July 29, 2012

Digging Deep on Diet and Drug-induced Diabetes

Posted in Uncategorized at 11:16 pm by mknight1130

Where would we be without our medicines? I ponder this question. Women and men can choose when to have families with birth control. People who are diabetic can manage their conditions and even use medication to control blood sugar. Drugs can save lives by treating individuals with cardiac diseases and problems. Children who would have failed school, can receive stimulants to treat attention deficit disorder, making it possible to learn and to have more choices in the future. Patients can transform the quality of their lives by using medication to manage moods, as  Listening to Prozac, by Peter Kramer, attests. At the same time medication can have unintended consequences, including drug-induced diabetes. Medications that adversely affect how blood sugar is regulated may lead to a poor blood-sugar regulation or drug-induced diabetes. This can be more noticeable when taking some prescription medications over a long period of time. How can you learn about prescription drug interactions? Here are two sites:

The Food and Drug Administration, FDA reports adverse effects of prescribed medications and addresses safety concerns at the website: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/default.htm . The MedWatch site provides information on recalls, news on drug risks, a place to report negative interactions with drugs, as well as a friendly database to search for specific drug interactions. This site also tracks unlawful prescription drugs sold over the Internet, warning customers of potentially dangerous suppliers. The FDA maintains the website, providing a more objective viewpoint to medications, as the FDA is not in the business of selling or distributing drugs or medical products for a profit. As a medical regulator and a more neutral party, The FDA and its MedWatch site provide accurate assessments on the medication.

PubMed, an electronic, biomedical, article archive maintained by the  US National Library of Medicine, provides quality research information. The novice and the expert will find information about current studies and trends, including documentation about drug-interactions and diabetes. Pubmed provides a snapshot  summaries on  trends and studies . Readers can search over 21 million records to identify the information that is needed. The search tool makes it easy and quick to retrieve terms. Similar articles to a topic searched, can be found pretty fast, in part due to a controlled vocabulary, MeSH or Medical Subject Headings. For those on the run, with a mobile phone and internet access, the mobile version of Pubmed http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/ offers ready access from almost anywhere.

We need to understand medications as much as we need them to help us manage parts of our lives. We need to understand how prescription drugs will benefit us and their risks, especially as they are prescribed for the same person over a longer period of time. Drugs can contribute towards impaired sugar regulation and diabetes. To manage diabetes, we need to exercise, eat healthily, cease to smoke, minimize or cut out alchohol, and reduce processed sugars and foods. Doctors give us this good advice and it holds true today. In addition we need to be aware of how many prescribed drugs we take, their benefits and their interactions. The two sources above help in this understanding.

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