Official Recommendation From Health Authorities? Take Pills For Life.
Posted On April 12, 2013
When that’s all you’ve got, that’s when you know you’re lost.
When your official recommendation (these are from Canada, eh?) defaults to pharmaceuticals over lifestyle changes that free you from those pills, you’re committed to Treatment over Prevention.
CDA Guidelines (Link To Full Guidelines Here ): All patients with diabetes should start taking statins when they turn 40 and blood pressure drugs when they turn 55, even if they have no other risk factors at the time, according to new Canadian guidelines.
The guidelines also recommend that those over 30 who have had diabetes for at least 15 years also should start on statins, according to Alice Cheng, MD, of St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, who is chair of the guideline committee.
Here is my version:
Pills are for sick people. If you are sick, take your meds. However, if you are taking pills, your body is broken and you should direct your activities to “right the ship” with the goal of being pill-free as quickly as possible, for as long as possible. Here’s the logic: if people never ever have to take a pill, then they are healthy. That is our goal.
Toward this end, all patients with diabetes should be counseled by their physician to eat real food only. Whether at 30, or 40, or 55, patients should be counseled by the physician to eat in control, and control excess eating volume through their behavior. Patients should be counseled by their physician on best-practices to be more active, and control stress.
The resultant weight loss, glucose control, and cholesterol stabilization should be monitored through subsequent visits. By all means, our official recommendation is to still take the free swag from the pharmaceutical reps, just don’t prescribe the products unless the ongoing preventive remedies have failed, and there is no other choice.
But that’s just me. I believe Prevention is cheaper than Treatment. If we get people off meds, some company may lose market share, but patients will be healthier, our health care system will be cheaper. Win, win.
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