Beta Blocker Side Effects
Beta Blocker side effects can increase risk of heart attacks, strokes and diabetes!
Up to 2 million Britons could soon be "easing off" of their beta blockers. And for some very good reasons.
U.K.'s National Institute For Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) researchers have recently reported that Atenolol, the most frequently used beta blocker, increased the risk of heart attack, stroke and type 2 diabetes. The new guidelines advise patients to ease off the drugs and switch to other "therapies."
Of course the news release was couched in terms much more acceptable to the pharmaceutical companies. Call me cynical if you like but Atenolol is the fourth most prescribed drug in the US, with more than 44 million prescriptions written per year. The announcement stated,
"The decision not to recommend beta-blockers for first-line therapy was based on evidence that suggested they performed less well than other drugs - particularly in the elderly."
That's like saying that people who have heart attacks are less well than those who don't.
During the past several years several doctors have recommended that I include a beta blocker in my "preventive medicine" regimen. I have respectfully declined their well meaning advice.
In most people beta blockers slow down the heart rate...which makes it more difficult for them to improve their physical fitness and to lose weight.
I'm in some very good company in believing that the beta blocker side effects are worse than the disease.
In a recent interview with WebMD's HeartWire, Dr. Norman Kaplan,
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas voiced his
concerns about beta blockers.
Note: HDL cholesterol is protective against heart disease. HDL's protect you like a guardian angel by removing plaque that has been accumulating in the arteries of your heart and brain. People with the highest live the longest.
And lowering your sensitivity to insulin is the first step down the path to devastating type 2 diabetes.
The Texas Heart Institute