Beta-Blockers And Type 2 DiabetesThe Diabetes Site
By Deborah Mitchell for eMaxHealth.com
When you think about risk factors for type 2 diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, and inactivity may come to mind. One lesser known factor is use of beta-blockers, but not all of the drugs in this class may raise the chances of developing type 2 diabetes.
Some beta-blockers increase diabetes risk
Beta-blockers (aka, beta-adrenergic blocking agents or beta antagonists) have been on the market for about six decades. The first clinically beneficial beta-blocker to enter the market was propranolol, which was prescribed to treat angina pectoris, a condition in which the heart’s need for oxygen exceeds the available supply.