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What your doctor WON’T tell you about prednisone…

What your doctor WON’T tell you about prednisone…

What your doctor WON’T tell you about prednisone.

Arthur Nobile changed the world in 1955. He created an amazing invention — prednisone.

People struggling with rheumatoid arthritis could suddenly move!

Then doctors discovered that prednisone helped with many other things like breathing problems, lupus, and multiple sclerosis.

Millions of lives were saved.

Families stayed intact.

People were able to contribute to society again instead of struggling to live or breathe.

This drug is truly a miracle.

And it was invented before routine testing for side effects and complications was required by the FDA.

So while we know that it works miracles, we don’t know a lot of things.

In this video…

  • Discover 15+ facts about prednisone that your doctor won’t tell you.

Not because they’re keeping it a secret…

Because they don’t even know.

Show Notes:

  • Prednisone is the #1 drug cause of osteoporosis.
  • Compared to people who do not take prednisone,
    • You have a 4 times greater risk of developing diabetes.
    • You have a 4 times greater risk of developing high blood pressure.
    • You have a 2.56 times greater risk of heart disease like heart attack and stroke.
  • You cannot stop taking prednisone “cold turkey” or you could die.
  • The #1 tweeted side effect of prednisone is insomnia.
  • The average weight gain while on prednisone is 10% of your body weight. For example, if you weigh 120 pounds when you start prednisone, you will gain 12 pounds.
  • Prednisone wastes away your muscles, leading to muscle pain.
  • Prednisone wastes away your bones, leading to joint pain, osteoporosis, and broken bones.
  • Prednisone moves around your fat, leading to “moon face,” “buffalo hump,” and a belly.
  • Other surprising side effects:
    • Hair loss
    • Memory impairment
    • Hot flashes and red flushing
    • Blurred vision
    • Personality changes

And what about this?

  • Prednisone steals these nutrients from your body:
    • Calcium
    • Vitamin D
    • Chromium
    • Magnesium
    • Zinc
    • Potassium
    • Folic acid
    • Vitamin A
    • Vitamin C
    • Melatonin
  • …which can lead to many consequences.

What can I do about it?

Never stop taking prednisone suddenly–always follow your doctor’s instructions to slowly stop taking it.

Eating a whole food, plant-based diet with enough protein is vital for adequate nutrition while on prednisone.

You can follow the recommendation of the experts: The American College of Rheumatology, the doctors who prescribe prednisone the most, created a guideline for people taking prednisone. They say, “All adults taking prednisone at a dose of greater than or equal to 2.5 mg per day for 3 months or more:

  • Optimize calcium intake (1,000-1,200 mg/day) and
  • Vitamin D intake (600-800 IU/day) and
  • Lifestyle modifications:
    • balanced diet
    • maintaining weight in the recommended range
    • smoking cessation
    • regular weight-bearing or resistance training exercise
    • limiting alcohol intake to 1-2 alcoholic beverages per day”

SourceClinical Pharmacology, the most complete drug information reference available today.

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