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Type 2 Diabetes Is 'reversible Through Weight Loss'

Many doctors and patients do not realize that weight loss can reverse type 2 diabetes. Instead, there is a widespread belief that the disease is "progressive and incurable," according to a new report published in the BMJ. This is despite there being "consistent evidence" that shedding around 33 pounds (15 kilograms) often produces "total remission" of type 2 diabetes, note Prof. Mike E. J. Lean and other researchers from the University of Glasgow in the United Kingdom. The thrust of their paper is that greater awareness, when combined with better recording and monitoring of remissions, could result in many more patients no longer having to live with type 2 diabetes and a massive reduction in healthcare costs. The global burden of type 2 diabetes has nearly quadrupled over the past 35 years. In 1980, there were around 108 million people with the disease, and by 2014, this number had risen to 422 million. The vast majority of diabetes cases are type 2 diabetes, which is a disease that results when the body becomes less effective at using insulin to help cells to convert blood sugar, or glucose, into energy. Excess body weight is a main cause of this type of diabetes. In the United St Continue reading >>

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    Lisinopril - my horror story and I am still going thru it

    It all begins in August of 2006. Upon transferring from Puerto Rico, my assigned Primary Care Manager (doctor) got very excited (as usual) that I was a type 1 diabetic. Not requesting any tests, she immediately insisted that I go on Lisinopril to “protect my kidneys”. I went on a 10mg dosage. By October of 2006, I was on my first insulin pump and was doing great. It was recommended that I see an Endocrinologist for my pump adjustments and “the best Endrocrinologist on the Cape Cod area” was recommended to me. I have a tremendous fear of any type of doctor and my blood pressure always goes sky high in the office. I told this endocrinologist that and he did not listen and quadrupled my dosage of Lisinopril to 40 mg daily. In addition to this, without knowing my history, he listed that I had kidney disease and wanted to perform all kinds of tests – I was hesitant about this and did not trust him. My blood pressure reading did not improve much but by then we had orders to Virginia.
    Once in VA, my Primary Care Manager (doctor), seemed decent until the end of the year where she was excited about some protein in my urine (which every doc knew about). Again we had orders, this time to California. She insisted I need to go to a kidney specialist. I went to the referral and they did thorough research into all my lab tests and came back stating I did not have kidney disease. My function was a bit low and once in CA, I might want to consider seeing someone there but for now everything was fine.
    Upon reaching CA, I did more research on the list of doctors I was handed and settled on a female doctor who seemed decent. Our first meeting went well and she truly seemed to listen. By October of 2009 I was denied my insulin pump supplies (you can read the story on the various blogs) due to the fact that it was stated it was a “luxury item”. I went and fought this and managed to get the policy rewritten for all dependent diabetics here on the West Coast under Triwest. By then stress was taking a toll on me. I went in for my blood work at the end of November in 2009, and my doctor was very negative toward me. I was confused but had found out through a nurse that Triwest “had a talk with her” concerning me fighting for my rights for my pump supplies.
    My doctor came back to tell me my kidney levels were falling! My A1C was 4.5 so my diabetes was in perfect control. I told her I was on some herbs and she told me to discontinue these. The month of December, 2009, I was in every week for blood work – for my potassium which was high and my BUN and creatine functions which were dropping. The herbs had not caused the problem. Since I was only on insulin and Lisinopril, I insisted the doctor take me off the Lisinopril – she told me she could not and reduced it to 20 mg’s and put me on a beta blocker at my insistence (I had done the research on all statins and beta blockers). I monitored my bp’s at home with results such as 110/73 and was doing great. STILL my functions were falling. By Christmas I was convinced I was heading toward kidney failure. I insisted she take me off the Lisinopril completely and she complied. In two weeks I went in for labs again. My doctor told me she would try and get me in sooner to a kidney specialist – no calls confirming this and I sat on my hands waiting for lab results.
    On Dec. 29, 2009 I had another appt to “discuss” my lab results. Guess what?? My potassium level had returned to normal and all my kidney functions were improving. This was DUE TO THE LISINOPRIL WHICH WAS SUPPOSED TO PROTECT MY KIDNEYS. I had been researching the Lisinopril and found blogs by others who had hand tremors which I had gotten and they had gotten off this med. I also found a small print of medical info that stated that Lisinopril could cause 0.02% renal problems in the population – I had to TELL MY DOCTOR THIS SO SHE WOULD TAKE ME OFF OF IT.
    I am furious at the Endocrinolist who increased the dosage and for the doctors who did not track this. Further info on Lisinopril states that it can cause kidney problems and that a person with even minor kidney problems should be monitored carefully and yet, NONE OF MY DOCTORS DID THIS.
    I would still be on this medication if I had not been proactive on my health and questioned doctors. I would be on possibly dialysis. What is even more shocking is that my doctor said the kidney specialist may put me be on Lisinopril to protect my kidneys!!!! I DO NOT THINK SO - please be careful everyone!!! Doctors DO NOT always have our best interests in mind.
    January 6th I went to the kidney doctors office spitting mad as they mailed me lab work to do - ALL repetitive of what I had just done and I told them to pick up the damn phone and call my doctor to get my labs as I was NOT going through all this again and I told them my health insurance company would LOVE to know that they were double testing me. My result?? No extra labs before my appointment. I also got a consultation with the kidney doctor before my appt and I laid out what I wanted the find out, that being "WHAT permanent damage did the Lisinopril do to my kidneys".

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    Hi everyone, well it's been 11 years since lisinopril. So far the doctors have found out that this drug has destroyed my immune system. I am allegic to a wide range of chemicals and preservatives from antibiotics, to non aspirin, to contact lenses and the list goes on. Blinding migraines and hives. I cant take anything for it, I am allergic to it! I finally found holistic childrens migraine med that I can take. I cant take adult doses. I am still trying to mend. Too many meds piled on me since the doctors want me on them, The reason I am not dead is that I cant take anything. This year I had double pnuemonia and was overdosed on the antibiotic. I have lost some of my site from it and no way to sue as the laywers will state its the diabetes. My family keeps me going but I am getting tired and am starting to despair. Please, if anything, research and ask your doctors questions. Not all doctors are bad. I think many of overloaded with patients. Some are getting kickbacks - there is a site to check that but I dont remember what it is. And…some doctors are just sloppy. If you can send me prayers and positive energy, I'd appreciate it. Thank you

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    Call the makers of lisinopril. They stated to me that it is not a kidney protecting drug. Since the lisinopril I've had severe allergic reaction to every med pushed my way. My immune system is bad. Do research.

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