#NHBPM – Never Ever

Never have I ever:

  • Taken statins. The endocrinologist would like me to do so, given Dad’s family history of early heart disease and my own C-reactive protein levels, though I would like to wait until I turn 40.
  • Taken ACE inhibitors or other blood pressure medication. While I struggled with serious white coat syndrome with one health care professional for several years, these days I tend to run normal to low normal. No need for these to protect those kidneys of mine at this time, though blood pressure family history on Mom’s side could turn that around at any time.
  • Taken exogenous insulin. So far, I have managed type 2 diabetes well enough to keep going with diet, exercise, and metformin. Even hospitalizations and undergoing surgery have not warranted the usage of such – blood glucose was, if anything, on the borderline low side during these incidents. That is not to say that I will not jump on board that train when the time comes. If I need it, I need to look past needles and myths about weight gain.

This post was written as part of  NHBPM – 30 health posts in 30 days.

Posted on November 25, 2011, in #NHBPM. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I’ve switched endos over recommendations for statins and ACE inhibitors. I just cannot get behind the idea of taking these as preventative measures. My kidneys are fine, my blood pressure is fine. Thanks doc, but insulin is enough for me right now.

    Please excuse my catch-up blog reading comments.


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