Diabetes drug Actos linked to pancreatic cancer

It seems like we hear about yet another case of bladder cancer linked to the diabetes drug Actos (pioglitazone), every other day. In fact, countries like France have already banned the drug because of its links with bladder cancer.

But it turns out there may be far more Actos victims than we ever imagined. I’m talking about people who may have died from taking the drug without ever realizing it.

And you’ll never believe who discovered this disturbing news.

A new study funded by Takeda Pharmaceuticals — the makers of Actos — analysed the medical records of 236,000 diabetes patients. And researchers found that patients taking Actos were 40 per cent more likely to develop pancreatic cancer.

I’m pretty sure that when Takeda forked out the funds for this study, the company did not expect its own research to link their drug to a cancer so serious that its five-year survival rate is a measly 6 per cent.

But it serves Takeda right. They were funding the study trying to prove that Actos doesn’t cause bladder cancer, even though everyone… including Takeda… knows that ship sailed a long time ago.

A 10-year study found Actos could increase your bladder cancer risk by two to three times. And Takeda and Eli Lilly — which was originally involved in the marketing of Actos — have even set aside $2.4 billion to cover all the legal claims from bladder cancer patients.

It doesn’t take a genius to figure out they’re likely not writing all those cheques because they honestly believe the drug is safe.

Of course the researchers behind this latest study — who, again, were funded by Takeda — aren’t ready to claim Actos actually causes pancreatic cancer. But how much smoke do you have to see before someone finally admits there’s a fire?

Medical authorities across the world should have followed the lead of countries like France and Germany and banned Actos years ago, because there are much safer alternative to control your blood sugar.

One major study found that the natural supplement Berberine controls blood sugar just as well as the popular drug metformin — and much more safely.

I use supplements like Berberine in my own practice, and recommend my patients stick to a Paleo Diet — rich in fresh meats and vegetables — which also helps avoid blood sugar spikes.

The best thing about these safe, natural remedies is that you never need to worry which skeletons are going to crawl out of the closet next, because most of them are side effect-free.

Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Editor
Nutrition & Healing

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Sources:

Study refutes notion that diabetes drug Actos raises bladder cancer, nlm.nih.gov

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