2 diabetes may lead to severe health complications. The drugs have been found to increase a user’s risk for conditions such as diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), urinary tract infections and even heart failure.

3 SGLT2-Inhibitors Present Risky Side Effects

Three drugs included in the FDA warning are called sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 (SGLT2) inhibitors, which are designed to lower blood sugar in type 2 diabetes patients.

According to one report, canagliflozin (Invokana), dapagliflozin (Farxiga), and empagliflozin (Jardiance) — all SGLT2 inhibitors — may lead to diabetic ketoacidosis, or DKA., which is characterized by having too much acid in the blood.

Ketoacidosis can lead to diabetic coma and even death. The signs and symptoms of DKA include difficulty breathing, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, confusion, and unusual fatigue or sleepiness.

It is known that those with type 1 diabetes are at risk for DKA, but it was previously a very rare condition for those with type 2 diabetes.

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Metformin Doubles Down on Risks

If you were breathing a sigh a relief that Metformin wasn’t mentioned above, we regret to tell you that Metformin is far from making the “safe by all standards” list. It not only carries an equally strong warning for those concerned about kidney function, studies show Metformin also puts your heart at risk.

This is another in a long list of examples of the harm Big Pharma’s drugs can cause when a system is more interested in getting a product to market than it is in testing its safety. When it comes to how we treat diseases, it seems the conventional medical system remains wedded to the creation of more and more exorbitantly priced drugs that it can patent, often ignoring natural ingredients that have been clinically tested to be as effective as risky drugs. (Berberine alone is an excellent example of this. In one recent study, berberine was found to be just as effective as Metformin.)

Talk to Your Doctor

As we’ve noted before, it is possible for many diabetics to keep their blood sugar levels close to a normal range with an integrative approach. Now that you’re armed with this knowledge, if you are currently taking one of the noted medications, it is important that you talk to your physician about about your concerns immediately; there may be better, safer alternative available.

There are many options to consider that can help you maintain healthy glucose levels naturally. More and more research is being conducted on this topic, and it is a good idea to stay up to date on these studies. For example, recent research has confirmed many herbs, such as cinnamon, berberine and curcumin have surprisingly beneficial impacts on blood sugar balance.

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