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Has your diabetes team discussed the benefits of ACE inhibitors with you?


No, but I know what they are






No, and I don't know what they are






Yes, for the future






Yes, but I don't want to take one






Yes, but I don't understand the benefits






Yes, and I am already taking an ACE Inhibitor






Total votes: 442


Has your diabetes team discussed the benefits of ACE inhibitors with you?

Poll dates: March 21 - 28, 2004
Total Votes: 442

It is somewhat disconcerting to learn that 70% of the respondents to this poll are unaware of the benefits of ACE-inhibitors to people with diabetes. It's interesting that there has been essentially no change in responses since we first ran this poll in March 2002.

ACE-inhibitors (Angiotensin Converting Enzyme inhibitors) are a group of medications originally designed for the treatment of hypertension (high blood pressure). Examples include captopril, enalapril, quinapril, lisinopril, and others.

These medications are the first drug therapy for diabetic nephropathy, a common and often fatal complication of diabetes. Until these drugs were available, the only treatments were waiting for disaster, then treating with hemodialysis or a kidney transplant.

The use of one of these ACE inhibitors, captopril, was associated with a 50 percent reduction in the combined risk of death or of kidney failure requiring dialysis or a transplant. Several other studies have also shown that captopril can slow progression of diabetic kidney disease. Indeed, it almost seems reasonable to add ACE inhibitors to the program for everybody with diabetes, but it must be pointed out that:

  1. The benefit, if any, of their use for prevention of kidney disease is unproven (although it sounds reasonable).
  2. They cost money.
  3. They have common side effects (including chronic cough) and rare side effects (they are not recommended in pregnancy as they can cause injury and even death to the developing fetus).

This table shows how people responded to this poll the last time we ran it, compared with results from this poll:

Answer   Mar 2004   Mar 2003   Mar 2002
No, but know about them   19%   21%   19%
No, and don't know about them   69%   70%   72%
Yes, for the future   2%   1%   2%
Yes, don't want to take   1%   1%   1%
Yes, don't understand   1%   1%   1%
Yes, already taking   7%   5%   5%

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