Thursday, December 11, 2008

Diabetes drugs Avandia Actos raise risk of fracture

A report published in the Dec. 10 online issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal indicates that Avandia and Actos - two drugs that are prescribed for diabetes double the risk of bone fracture in women. They do not have the same effect in men. It is speculated that these drugs interact with estrogen thus weakening bones in women. 10 trials were conducted including over 13,000 diabetic patients.

Previously Avandia was stated to have serious side effects of heart failure, heart attack and death. This caused the FDA to increase label warning on the drug. These drugs known as thiazolidinediones are taken by about 4 million people in the US.

Type 2 diabetes can be controlled by diet, exercise and alternative medicine. The National Institutes of Health has recognized GYMNEMA as a herb that helps in controlling blood sugar and cholesterol levels. Being a herb, no side effects have been reported.

Read more on Gymnema benefits and action

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