I was doing research yesterday and came across a section on side effects of medications. Of particular note were side effects of beta blockers that I had not read before.
Many diabetics are put on ace inhibitors or beta blockers because physicians believe they reduce the risk of potential kidney disease. However, most insulin dependent diabetics know to avoid beta blockers because one of the things they do is reduce or eliminate adrenalin release. Adrenalin release is one of the ways diabetics know of impending low blood sugar. In fact, I have an insulin dependent friend who (for whatever reason) takes a beta blocker not an ace inhibitor. And sure enough, passing out due to hypoglycemia unawareness is common practice! She can't feel a thing until AFTER her blood sugar starts to come back up. Then she starts to shake like a leaf.
What I was unaware of was 1) beta blockers stunt insulin release and 2) they cause insulin resistance! Both are tiny but vital pieces of information that diabetics should know - especially non-insulin dependent type 2 diabetics who are more likely to take beta blockers than insulin dependent type 1's and who are much more noted for stunted insulin release and insulin resistance.
If there is an inexpensive alternative to a beta blocker (i.e. an ace inhibitor), why on earth is it not more common knowledge that there are two side effects of these products which will have a major effect on diabetics?
Any type 2's out there who were actually told this? I'm curious.
Doris J. Dickson