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.
Peanut Allergies Can Be Incredibly Dangerous
These days, almost everyone seems to know someone with a life-threatening nut allergy. Peanuts, one of the most common food allergies, don’t have to be ingested to cause a condition called anaphylaxis which can result in symptoms such as sharp drops in blood pressure, skin rash, nausea, vomiting, and a narrowing of the body’s airways blocking normal breathing. Simply coming into contact with the offending substance can trigger symptoms.
Statins May Help Slow Progression Of Prostate Cancer
A new study suggests that statins, drugs commonly used to lower cholesterol, may also slow the progression of prostate cancer.
An article published in HealthDay News reports that according to the study’s lead author, Dr. Lauren Christine Harshman, an assistant professor at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School, patients who took statins in addition to androgen deprivation therapy slowed the progress of their prostate cancer by approximately 10 months.
20% Of People With Osteoporosis Are Men
While osteoporosis is commonly associated with women, many men are also at risk or are already suffering from this condition. According to WebMD, 20% of people with osteoporosis are men. About 2 million American men have already been diagnosed with osteoporosis, and over 12 million are thought to be at risk for developing the condition in the future.