Justin Delgado is husband to Kacie Doyle-Delgado, diagnosed at age 11. After more than a decade together, he considers himself to be an expert carb counter and Dexcom inserter. He graduated with his Master of Science in Finance from the University of Utah in 2013 and has been working in commercial banking since then. He attended his first Friends for Life conference in 2015 and is looking forward to volunteering with the teens.
August 4, 2004
Other, Type 2
Question from Knoxville, Tennessee, USA:
My husband was diagnosed with congestive heart failure five years ago and was put on many medications, including Coreg, digoxin, Acupril, and Lasix. After a few months, he began having elevated glucose levels. His regular doctor said he had type 2 diabetes. He has not been able to get his blood sugar completely under control with oral medications. Could the high blood sugar levels be a side effect of his heart medications? And, is having type 2 diabetes something that would prevent him from being put on a heart transplant list?
Some of the medications in the list actually have been shown to prevent diabetes (i.e. Acupril). Coreg, a beta blocker, can be diabetogenic in susceptible patients. I would not say they cause diabetes. They are required medications and it would not be good to stop the medications. As far as the transplant list, I think that depends on the criteria set up at the center you are looking at. They should be able to tell you that. I am not sure of that.