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The Best (and Worst) Diabetes Drugs—for Your Heart

Heart disease is the number-one killer of people with type 2 diabetes, so you would think drugs that help control diabetes would be good for the heart. But the opposite is sometimes true—some commonly prescribed diabetes drugs actually increase your risk for heart disease. There are many ways this can happen, explains Debabrata Mukherjee, MD, chief of cardiovascular medicine at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso. “Sometimes they can cause hypoglycemia—low blood sugar—which can reduce the amount of nutrients going to the heart. Sometimes they raise bad lipids and lower good cholesterol, or increase water retention [which raises blood pressure]or reduce the ability of the coronary arteries to dilate properly. And some, we don’t understand why they raise the risk for heart disease.” How could these drugs be developed by the pharmaceutical industry and be approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yet make people with diabetes more likely to develop heart disease? Read on to find out how we got into this mess—and learn which diabetes drugs actually protect your heart. RESEARCHING DRUGS…WITH BLINDERS ON Until 2008, clinical studies needed to get Continue reading >>

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  1. Bradleigh

    Metformin & chest pains?

    I have been taking Metformin for the last couple of weeks and yesterday I left work with chest pains. I am 28 years old, and I've never had any kind of heart problems. And now it feels like my 3 year old is sitting on my chest. It's extremely tight and it's hard to breathe. I have to yawn to take a deep breath. It hurts, and I was wondering if I was the only one experiencing anything like this???
    (And I have spent over $350 in the last two weeks on 2 doctor appointments, I can't afford to go back) Any advice? I've taken valium, and that didn't even work. And I'm very sensitive with medications. Any advice would be great....
    (On a lighter note, doc said that we caught the diabetes early enough, there is a chance of reversal)
    I have officially lost 11 lbs in 2 and a half weeks..A1C was a 6.8.

  2. alan_s

    Re: Metformin & chest pains?

    Bradleigh:
    I have been taking Metformin for the last couple of weeks and yesterday I left work with chest pains. I am 28 years old, and I've never had any kind of heart problems. And now it feels like my 3 year old is sitting on my chest. It's extremely tight and it's hard to breathe. I have to yawn to take a deep breath. It hurts, and I was wondering if I was the only one experiencing anything like this???
    (And I have spent over $350 in the last two weeks on 2 doctor appointments, I can't afford to go back)
    What is your life worth? Chest pains of that magnitude are not to be trifled with.
    I can't offer medical advice, but if it was me with an A1c of 6.8% and just started metformin and worried as you are, I would not take metformin again until I saw a doctor. Ceasing metformin will not have a significant effect on your blood glucose levels if you are eating reasonably low carb. The chance of lactic acidosis is rare but real.
    If the pain does not ease soon, get to an ER.

  3. Bradleigh

    Re: Metformin & chest pains?

    Thank you so much for your input. Metformin was fine at first and after 2 weeks I gradually entered all kinds of problems. I hardly eat any carbs, very little. And I exrecise frequently.
    This medicine is terrible. lol. I googled (I know I know) my symptoms, and alot of people have this problem. Hopefully it's something small.

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