It seems like there is always some new kind of threat that we would have to become vigilant about. Whether it’s new carcinogens or completely toxic everyday substances, there is always some kind of danger that you wish you had known about sooner.
This article will detail one such danger, and help you to make an informed decision about your own treatment.
For many millions of asthma sufferers around the world, their inhaled corticosteroid medications provide life-saving functions for them almost every day. Sure, there might be some minor side effects, but nothing overly serious, or doctors wouldn’t routinely prescribe them, right?
Examining the risks: Asthma medications under focus
Not so, according to a recent finding published in the American journal of medicine. According to studies done by the Jewish General Hospital researcher’s findings. According to them, inhaled steroids can be linked to an increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes; and all the potential dangerous medical conditions that can occur as a result.
Once you have type 2 diabetes, you can be sure that your lifestyle will change drastically. You may or may not need insulin every day, but you will definitely need a host of medications (often pricey) to keep your blood sugar levels in check, for the rest of your life. You will also need to constantly monitor your diet and lifestyle and take extra care of yourself.
Inhaled steroids are also linked to growth deficiencies in children, although it is generally accepted that the long-term benefits of controlled asthma outweigh these slight risks.
What can you do to protect yourself?
If you suffer from asthma, it’s more than likely that your doctor recommended you use corticosteroids to treat asthma attacks. The studies found that the risk was increased with dosage, so your first port of call should be to check that your doctor is giving you the lowest necessary dosage. The studies also found that patients suffering from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD) were the greatest; so if you know (or suspect) that you suffer from this disorder you need to be vigilant about what it is that your doctor is prescribing to treat your asthma.
There are a few other ways that you can potentially lower the severity of your asthma attacks, other than the use of corticosteroids. Speaking to your doctor about lifestyle changes and other possible medications should be part of your active role in your own healthcare.
With the right lifestyle and treatment, you need never suffer through the possibility of contracting type 2 diabetes as a result of your asthma medications. Take control of your own health and well-being and question every medication that your doctor recommends. It’s as important to know the side effects and potential risks, as it is to know that the medication will treat the problem.
With so many fantastic asthma medications available, it’s a waste not to explore all your options. There is always something newer, better and safer being tested and developed, and always the possibility that one of these might be the perfect treatment for your asthma.