Monday, 6 August 2007

Diabetes drugs are harmful to the heart

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Recent studies have shown that two common diabetes drugs may double the risk of heart failure in the patients that take them regularly. Rosiglitazone and pioglitazone are two of the most common diabetes medications out there, and millions in North America and Europe are currently taking them, and with obesity and diabetes on the rise, the amount prescribed in increasing every day.

It's thought that the risk of heart failure is a result of the drugs' tendency to cause fluid retention in those who take them. Furthermore, in studies, heart failure occurred even in those on a low dose of the medications. Studies continue to be done to determine the safety of these drugs.

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