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Old 09-07-2006, 05:23 AM   #1
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Blood pressure meds for diabetics??

My dad and brother both have type 2 diabetes with high blood pressure. My dad has also had triple bypass surgery. His kidney function has declined somewhat to around 1.8 or 2.0. His doctor has yet put him on an ACE inhibitor or ARB to help with his kidneys. He is on lopressor and Norvasc. Shouldn't he be on some time of blood pressure meds that will help with his kidneys??

 
Old 09-07-2006, 09:02 AM   #2
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Re: Blood pressure meds for diabetics??

KJ,

I don't know the answer to your question but I do have a suggestion.

My dad had open heart surgery and diabetes and when I would call his doc and ask him questions the doctor or nurse was really good at calling me back. You might try that.

I think it's good that they know there is a family member that is concerned and asking questions and tracking things. Keeps them on their toes a little bit. Sometimes the docs just get so busy they can't keep track of all their patients.

I fount that they are usually pretty good about calling family members back when they have concerns and questions. Good luck.

 
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Re: Blood pressure meds for diabetics??

KJ,

I don't know the answer to your question but I do have a suggestion.

My dad had open heart surgery and diabetes and when I would call his doc and ask him questions the doctor or nurse was really good at calling me back. You might try that.

I think it's good that they know there is a family member that is concerned and asking questions and tracking things. Keeps them on their toes a little bit. Sometimes the docs just get so busy they can't keep track of all their patients.

I found that they are usually pretty good about calling family members back when they have concerns and questions. Good luck.

 
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Re: Blood pressure meds for diabetics??

KJ,

I don't know the answer to your question but I do have a suggestion.

My dad had open heart surgery and diabetes and when I would call his doc and ask him questions the doctor or nurse was really good at calling me back. You might try that.

I think it's good that they know there is a family member that is concerned and asking questions and tracking things. Keeps them on their toes a little bit. Sometimes the docs just get so busy they can't keep track of all their patients.

I found that they are usually pretty good about calling family members back when they have concerns and questions. Good luck.

 
Old 09-07-2006, 03:50 PM   #5
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Re: Blood pressure meds for diabetics??

Definitely talk to your dad's doctor. I also have high blood pressure with my diabetes and my doctor put me on Zestril because it would help protect my kidneys and I have been on it for 15 years and my kidneys are still working just fine. Ask his doctor if this kind of medication might help him. Good luck.

 
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Re: Blood pressure meds for diabetics??

Ace inhibitors are the first line of defense for diabetics with kidney issues. In fact, most docs put them on a small dose even before there are problems. There are some conflicting studies about ARBs so I would talk mainly with the docs about an ace. The thing is that in some cases, especially when creatinine rises significantly, they discontinue the ace because it can cause other problems. I'm not sure what the cut off is though. My cr. was much higher before they took me off the ace.

Definitely talk to the doc about it and don't be afraid to make suggestions. The worst they can do is say no.

Maybe you should post this message on the kidney board too. You will probably get more info.

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