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Controversy over Diabetes Drug

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The diabetes drug Avandia continues to be controversial. Charges have been leveled that this medication increases the risk of heart failure and heart attacks. A Senate investigation has criticized both the manufacturer and the FDA in its handling of the Avandia issue. The agency is planning to convene an advisory panel meeting to help it decide how to proceed. In the meantime, some FDA staffers have estimated that as many as 500 heart attacks each month may be linked to Avandia. The company maintains that its diabetes drug does not cause heart attacks. Until the issue is resolved, patients with diabetes should discuss this treatment with their physicians. Other diabetes drugs may be less likely to cause cardiac complications.

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If one has been diagnosed with two autoimmune diseases,does one boost one's immune sytem or not? If one's immune's system is attacking them, how does one combat it?

Respectfully ,
Ms. Giles

PEOPLE'S PHARMACY RESPONSE: COUNTERING INFLAMMATION IS PROBABLY A GOOD IDEA, BUT IT IS NOT CLEAR IF BOOSTING THE IMMUNE SYSTEM IS.

My D.O. had prescribed Avandia along with metformin to control my blood sugar as a result of diabetes 2. I had heard about and read up on using cinnamon to help control blood sugar. I tested and found, for me, that 1000mg of cinnamon per day worked as well as Avandia. I continue the metformin and cinnamon regimen without any consequences so far (2yrs+).
My metformin is the "stinky" kind (fish odor) which indicates it is a fast acting formula.

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