Sufferers of chronic illness often have a life-time of taking toxic drugs such as steroids for arthritis. From this comes a myriad of side effects such as heart failure, diabetes, high blood pressure thinning of the skin and bones plus many more. It is often truly said that the cure can often cause as many if not more, than the disease itself.
Unfortunately in order to have some sort of quality of life the drugs will need to be taken on a daily basis. But are drugs handed out too easily and are there alternatives? It is a balancing act between the two.
We all know drugs have possible side effects and these side effects of prescription drugs are listed on a package insert and explained in great detail. Doctors tell us about side effects, and we can even talk to the pharmacist about them. However, some prescriptions and over the counter meds rob the body of essential nutrients or decrease the absorption of these nutrients into the body. These drugs are not all bad. They are saving your life. Fighting diseases and helping you live longer.
Obviously the drugs need to be taken but there are things we can do. Check regularly with the doctor to make sure all the drugs are still needed. Doctors have a habit of just doing repeat prescriptions without checking the patient’s needs. So take control yourself.
Some drugs that do good for our bodies also rob them of nutrients. These include but are not limited to: Steroids: reduce inflammation and suppress the immune system. Many patients with MS or Lupus take these drugs regularly.
However, steroids reduce calcium absorption and increase calcium secretion which can lead to osteoporosis. Long term use also decreases magnesium another key nutrient in bone health. Statins: the class of drugs used to lower cholesterol, deplete you body of CoQ10.
CoQ10 is an antioxidant needed to make energy. Diabetes drugs such as metformin, the most popular class of diabetes drugs can deplete the body of B12 and folic acid. This may lead to anaemia. Aspirin: the most common and most frequently overused over-the-counter drug. Doctors prescribe it for pain and to thin the blood to prevent heart attacks and stroke but it also decreases the absorption of vitamin C and folic acid. These deficiencies can lead to anemia, fatigue or depression.
All these drugs are life saving and necessary but your body needs key nutrients. The end result, if you are like most people, and take daily medications a good multi vitamin can help. Then talk to your doctor about your specific drugs and possible deficiencies and replace those with supplements.
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