Type 2 diabetes can destroy your quality of life in many ways. It can cause severe fatigue, ED, vision loss, hearing impairment, heart disease, and even Alzheimer’s.
But the common diabetes complication that is most feared may be the loss of a limb. When type 2 diabetes progresses, patients often suffer nerve and circulation damage. This can lead to sores, most often in the foot or leg, that don’t heal.
Ultimately, many of these patients must undergo amputation. More than 73,000 Americans a year suffer diabetes-related amputations.
You might think that one of the best ways to avoid losing a limb would be to keep diabetes under control with medication. But a disturbing new study shows that one standard diabetes drug actually raises the odds for having an amputation. And it makes patients far more likely to suffer heart disease.
The research was conducted by Dr. Louis Potier and his colleagues at Bichat Hospital in Paris.
The team wanted to find out if particular diabetes medications were related to the risk of amputation.
They looked at 1,500 subjects with type 2 diabetes. The patients were followed until they died, had an amputation, or underwent major surgery. About 700 of the subjects were on a diuretic.1
Diuretics are drugs that help the body eliminate excess water and sodium. They are often used to help diabetics control their blood pressure and blood sugar.2
About 13% of those on a diuretic had an amputation or major surgery. But only about half that percentage—7%—not on a diuretic had those procedures.
The study concluded that diuretics “should be used cautiously in patients with type 2 diabetes at risk of amputations.”
Natural Alternatives to Diuretics
If you’re on a diuretic and you have type 2 diabetes, talk to you doctor about alternatives. There are natural supplements that act as diuretics, but without the side effects of drugs…3 4
- Cabbage. You may have heard of the “cabbage soup diet,” which takes advantage of this vegetable’s diuretic properties.
- Cranberries. They remove fluid without eliminating potassium.
- Dandelion. It’s known to boost kidney activity and urination.
- Hawthorn. It’s effective at reducing fluid buildup.
- Juniper. Animal studies have found it increases urine volume.
- Tea and coffee. Caffeine content may have something to do with the possible diuretic effect of tea.
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