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CAN LASIX INCREASE GLUCOSE & CHOLESTEROL?
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    lane413 is offline Member
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    Default CAN LASIX INCREASE GLUCOSE & CHOLESTEROL?

    I was taking hctz for blood pressure control for over five yrs. I noticed my glucose levels rose to 10.9 and my cholesterol had risen to 337. After stopping the hctz, my glucose dropped to 7.5 and my cholesterol dropped to 243.

    My new cardiologist prescribed lasix 20 mgs and verapamil 360 for me to controll my bp. I need to know if lasix can raise glucose or cholesterol. I am a diabetic and read in my Diabetes Forecast that diuretics aren't usually prescribed for diabetics.

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    Wonder if your Forecase indicated there were certain diuretics that are not the best choices for diabetics instead of diuretics aren't usually prescribed.

    Elevated glucose levels force the heart to pump blood through veins/arteries which has the viscosity of syrup and that causes the BP elevations. Diabetics with uncontrolled glucose levels will suffer elevated blood pressure levels which will result in strokes and other heart disease issues if untreated or uncontrolled.

    I take hctz daily and also have lasix which I take in extreme cases of fluid retention. Both have a tendency to destroy potassium so with Lasix I take a potassium supplement.

    I am not a medical person and the info. I offer is info. gathered from my diabetes education, my experience, and research so please take that into consideration and do ask your diabetes specialist or your GP about the Laxix if you cannot ask your heart specialist. But I would ask your heart Dr if he/she was aware of your diabetes when lasix was prescribed?

    Diabetics die from heart disease and not diabetes. High glucose=high BP=untreated means stroke or other form of heart disease. Diabetics also die from other diseases but the majority die from heart disease or related problems.

    I believe the American Diabetes Society site contains a list of meds which have the potential to raise glucose levels.

    Many times I can tell when my sugar is elevated because I sense the BP elevation without taking a reading. I hate the way it feels when I try to lay down and it is thumping in my throat. Most of the time I realize I forgot my medication.

    Be sure to check it out because aside from the heart disease, there is the damage to eyes and kidney damage from elevated sugar and BP. It was my eye doctor that picked up my BP elevation which resulted in my diagnosis initially for diabetes. They all relate very closely.

    Good luck.....

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    I found an article that provides some good info. on BP control, the various types of meds, their relationship to glucose levels, and kidney disease. I was somewhat uncomfortable with the info. I shared because it was somewhat specific to me and I sure didn't want to misinform and mislead you.

    Here is the link for the article:

    URL (http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homep...usid/dmhtn.htm)

    Good health.

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