Millions of Americans are dealing with a medical mystery.
Suddenly, they find out their blood sugar is rising. Some have been told they are now diabetic.
And the reason? Throw a dart at one of these:
- You’re overweight,
- You don’t exercise enough, or,
- You’ve been walking around for who knows how long with “latent” or undiagnosed diabetes.
But a lot of docs are in denial about the fact that one of the most commonly-used drugs in America, taken by over 20 million people, can raise your blood sugar enough for a label of “diabetes” to be pinned to your forehead.
It could easily happen to you or someone you love, which is why you need to check any meds you’re taking right now — before it’s too late.
Hydrochlorothiazide, more commonly known as HCTZ (or sometimes HCT or HZT), is a diuretic used to lower blood pressure and help with fluid retention.
Because it’s added to a long list of generic and brand-name drugs, you could be taking it right now and not even know it.
And here’s something else you may not know about HCTZ: It can cause your blood sugar to steadily rise, enough to have you receive a diabetes diagnosis and be put on insulin!
That’s exactly what’s been happening to untold numbers of people who have been prescribed an HCTZ-containing drug.
For Chuck, the warning signs popped up soon after he started taking an HCTZ med. He went from normal blood glucose to a “pre-diabetic range” almost immediately. And during well over a decade of use, not one doctor he saw ever hinted at the fact his problem could be the drug. He’s now “officially” a diabetic.
A People’s Pharmacy reader shared how when her husband was put on HCTZ for his blood pressure, six short months later he ended up in the ER with not only diabetes, but one of the most serious complications of that disease there is — diabetic ketoacidosis. And that’s despite having two HbA1C tests come back normal just before starting up on this med.
Other readers told how when they ran out of their HCTZ drug and were waiting for a refill, their glucose numbers returned to normal!
But a common thread that runs through all the stories about this problem is that doctors, for the most part, refuse to accept the fact that this drug can make blood sugar numbers soar — despite the fact it’s a known side effect.
If you’re taking any drugs for fluid retention or to control your blood pressure, the first thing you need to do is find out if it contains HCTZ. The list of meds is a long one… and includes names such as Tekturna HCT, Vaseretic and Benicar HCT.
Your best bet is to ask your pharmacist.
Second, if your blood sugar has been rising ,and you’ve been told you’re “pre-diabetic” or even have crossed the line to full-fledged diabetes, you should contact your doc ASAP about switching meds or even getting off of them entirely.
It’s very possible that you’ve been the victim of a knee-jerk approach to diagnosing you with high blood pressure, resulting in taking drugs that are entirely uncalled for.
The current recommendations for starting up on a blood pressure med — or not — are simple
Over 60? Then there’s no need to take drugs to lower your blood pressure, as long as the top number is persistently no higher than 150.
That’s right, 150!
The one exception is if you’ve suffered a stroke or heart attack or are at a very high risk of heart disease. In that case, your systolic reading should be below 140.
And for those younger than 60, the recommendations say that readings as high as 140 are perfectly A-OK!
In that case, no drugs, especially ones that can turn you into a diabetic, are required.
“Doctor disputes that HCTZ can raise blood sugar” Joe Graedon, August 28, 2017, The People’s Pharmacy, peoplespharmacy.com