Requesting your feedback & suggestions for a T1 friend. He’s been taking beta blockers for 15 years as advised by his cardiologist.

Have you experienced increased hypo unawareness as a result of beta blockers? Any other side effects you attribute to beta blockers? Anyone stopped taking this med & seen improvements? If so, did you replace beta-blockers with an alternative? Thanks!

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If he has High BP? Best take something
If has had T1 for yrs? Common to start getting Unawareness to lower BG's , use to feel it if in the 80-70's , now not till the 50's
Thus more testing is required
Includng Testing Over nite as well - 3-4 hrs after taking my Bedtime Basal Insulin
Just to be sure.. onyl takes about 30 sec. to wake, test and go back to sleep
Like most everything else, you get used to it.

Yep, high BP & past cardiac events. He's been T1 for a long while & tests a lot. Has an enviable A1c & excellent control. Think we reach a point of questioning how many pills we really require & what they're doing to us. Thanks!

Hope I got this question correct Gerry without googling ?? Med used for high BG ??.. if this is the case I ended up with HI Potassium , while using Ramipril and went off " it" well over 1 1/2 years ago . Interesting: my BP 's at home testing and at GP's office very acceptable ..however recent blood test required to have another Potassium test done : did this morning ...this is all soooo complicated !!

They usually don't take BP correctly either. Patient shouldn't be talking when it's taken, or 5 minutes or so before. Every time mine is checked, the nurse is asking me questions. Some haven't put the cuff on correctly.

BP is highly variable. It changes constantly. My mother was told if hers is high on her home monitor, to sit quietly & take it again in 10 minutes. Vastly different readings every time she takes it.

I can live without perky! Perky sends my BP up also:) Mammograms are quite risky & yield many false positives. Radiation from machines can be at quite high levels. Whose wonderful idea was it to subject breast tissue to radiation? Don't see them putting testicles in a vise for radiation.

Feel the same about team! Save me from teams. I've seen that cartoon:))

Beta blockers can lead to type 2 diabetes, my husband got off them after finding out about this. Unfortunately, he was diagnosed a short time later. He switched to Cozaar, (losartan) which is an angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB)

Beta blockers can apparently cause hypo unawareness. I suggest he get his doctor's advice on tapering off the beta blocker slowly(its unsafe to do it without a doctor's supervision), and he could try an ARB if his doctor feels its suitable.

The only issue my husband had in going off the beta blocker was an increase in stress reactions such as anger or anxiety in stressful situations. Beta blockers tend to dull things down so you have less reaction in stressful situations. After a while he stopped noticing the difference.

I've also read that beta blockers can increase your blood sugar overall.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-403973/Beta-blockers-incr...

http://diabetesupdate.blogspot.com/2008/09/beta-blockers-worsen-blo...

Great info, thanks! Will tell him about ARBs & weaning off beta blockers.

Recently read that statins can also lead to T2.

Thanks, Aimee. I'm also not a fan of taking pills. My doctor pushed statins because "all diabetics should be on statins for prevention." He should have added, "whether they need them or not."

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