Invokana, For Better or Worse?

Do you know how your diabetes drug works and the side effects? Do you believe since your doctor prescribed your medication, it must be perfectly safe? I pray you change your perspective.
There is a class action lawsuit for Invokana. I think it’s time for us to understand the drugs we are prescribed and understand the side effects. During a 2013 Congressional testimony, Dr. Sydney Wolfe of Public Citizen, a prominent consumer watchdog group, argued that the possible risks of Invokana outweighed its potential benefits and said that the drug should not be approved.

I have read the package insert on many diabetes drugs. My hope is that you have too, whether you are prescribed Invokana or another drug. The FDA has put a warning on Invokana, but who is heeding this warning? Over 100 lawsuits are awaiting trial in federal and state courts.

The serious side effects are:

  • Ketoacidosis (acid buildup in the blood)

  • Kidney failure/stones

  • Infections

  • Cardiovascular side effects

  • Breast and bladder cancer

  • Pancreatitis

  • Bone fractures and more

What frustrates me the most are the commercials that depict diabetics so happy being medicated. The only diabetics I have met that are over the moon are the ones who have greatly improved their health by lifestyle changes. I recently spoke with Sam who attended one of my seminars and read my book, The Virgin Diabetic, and put suggested lifestyle changes into place. Sam’s fasting glucose was between 160-240, and now it's between 72-108. Sam tells me, “The food is great and I'm happy! I’m going to my doctor to stop some of my medication.” Sam is a senior and has proven that changes can be made at any age and be happy!

No matter how progressive your type 2 diabetes is, you can still help yourself with lifestyle changes. Start with adding one additional vegetable to each meal and remove one unhealthy carb (fries, bread, fried foods, cream soup, etc.). Don’t forget, this applies to breakfast too. Start with vegetables you like and don’t forget to use herbs and spices!

Try replacing potatoes with butternut squash. Cube or grate the squash, place in a skillet with olive oil, chopped onions, salt and pepper to taste and a little cinnamon. Sauté until soft and caramelized. This side dish works with any meal!

Wishing you the best of health!

Links for additional information:
- The Dangers of Invokana
- Diabetes Drug Invokana: The Treatment Might Be Worse than the Disease:
- Class action lawsuit