Actos Alert

You may have heard about this but I am seeing too many people on this site who are still taking Actos medication.  There are other medications that your doctor can prescribe that will work as well as Actos and will be a safer alternative than Actos.  

Read as much about this as you can and then be sure to ask you doctor about it as soon as possible.  A phone call to your doctor would certainly be appropriate as this medication can bring you an extremely undesirable side effect.  

Another new study this one by McGill University in Montreal has determined that people who took/take the medication known as “Actos” has a 83% higher risk of bladder cancer than those who have never used that medication.

According to a post in the newsletter, “Diabetes in”, “This was a drug-specific effect, because patients taking rosigiltazone (Avandia) did not have an elevated risk…”  The article goes on to report “Other previous efforts to ascertain if pioglitazone is associated with bladder cancer have had conflicting results, but the FDA and the Canadian health authorities have added a warning of that risk to the drug’s labeling, and some European countries have restricted its use.”

This is an important and very interesting article for all diabetics to read.  You can access this site at:

I am very passionate about diabetics getting involved in their healthcare.  Patients need to stay informed of the latest developments in diabetes treatments.  As a diabetic you need to be your own best friend.  You also need to question everything your doctor tells you.  Ask, ask, ask.  Do not just accept what they say as gospel.  You are or you should be an active, involved patient.  Your doctor and you need to be working together as health partners to bring you to your highest level of wellness.  

Your role includes asking questions of your doctor and expecting clear, straighforward answers that you can understand.  If there is something you don’t or didn’t understand – ask him/her.  You need to know why you’re taking a particular type of medication, what it’s going to do for you, what it may do to you, etc.  You should also ask your doctor when or how you will be able to eliminate that medication down the road.

Tell your doctor you want him/her to check your feet at every visit.  If they tell you that’s not necessary, you gently let them know that you would truly appreciate and expect that they check your feet at every 3 month check up.  You may go to a podiatrist every 6 months but your primary care physician should also be checking your feet and be fully aware of any signs of neuropathy.

Diabetes is a disease that involves every cell in your body.  That’s why it’s so important to be proactive.  You want to be in control – not the diabetes.


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