Blood Pressure Medications Can Lead to Serious Complications
The BP medications that raise blood sugar levels can lead to serious complications. However, if the blood pressure is left untreated it can cause complications for the diabetes. This is one of the dilemmas that many diabetics face when treating their condition. Multiple health conditions are not too uncommon for most diabetics.
Kidney disease and high blood pressure are two of the most common conditions that a person has to be concerned about when maintaining their diabetes.
The high blood pressure, also known as hypertension develops in 60 percent of patients with diabetes. This is because diabetes affects the arteries causing cardiovascular complications. High blood pressure is also a complication that happens when a diabetic patient experiences kidney disease.
Blood pressure medications are important as part of the treatment for this condition. If medication is not given to a person experiencing this condition, it could lead to stroke, destruction of blood vessels, heart attack and can worsen kidney disease.
Blood Pressure Medications That Raise Blood Sugar Levels
Sometimes multiple medications are necessary to maintain these complications individually. Therefore, the medications that are used need to be monitored closely. Some of these medications can relieve the symptoms of one condition, only to cause symptoms and cause high risk for another condition.
The physician would need to know all medications that a diabetic patient have been prescribed because BP medications that raise blood sugar levels can be a dangerous combination for the diabetic patient taking them.
Here is a list of medications that can raise the blood sugar levels and can prove to be dangerous to a diabetic patient. Sometimes diuretics are prescribed to relieve the high blood pressure caused by the kidney complications.
Diazoxide - also known as Hyperstat or proglycem
It is important that diabetic patients understand that the physician treating them needs to know all medications that they are taking. This would also include any over the counter medications or natural remedies.
Some Medication Tips
For individuals that have several doctors caring for them, it would be a good idea to make a list of all medications so that all of the doctors are aware of what medications they are being prescribed by other physicians. The person might also need to use one pharmacist so that when they are filling the prescriptions they can look for any medicines that might be a bad combination.
Diet is also important to discuss with the doctor because some foods can act as a diuretic and can cause the blood sugar levels to rise. Because of the medications that cause the blood sugar levels to rise, a doctor might rely more on a diet to help control the blood pressure and blood sugar levels so that they can remedy some of the conflicts that blood pressure medication can cause.
On a Special Note
When being treated for diabetes, it is important to communicate with the doctor any and all symptoms that arise, even if it does not seem important at the time. Diabetes can be a challenge to treat because of all the high-risk complications that are involved.
from the book Your Healthy Guide - Type 2 Diabetes, 2nd Edition available from the American Diabetes Association