Metformin and Diabetic Drugs Increase Mortality

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Why do Type 2 (adult-onset) diabetics have high blood sugar?  Is it because they are lacking a prescription drug that lowers blood sugar levels?  Of course not.  Diabetics have elevated blood sugars because they have hormonal and nutritional imbalances often caused by eating an unhealthy diet.  The conventional treatment for diabetes revolves around giving poor dietary advice–eat low-fat foods with lots of carbohydrates and use toxic artificial sweeteners– and the use of prescription medications that do not treat the underlying cause of diabetes.

A recent article titled, “14-Year Risk of All-Cause Mortality According to Hypoglycemic Drug Exposure in a General Population” assessed the safety data of diabetic drugs over a 14-year time period. (1)  The authors studied 3336 participants and 248 deaths over a 14-year time period.

The scientists compared the all-cause mortality risk in non-diabetic versus diabetic subjects.   The found that untreated diabetics had a 3.22 fold increase risk of all-cause mortality.  Diabetics treated with Metformin had 128% increase risk of death.  Diabetics treated with sulfonylureas (e.g., Glyburide, Amaryl, Glucotrol, Glynase, DiaBeta) had a 70% increase in all-cause mortality.  Diabetics treated with insulin had 4.92 fold increase in all-cause mortality.

Folks, these numbers should not be shocking.  Conventional medicine has been focused on chemically lowering blood sugar numbers for many years.  However, the elevated blood sugar numbers are not the problem in diabetes.  They are the symptom that something is wrong in the body.  Another way to look at elevated blood sugar is that it is the “idiot light” telling you that something is wrong in the body.

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