While it would be absurd to suggest that family doctors should be aware of the more obscure side effects of all the drugs they prescribe, this situation is rather different. Bendroflumethiazide is one of the commoner drugs prescribed for raised blood pressure and it is well known to cause diabetes in almost 10 per cent of those taking it. So for her family doctor to fail to make the connection is definitely a bit odd. She did the sensible thing and binned her pills. Gratifyingly, her “diabetes” has since cured itself, and for good measure, her blood pressure has also remained satisfactory.
What about fortified almond and soy milks? Yes, they do contain similar amounts of calcium to full fat cow’s milk. An 8oz glass of calcium fortified almond or soy milk contains 300mg of calcium. Interestingly, studies comparing the bones of children drinking soy and almond milk compared to full fat cow’s milk showed reduced bone density in the children drinking calcium fortified non-cow’s milks. This may be due to the combination of other nutrients found in cow’s milk, such as proteins, phosphorus and vitamin K2, which are also important for bone health.