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Question by  kwinter1963 (18)

Does hydrochlorothiazide affect blood sugar?


Answer by  ChristinaRamirez (481)

Taking Hydrochlorothiazide will effect your blood sugar levels. It is important to check your blood sugars regularly when taking this medication.

posted by Anonymous
I have been on this med for over a yr and now my last 3 blood sugars have been about 125.I am not a diabetic,but my MD says I am because I had 3 test above 120sDoes this make me a diabetic  add a comment

Answer by  mammakat (11147)

Yes, hydrochlorothiazide can elevate blood sugar levels, so it is important to tell your physician if you have conditions in which this is a factor, such as diabetes.


Answer by  worker9181 (47)

At high doses, yes, hydrochlorothiazide can affect blood glucose levels - it tends to raise them. The problem is that thiazides tend to lower potassium levels, which raises glucose levels. If the lowering of potassium is prevented, than the thiazide will not raise the glucose. It's generally accepted that the benefit of hydrochlorothiazide outweighs the risk of slight glucose elevations.


Answer by  worker5160 (20)

Hydrochlorothiazide, which is used to treat high blood pressure and fluid retention, can elevate blood sugar levels in diabetics. Hydrochlorothiazide may cause blood sugar abnormalities in about 3% of people.


Answer by  Anonymous

I am a type two diabetic and noticed that even when eating well and dieting my sugars still ran high. I am also on hctz which I now see was what had been causing my high bf numbers. I will ask my doctor for a beta blocker instead.

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