Medicines for diabetes – are they helping or causing harm?

March 2nd, 2022

Medicines for diabetes, are they harming the body? What is the role of diabetes medication and how does it adversely affect the body?

Getting diagnosed with diabetes begins with your doctors prescribing medications and the doses only continue to increase over the years, rather than decreasing. A big question here is to ask yourself – why are my medications increasing? Are they really going to cure my diabetes if it continues to increase?

Are medicines really helping with diabetes? Unfortunately no, the harsh truth is, medicines are harming the body rather than improving diabetes. Here’s a class of medications that are typically prescribed for diabetics, let’s evaluate how the medicines are harming the body by understanding the key impacts on certain dimensions in our body such as – how do they affect insulin? Does it affect the weight? Do they have a cardiovascular risk?

Class of medication

Insulin – Commonly most prescribed drug, intake of insulin produces more insulin in the body. Type 2 diabetes is due to insulin resistance, it occurs when the body continues to produce more insulin. Hence, the clear takeaway here is when you take this medication, you will only be worsening your diabetes. You can take this medication when your glucose levels are high but only for the short term to help with your symptoms but it won’t improve your diabetes. Apart from increased production of insulin, you may tend to notice weight gain and you will be at a higher risk for Cardiovascular and Hypoglycemia risks.

Key takeaway

  • Best to Avoid.  
  • Best used for a short period, only to reduce drastic high glucose levels 

Product Score 

  • Prevent – NA  
  • Manage – Low  
  • Reverse – Very Low 

 

Sulfonylureas – An example of this class of drugs would be Glimepiride, Gliclazide. Here, this class of drug again stimulates the pancreas to produce insulin and thus only makes it worse for your diabetes. The risks are the same as insulin, where it affects your weight and you are at higher risk for Cardiovascular and Hypoglycemia.

Key takeaway

  • Best to Avoid.  
  • Best used for a short period, only to reduce drastic high glucose levels 

Product Score

  • Prevent – NA  
  • Manage – Low  
  • Reverse – Very Low 

 

TZDs – Rosiglitazone and Pioglitazone are some of the drugs that come under TZDs. Intake of these medications will block the fat cell receptors and this amplifies the effect of insulin in the body leading to increased production of insulin. Hence, this worsens your diabetes and puts you at a higher risk for Cardiovascular and Hypoglycemia. There is also a significant weight gain and the medication absolutely does nothing to cure diabetes. 

Key takeaway

  • Best to Avoid.  
  • Best used for a short period, only to reduce drastic high glucose levels 

 

Product Score

  • Prevent – NA  
  • Manage – Low  
  • Reverse – Very Low 

 

Biguanides – Metformin is an example that falls under this class of drugs. When this drug enters your body, it blocks Gluconeogenesis – where this reduces the amount of glucose produced by the liver, and with lower levels of glucose in the body, the pancreas receives the same message and reduces its production of insulin. Although this may sound good, it does nothing to improve or cure diabetes. It manages your symptoms for the short term and has a neutral effect on heart health and blood sugar (glucose) levels.

Key takeaway

  • Should be ok from a management perspective.  
  • This only helps manage diabetes and does not cure it.  
  • Has side effects.

Product Score

  • Prevent – NA  
  • Manage – Medium  
  • Reverse – Low  

DPP4 Inhibitors – Sitagliptin and Vildagliptin fall under this class of drugs. Intake of these medication blocks incretins in the body, these hormones are typically produced in the stomach. These hormones help in regulating the amount of insulin that is secreted after eating. DPP4 inhibitors block the production of incretins and thus this affects the amount of insulin produced in the body. Although it has a neutral effect on Cardiovascular, with a low risk of Hypoglycemia, it does nothing to cure your diabetes, rather it only manages the symptom. 

Key takeaway

  • Should be ok from a management perspective.  
  • This only helps manage diabetes and does not cure it.  
  • Has side effects.  

 

Product Score

  • Prevent – NA  
  • Manage – Medium  
  • Reverse – Low  

GLP-1 Analogues – Liraglutide is an example, here, the medication essentially slows down the movement of food in the stomach. This medication helps in managing the symptoms but does not cure diabetes. The root problem of diabetes remains the same and you will not see any improvement.  

Key takeaway

  • Relatively these medications are a better choice.  
  • Again, they only help manage diabetes and do not cure it.  
  • Has side effects.  

 

Product Score

  • Prevent – NA  
  • Manage – High  
  • Reverse – Low  

 

SGLT2 Inhibitors – Canagliflozin and Empagliflozin belong to this category of drugs. These medications essentially block glucose reabsorption in the Kidney. The kidney deals with the reabsorption of filtered glucose, preventing it from disappearing from the body through urine. With SGLT2 Inhibitors, they block the kidney from glucose reabsorption and glucose gets flushed out from our body. The risk of Cardiovascular and Hypoglycemia is low but the medication does nothing to cure diabetes. It only manages your symptoms and you will also notice a drop in your weight. 

Key takeaway 

  • Relatively these medications are a better choice.  
  • Again, they only help manage diabetes and do not cure it.  
  • Has side effects.  

 

Product Score

  • Prevent – NA  
  • Manage – High  
  • Reverse – Low  

Alpha Glucosidase Inhibitors – Acarbose belongs to this category of drugs. Intake of this medication reduces carbohydrate absorption during the process of digestion to ensure a lesser absorption of glucose in the body. The risk of Cardiovascular and Hypoglycemia is low but the medication does nothing to cure diabetes. 

Key takeaway 

  • Relatively these medications are a better choice.  
  • Again, they only help manage diabetes and do not cure it.  
  • Has side effects.  

Product Score

  • Prevent – NA  
  • Manage – High  
  • Reverse – Low  

 

The impact of medications can cause harm to the body and it is important to know that medications only help to manage the symptoms but does not cure diabetes. Improving your lifestyle changes will help with the reversal of diabetes, by including nutritiously balanced meals, eating on time, following a good physical routine, and ensuring a healthy mental routine. 

 

 

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