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Rocket Fuel Compound Found in Diabetes Medication

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked


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  • N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) has been found in metformin, a drug used to treat diabetes. NDMA has also been found in blood pressure medication and Zantac, an OTC drug that treats stomach issues
  • Zantac contamination may have started in 2012 when the process produced NDMA as a byproduct to improve manufacturing efficiency
  • Metformin prescriptions increased from 59 million in 2007 to 78.6 million in 2017, one indication of the rising number using medication to control diabetes
  • Simple lifestyle changes can improve your health and reduce your dependence on drugs

Many of the decisions you make each day have a compound effect on your overall health. Making small changes in what you eat and drink, how much you exercise and the quality of your sleep can pay big dividends. The same is true of some of the small unhealthy decisions you make.

For example, lifestyle choices affect your risk for high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes and even heartburn. If you take medications to control these conditions, you need to know that some of them have been recalled due to contamination issues.

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