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.
Statins are primarily used for prevention of cardiovascular disease among otherwise healthy adults. While patients typically think of statins and the heart, various studies have shown they affect the body’s response to other diseases such as diabetes and prostate cancer.
According to a recent article published in Medical News Today, a new study published in the journal Diabetologia suggests that statins may more significantly increase a patient’s risk of type 2 diabetes than was previously thought. While studies have been circulating since 2013 about this, the current study’s authors explain that previous studies were limited and did not result in findings applicable to the general population.
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.
Safe Holiday Series Part I: Alcohol Consumption and Your Medications
For many, holiday celebrations often involve consumption of alcohol – from wine with Thanksgiving turkey to cocktails or other libations at the office Christmas party. While responsible consumption of alcohol among adults is not necessarily a danger, many may be unaware of how those drinks will interact with their medications. This is particularly true for older adults who are more likely to be on a variety of regular medications.