Diabetic Drug Linked to High Risk of Heart Attacks ~ OPOLAW Injury Blog

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Diabetic Drug Linked to High Risk of Heart Attacks

For 180 million people around the world who are diabetics this may not be good news. The top selling oral treatment for type-2 diabetes Avandia, has been found to put patients at a high risk of dying from a heart attack. Avandia is commonly used to control blood sugar levels when the pancreas fails to produce enough insulin. Type-2 diabetics in a study of 27,000 patients had a 43 percent higher risk of having a heart attack - and a 64 percent greater chance of dying from a heart attack - than those not taking the drug. The drug company has disclosed other problems associated with Avandia. It can stimulate extra body fluid, leading to swelling and weight gain. It increases LDL cholesterol levels by as much as 18 percent. High cholesterol is an early contributor of heart disease.

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