The following article reveals the flaw in relying primarily on medical drugs as a means of attempting to handle the diabetic condition:
“Many medical doctors prescribe drugs known as oral hypoglycemic agents. These agents are sulfa drugs called sulfonylureas. They appear to stimulate the secretion of insulin by the pancreas as well as enhance the sensitivity of body tissues to insulin. Some common examples of this class of drugs include:”
Chlorpropamide (Diabinese) Glipizide (Glucotrol) Tolazamide (Tolinase) Tolbutamide (Orinase) Glyburide (DiaBeta, Micronase)
“As a group these drugs are not very effective. After three months of continual treatment at an adequate dosage, sulfonylureas fail to adequately control blood sugar in about 40% of cases. Furthermore, these drugs generally lose their effectiveness over time. After an initial period of success, these drugs will fail to produce a positive effect in about 30% of cases. The overall success rate of adequate control by long term use of sulfonlureas is no more than 30% at best.”
“In addition to being of limited value, there is evidence to indicate that these drugs actually produce harmful long-term side effects. For example, a famous study conducted by the University Group Diabetes Program on the long-term effects of tolbutamide showed that the rate of death due to heart attack or stroke was 2½ times greater for the group that used sulfonylureas than that for the group that controlled type II diabetes by diet alone.”
Excerpted from Diabetes and Hypoglycemia
by Michael T. Murray, N.D.
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