Healthy Thursday: Take Your Pills


No one likes taking medication and pills, that’s no secret. As we get older, our bodies start falling apart, arteries clog, joints wear down, pancreas and liver functions go all wacky. It adds up: heart disease, high blood pressure, runners knee, tennis elbow, arthritis in our joints, diabetes, and the list goes on. Add vitamins, minerals, multivitamins and daily pill counts can get in the 20 + medications a day. Tempting as it is, don’t stop.

I understand wholeheartedly, believe me. At one time I was taking 27 pills a day, which was right after my renal transplant. Now i’m down to under 20, which makes me happy. Recently I started another diabetes medication, but fought it for months. Doctors and health care practitioners don’t prescribe medications to line their pockets, though some are on pharmaceutical payrolls for pimping certain medications.

That’s where you come in, doing your own research about a new medication, asking a LOT of questions-How and Why.  Medication is sometimes the result of all those pesky and irritating medical tests your primary care physician/practitioner performs or orders for you. There is a rhyme and reason, they aren’t just willy-nilly tests and medications. Sometimes medications cause unwanted side effects.

Weight gain, acne, fatigue, bloating are all possible side effects that medications may cause. But the overall reason for the medication is to prolong your life to give you quality of living. True, no one likes weight gain as a side effect of medications but that is out of your control. Find another aspect of life to concentrate on instead.

Enjoy your life and take your medications.

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