Blog By: Aylin Hafeeza Hannan
Major health issues like diabetes and cardiovascular disorders expose the individual to a host of drugs/medications on a daily basis. It’s like the antonym for blessing in disguise. With the ingestion of these life saving drugs there is a flip side of also depleting vital nutrients. These nutrients are like bolts holding a tent. While needed in small measures, micro nutrients pull triggers to regulation of many complex crucial mechanisms to human life like metabolism, heart beat, cellular ph, and BMD (bone mineral density).
Those life saving drugs and medications come with the administered dosage by the medic. But the medics in general fail to unbox the consequential hazards of nutrient deficiencies caused by the medicines. And that by no means is an err to ignore as It could be life threatening. Utmost care with consistent follow up check ins and timely administration of required nutrients are a rare practice. Usually the physicians unfortunately amend with nutrient administering only in face of emergency.
Metformin, being the first in line drug used for the treatment of type 2 Diabetes had been extensively researched and is implicated in the deficiency of Vitamin B12( Cobalamin). B12 plays vital roles for our survival, like helping make your DNA and your red blood cells being. B12 deficiency damages the fatty tissue – myelin – which surrounds and protects nerve fibres which in turn damages the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves, and nerves of the eye.
Most patients with type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases are prescribed diuretics. Diuretics are also used to treat several other conditions like heart failure, high blood pressure, liver disease and some types of kidney disease. While they clearly work to save lives, steady use of them leave one with loss of MAGNESIUM, POTASSIUM and ZINC through excess urinary excretion. Lack of potassium HYPOKAEMIA (a potentially fatal condition in which the body fails to maintain adequate potassium levels), can lead to a deadly disturbance of optimal cardiac rhythm which could more often than not lead to a cardiac arrest. Some concerns with Zinc deficiency can lead to constant diarrhoea, hair thinning, weak and immunity.
“An article published in the Journal of Intensive Care Medicine suggests that magnesium deficiency likely plays a role in acute coronary syndromes, hypokalemia, and acute cerebral ischemia (insufficient blood flow that occurs after any number of diseases including stroke).Optimal levels of magnesium might be protective against the potentially fatal outcomes of these dire situations.”
Dyslipidemia is elevation of plasma cholesterol, triglycerides (TGs), or both, or a low high-density lipoprotein level that contributes to the development of atherosclerosis. Bile acid sequestrants used to treat dyslipidemia most likely can interfere with the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins (A, D & K) and IRON (lack of folic acid is one major cause of anaemia)
These drug prescriptions resulting in nutrient depletion is a negligence on part of the physician. And it’s not uncommon amongst many patients suffering with depression from fear of fatal possibilities resulting out of this very negligence of depriving the individual from optimal drug dosage care. Awareness is a gift to human survival and is most desirable. Improvisational care giving with desired supplementation and food suitable to risky conditions are also a matter of honesty with the profession of care giving failing in which is no justice to a patient’s time and money while only causing irreversible damage to their well being. An individual is required to have the basic understanding of what his body acutely needs. Recruiting a nutritional expert along with a compassionate medic and a lifestyle guided by exercise are indispensable to minimising hazardous consequences and achieving that well deserving good health.