Atenolol and diabetes

Q: Have you heard that Atenolol for BP can cause diabetes? I have been diagnosed with diabetes after having taken Atenolol for many years and have read about this possible effect with the BP drug.

A: Use of Atenolol has been associated with an increased risk of developing diabetes. A review of studies on this topic was published in The American Journal of Cardiology – Volume 100, Issue 8 (October 2007) “A Meta-Analysis of 94,492 Patients With Hypertension Treated With Beta Blockers to Determine the Risk of New-Onset Diabetes Mellitus.” As a result, many doctors now use newer agents for the treatment of high blood pressure.

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