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New Diabetes Medications Having Positive Effect On Patients’ Hearts


YOU COULD CALL THEM DOUBLE DUTY DRUGS, DOCTORS ARE FINDING NEW MEDICATIONS TO TREAT DIED – – DIABETES ALSO ARE HAVING POSITIVE EFFECTS ON THE HEARTS OF PATIENTS. ANTHONY HAS HAD DIABETES FOR NEARLY SEVEN YEARS AND HE ALSO HAS HAD HIGH CHOLESTEROL AND HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, ALL OR RISK FACTORS FOR HER DISEASE AND HE DID HAVE A SCARE. HIS STRESS TEST WAS NORMAL BUT HIS BLOOD SUGAR HAS BEEN HIGHER THAN IDEAL AND HE WAS STARTED ON A NEW MEDICINE AND A CLASS OF MEDICINES RECENTLY STUDIED FOR RISKS AND BENEFITS. THIS TYPE OF STUDY IS IMPORTANT. SOME DRUGS OF THE PAST HAD INCREASED RISK OF HEART ATTACK AND DEATH. AND SOME DRUGS CAUSE SUGARS TO DUMP OUT OF THE BODY. THIS DRUG HAS A MORE HORMONAL ACTION. THEY WANTED TO MAKE SURE IT WOULD LOWER BLOOD PRESSURE FOR – – AND CAUSE NO HARM. FEWER PATIENTS HAVE HAD THESE EVENTS AND IT IS A BIG DEAL AND THOSE NUMBERS WERE ON THE ORDER OF WHAT WE SHOULD SEE, THESE ARE NOT INCREMENTAL IMPROVEMENTS, THESE WERE DRAMATIC RESULTS. THESE FOLKS, PROBABLY – – PROBABLY THEY SEE DIRECT EFFECT ON BLOOD PRESSURE AND ON WEIGHT. THOUSANDS WERE RANDOMLY ASSIGNED MEDICINES OR PLACEBO AND DID NOT KNOW WHICH ONE THEY WERE GETTING. AND IS THIS EFFECT DRUG SPECIFIC OR CLASS SPECIFIC? WHAT ABOUT COST? SNOO THEY CAN BE EXPENSIVE AND YOU HAVE TO WEIGH THE RISKS VERSUS THE AND IF IT’S. WE’VE BEEN LOOKING AT THE CLINICAL OUTCOMES AND I’M SURE WE WILL SEE COST ANALYSIS. ANTHONY WAS CONCERNED ABOUT THE POTENTIAL FOR YEAST INFECTIONS, DEHYDRATION, FREQUENT – – AS WELL AS FREQUENT URINATION. SOMETIMES I CANNOT TAKE A BREAK TO GO. HE THOUGHT THE BENEFITS WOULD OUTWEIGH THE RISKS. HIS BLOOD PRESSURE IS LOWER.

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