FDA announces New Safety Concerns for Statins

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(Best Syndication News) - Cholesterol lowering medications prescribed by doctors have new important safety information announced by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These include not needing to do routine blood tests for liver enzymes, memory loss problems, increased diabetes risk, and muscle damage risk.

The FDA is advising health care professionals that routine blood tests for liver enzymes are no longer necessary because they did not prove to be helpful in preventing rare cases of serious liver injury that can happen when taking statins.

Memory loss, forgetting, and being confused have been reported as a side effect from some people taking statin medications. The memory loss was described as being “fuzzy.” The FDA said that the memory loss was reversible once the person stopped taking the medication.

Majority of US Adults have Sodium Intake Higher than RDA

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(Best Syndication News) - The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevent (CDC) reported that 90 percent of US adults consume too much sodium or salt daily. The bulk of the sodium comes from eating restaurant foods and certain grocery food items.

The CDC’s Vital Signs report declared that the 10 kinds of foods add up to over 40 percent of the daily sodium intake. The biggest culprit is breads, luncheon meats, pizzas, poultry, soups, cheeseburgers, sandwiches, cheese, pasta dishes, and meat dishes, and snack foods. The meat dishes can include meat loaf. The snack food items include food such as potato chips, pretzels, and popcorn. The sodium intake can continue to increase as the person eats multiple servings of the food daily, such as with bread.

Diabetes Lower-Limb Amputations decline in US

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(Best Syndication News) - The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that lower-limb amputation for people with diabetes over the age of 40, have declined to 3.9 cases per 1,000 in 2008, compared to 11. 2 cases per 1,000 in 1996. The CDC published their findings in the journal Diabetes Care.

These lower-limb amputations are related to circulation problems that is often an outcome for people with diabetes.

In 2008, men had higher age-adjusted rates of leg and foot amputations compared to women. The men had 6 per 1,000 compared to the women having 1.9 to 1,000. Blacks had higher rates of amputations compared to whites. Blacks had 4.9 per 1,000 compared to 2.9 per 1,000 for whites. Adults over the age of 75 had the highest rate of all, with 6.2 per 1,000.

Paula Deen admits to having Type 2 Diabetes on NBC's 'Today' TV Show

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(Best Syndication News) - Paula Deen, was on NBC’s ‘Today’ TV show this Tuesday morning and admitted publicly that she has been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Deen said that she has been living with this condition for the past three years.

Al Roker interviewed Deen and asked her why it took so long to go public with the diabetes? Deen said that she wanted to be able to figure things out in her head first, and she did not have anything to give to her audience by going public until now.

Roker further pressured her by suggesting that she withheld the announcement because the foods she cooked are high fat foods that some consider unhealthy. Deen said that she didn’t agree, and said that her cooking shows would continue because people are not going to quit eating.

Type 2 Diabetes risk increases with Daily consumption of Red Processed Meat Products and Red Meats

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(Best Syndication News) - Eating a diet high in processed red meat products and red meats could increase the risk for developing type 2 diabetes concluded a new study by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers. Eating the processed meats, such as bacon, lunchmeats, and hot dogs on a daily basis could increase the risk for developing type 2 diabetes by 51 percent, while daily red meat consumption increased the risk by 19 percent. The study is published in the today’s online edition of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The print version will be in the October issue.

On the other side, eating healthier proteins such as nuts, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products instead of red meat and processed red meats reduced the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

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