Prescription medication is a huge business and billions of dollars are spent on trials and research each year. However, there are also lots of negatives about medications. In the United States medications are the third main cause of death with more than 400 people dying each day from their effects.
If you are taking medication, do you really understand how it will affect your body? Over 250,000 Americans enter hospital annually due to a reaction to medications. There were more than three billion prescriptions filled in 2011. More than 60,000 people in America contracted Parkinson’s disease because of side effects of certain drugs.
There are over 7,000 deaths per year in hospitals because of errors connected to medications. A further 80,000 people die in hospital annually due to infection – this is because drugs can suppress the real problem and its symptoms.
More than 100,000 people die each year because of drug side effects including heart failure or because they commit suicide. If you take more than three prescription medications, the chance of dying increases exponentially.
Medications have many side effects you may have no idea about. It’s really wise to check side effects with your pharmacist when filling your prescription – then you can watch out for symptoms and take the necessary action.
Side effects of various medications include:
sleeping too much or too little,
change in blood pressure,
change in weight, fatigue,
muscle aches and pain and muscle spasms,
diarrhea or constipation,
swelling in your feet and/or hands and much more.
If you notice any reaction you should contact your doctor immediately. Don’t stop taking the medication without medical advice or that could bring on other problems – depending on the actual medication you are taking.
Side effects can occur when taking one medication – if you are taking several medications, the side effects can be even more severe. You most likely have serious medical issues such as Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, depression or a heart issue. Because of this, you simply cannot ignore your health issues because you don’t want to take medications. Generally speaking, you are only taking prescribed medications because doctors don’t prescribe medications if you don’t need them.
If you follow a healthy eating plan and exercise regularly, you may be able to control your Type 2 diabetes, weight, blood pressure, cholesterol and various other issues connected to high blood sugar and diabetes and then not need to take so many medications.
Do your own research into the side effects of medications prescribed for you. Talk to your pharmacist as well because he naturally receives more training on drugs than doctors. If you can reduce your need for prescribed medications by even one per day, that’s a great start.
Type 2 diabetes is not a condition you must just live with. By making simple changes to your daily routine, its possible to protect your heart, kidneys, eyes and limbs from the damage often caused by diabetes, and eliminate many of the complications you may already experience.