ACE Inhibitors are Not for Everyone

Steven Edelman, MD, of Veterans Hospital in San Diego, California, cautions that some patients should not take ACE inhibitors, including people with:

  • A predisposition for high potassium levels in the blood.
  • Renal Artery Stenosis, or clogging of the arteries that deliver blood to the kidneys.

Robert Stanton, MD, chief of nephrology at Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, adds that pregnant women should avoid taking ACE inhibitors, as they might cause birth defects.

According to R. Keith Campbell, RPh, CDE, professor of the pharmacy department at Washington State University, there are no vitamins or minerals that can specifically help people with diabetic kidney disease. He also warns that high doses of magnesium and potassium should not be used by patients with kidney problems.

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