Medicine, Weight Gain and Fast Food

New medicine combo helps those with diabetes control blood glucose levels

Metformin alone has shown to be very effective in lowering blood glucose levels in those with diabetes. However, a recent study suggests that metformin along with the medicine vildagliptin is a powerful partnership in the fight to control blood glucose levels. When compared with those taking metformin alone, those who took metformin and vildagliptin for 12 weeks had 1-percent decreases in A1C.  About ten times more people had target A1C levels below 6.5-percent and over four times more people had target A1C levels below 7-percent in the combo group as compared with those who took metformin alone.
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Weight gain and statin use may lead to diabetes diagnosis

Weight gain in any regard can increase your risk of chronic disease such as heart disease and diabetes. However, a recent study found that those who were taking the cholesterol-lowering medicine atorvastatin were at great risk of getting diagnosed with diabetes a year after starting the statin if they gained a great amount of weight over that first year. Therefore, it is suggested that statin or not, that you take special care to control your body weight with lifestyle changes in order to prevent onset of diabetes and other chronic disease.
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Fast food in your neighborhood may be affecting your health

If you have a coworker bring in cookies to your workplace, or are invited to a party with unhealthy food, this close exposure to unhealthy foods can make you more tempted to eat them.  This theory has been confirmed with a recent study that has found that those who lived close to a large pool of fast foods restaurants consumed more fast food than those who did not live near such places. It is suggested that such restaurants should be restricted from being in school zones so as to help along with the fight against childhood obesity and lower children’s risk of future chronic disease.
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ADHD may increase risk of obesity in children

Not much is known about the origin of attention-deficit and hyperactivity disorder, also known as ADHD, but a recent study found a link to childhood obesity and the condition. Those children with ADHD were one-half more likely to be obese than children without ADHD. It is suspected that the stimulant medicines children with ADHD take may help slow weight gain, but in the long term such children will have a greater risk of being overweight or obese as a young adult than those without ADHD.  It is suggested that healthcare providers take extra special care to screen children with ADHD for obesity and related risk factors to help them stay within a healthy weight range and lower their risk for obesity-related health issues.
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