Insulin Pumps May Reduce Risk of Death from Heart Disease
Insulin pumps have long been used by people with type 1 diabetes to control their blood sugar. According to a recent Reuters Health article, a new Scandinavian study now suggests that diabetics who use insulin pumps may be reducing their risk of dying from heart disease as well.
Review Shows Blood Pressure Medications Help Diabetics
The American Diabetes Association estimates that two-thirds of people with diabetes have high blood pressure or take blood pressure medication. Left untreated, high blood pressure in diabetic patients can lead to significant health problems. Researchers may have found a way to help. A new review, published this month in the Journal of the American Medical Association, suggests that type 2 diabetics taking high blood pressure medications are less likely to suffer from heart attacks, strokes or die early.
The Link Between Birth Control Medications and Heart Problems
February is American Heart Month, a perfect time to talk about our country’s #1 killer: heart disease. While are still misconceptions among many women that this is a “male disease”, they couldn’t be more wrong. One out of every three women dies from heart disease, rendering it the number one cause of female death in the United States. That’s the equivalent of approximately one woman claimed every minute. To call attention to the problem and to raise awareness among women, the American Heart Association established its Go Red for Women campaign, and National Wear Red day (this year held on Friday, February 6).
National Wear Red Day
Today is National Wear Red Day, where women (and men) around the country wear red to raise awareness about the #1 killer of women, heart disease. According to the American Heart Association, heart disease claims more lives than all forms of cancer combined.
The Risks of Smoking While on Hormonal Birth Control
Patients that smoke while on hormonal birth control are at risk for developing serious health problems such as stroke, blood clots, or heart attack. While the connection between smoking, birth control, and serious health complications has been well documented, patients are hesitant to give up smoking while on the pill, the patch, the shot, or the ring. Studies show that 8 out of 10 women will continue smoking while on birth control even after being warned of the risks and adverse side effects that may be associated with combining the two.