Two Diabetes Risk Factors You May Not Know About

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Filed Under: Diabetes, Blood Sugar
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Risk Number #1—Prescription Drugs:  Taking certain prescription drugs can increase your risk of developing diabetes.

Common culprits include corticosteroids (typically prescribed to treat asthma and arthritis) and antipsychotic drugs (such as Seroquel and Risperdal, used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder). Drugs prescribed for patients with hypertension, such as thiazide diuretics (also used to treat heart failure), and beta blockers raise risk of diabetes as well.

Researchers recently discovered that taking antidepressants for two or more years have an 84 percent greater likelihood of developing diabetes. The most problematic drugs were the selective serotonin-reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) paroxetine (Paxil and Seroxat) and the tricyclic antidepressant amitriptyline (Endep and Elavil). Patients taking more than 20 mg of paroxetine daily experienced a fourfold increased risk of diabetes

If you are taking these medications, talk to your doctor about safe, natural alternatives to these side effect-riddled drugs. Just as there are medications for diabetes, there are nutritional supplements you may be able to take to more naturally treat type 2 diabetes.

Risk #2—Smoking:  Everyone knows smoking increases your risk of cancer, but many probably don’t know that it also increases risk of type 2 diabetes. People who smoke are at increased risk of compromising their blood pressure health, which can make them more susceptible to diabetes.

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