Discussions that mention tenormin

High & Low Blood Pressure board

Too bad more people are not aware of the beta-blocker/diabetes connection. I can't understand why a drug with such a potential for causing a life long affliction is allowed to remain on the market. In 1985 I was given Tenormin (Atenolol) for elevated blood pressure. After a year of feeling "drug out" and completely blah, I weaned myself off it, but too late, by that time I was a full fledge diabetic. Another year and 1/2 later I had a heart attack and triple bypass. I feel that I owe it all to the drugs that caused my diabetes. Why would doctors feel that reducing blood pressure was more important than the risk of causing a life long disorder that contributes to heart problems? To me that risk is not only not worth the taking but a poor choice in trade off's. If I had known then what I know now I would not have been so ready to follow the doctors advice. I believe that the least the doctors could do is to give you the information that one of the risks of taking beta blockers is the possibility (probability?) of developing diabetes from them.