Dr. Thaddeus Bell talks about a common myth he hears from his patients; that prescription medications can do more harm than good.
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One of the misinformations that I’m hearing a lot particularly among African-Americans is that medications will eventually call you a --. In other words, if you’re taking medications for your blood pressure, you do not realize that these medications help protect your kidneys. They don’t call you to have kidney damage. If you’re taking medications for diabetes, it’s going to help your diabetes not eventually make the diabetes worse the longer that you take. So I think that people often times get confused, drugs that they hear on the street, are used on the street are not the same kind of drugs that doctors give in the office to save people’s lives. So there is a difference. And so, I would just encourage people to take their medication everyday because we find that when people don’t take their medications everyday, they have bad outcomes, strokes, heart attacks, diabetic coma, it’s complications of all kinds.