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Study: Antidepressants May Increase Diabetes Risk

January 13, 2014

See if you can answer this question: what is the leading cause of disability among Americans ages 15 to 44? If you guessed heart disease, diabetes, or even cancer, you guessed wrong.

The correct answer is depression.

Depression affects about 14.8 million American adults over age 18 every year – or 6.7 percent of the population. There is a higher usage of antidepressants (medications prescribed to treat depression) now than ever before. Approximately 11 percent of Americans are taking some form of antidepressant and this number continues to increase.

One new study found, however, that taking antidepressants could increase risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Diabetes screening and glucose screening are recommended for those taking such medication whether it is for a short or long period of time.

The studies indicate that not everyone who takes antidepressants will end up with diabetes. Antidepressants do not share a causal relationship with diabetes. However, there are specific drugs that are linked to increased risk, including Tricyclic Antidepressant (TCA) and Selective Serotorium Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRI). Some doctors may feel it necessary to take these two drugs together which tends to increase the chances of developing diabetes.

Because antidepressant can cause weight gain, and weight gain is a major risk factor for diabetes, the link between the two arises. In most cases, a person suffering from depression may need help from their doctor. This typically leads to taking antidepressants on a daily basis to help maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Adults and children who face depression are in most cases taking antidepressants to avoid further health issues. This type of medication helps balance levels of neurotransmitters that are natural chemicals in the brain.

Individuals with depression who do not seek help or take the proper medication may face problems such as continuous health issues, personal and professional problems, and in severe cases, death. About two thirds of those struggling with depression are not getting help for it. The recent conclusion that antidepressants are linked to increased diabetes risk should not prevent individuals from discussing their situation with their doctor and getting help.

If you’re worried about your risk for type 2 diabetes, talk to your doctor or consider a diabetes screening.  Life Line Screening is here to help give you the tools you need to be proactive with your health.

How Cinnamon Could Benefit Diabetes Patients

November 8, 2013

For many years, cinnamon has been touted as a natural way to lower blood glucose levels in people with diabetes, but research findings in the past had never shown conclusive results to back this theory up. However, researchers who examined data from recent studies on type 2 diabetes and cinnamon found evidence to support this claim, according to a recent article in The Huffington Post.

This is encouraging news for those who have type 2 diabetes. Although cinnamon supplements do not lower glucose levels as much as metformin, the drug that is typically used by diabetics, cinnamon can bring these levels down by almost 25 milligrams. This figure is a bit higher than the results produced by more recent forms of drugs used to control insulin levels. It’s important to note, however, that most of the diabetics who took part in these studies continued to take their normal diabetes medications along with the cinnamon supplements.

While cinnamon isn’t meant to be a replacement for regular medication or injectable insulin, it can provide some additional help for those who struggle to control their glucose levels. With type 2 diabetes on the rise, this finding is significant to diabetes research.


Understanding Diabetes Risk

Those with a family history of diabetes or other risk factors, such as high cholesterol, should have a diabetes screening such as those provided by Life Line Screening before taking cinnamon supplements or using other means to control blood glucose levels. More studies are needed to fully determine a definitive cause and effect relationship between taking cinnamon supplements and having lower glucose levels.

In the meantime, those who have undergone a glucose screening and have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes should talk with their doctor about including cinnamon supplements or other sources of cinnamon into their diet to better control glucose levels.

Cassia cinnamon is one of the most common types of supplements available. According to MedlinePlus, these supplements are generally safe when used in small amounts, but taking larger amounts on a long-term basis could cause side effects or make liver disease worse in those who have liver problems. Getting a doctor’s advice is the best way to ensure that cinnamon is used safely to help control diabetes.


Lifting Weights Lowers Diabetes Risk, How to Do a Skin Exam, 6 Surprising Obesity Stats

August 17, 2012

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Pump Iron to Lower Diabetes Risk

Some people might not particularly enjoy exercising, but research shows the benefits of physical activity are abundant. Now, weight training has been linked to lower diabetes risk in men.

Multiple news outlets (ABC News, Fox News, Reuters) are discussing the latest diabetes study linking weight training exercise to lower diabetes risk for men. Data was collected from 32,000 male health professionals who answered surveys every two years from 1990 to 2008.

Results published in the Archives of Internal Medicine show that four out of 1,000 men developed type 2 diabetes every year. For men who did weight training for 150 minutes or more per week, the risk of developing type 2 diabetes was one-third lower than men who never lifted weights.

“I think the benefits of weight training are real,” said Dr. Frank Hu of the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston and lead author of the study. “Any type of exercise is beneficial for diabetes prevention but weight training can be incorporated with aerobic exercise to get the best results.”

Weight training can also be beneficial to ward off other diseases, like osteoporosis, stroke and heart attack. Learn more about how you can gain priceless peace of mind by scheduling a preventive health screening with Life Line Screening today.

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Skin Health: How to Do a Self-Exam

With summer in its final stretch, your skin has probably been through a lot. Now is the perfect time to check yourself for unusual moles, sores, lumps or patches that could be cancerous.

Not sure where to start? Here are some tips for performing a self-exam of the entire surface of your skin.

1. Check your skin from head to toe

Face, neck, ears and scalp. Comb through your hair and part it randomly to check for discolorations or abnormal bumps on the scalp. To see the back of your head, hold a hand-held mirror in front of your face with your back to a wall-mounted mirror. Use your free hand to comb through your hair as you look in the hand-mirror.

Front, back, right and left sides. Stand in front of a full-length mirror and carefully check your front side. To check your back, use the hand-held mirror as described above. Lift your arms and check both your right and left sides (don’t forget your armpits). It’s a good idea to feel for any unusual lumps under the skin as well.

Arms, legs, feet, buttocks and genital area. Bend your elbows and check on the underside of your arms. Use a mirror to check your legs, buttocks and genital area closely. Don’t forget to check between your toes and on the soles of your feet. Never overlook an area because you think it’s too out of reach. It’s better to be as thorough as possible.

2. Study your skin

As you look, keep in mind where you have moles and what they look like so the next time you do this self-exam, you’ll know what’s different and what’s the same.

What to look for:

  • A new mole (if it looks different from other moles)
  • A change in a mole (size, shape, color or feel)
  • A red or dark flaky patch that seems a little raised
  • A new firm, flesh-colored bump
  • A sore that isn’t going away

Skin cancer is best treated when found early. That’s why these self-exams are so important. Stay proactive in your health and catch deadly conditions before they become just that—deadly.


6 Surprising Obesity Statistics

You’ve heard it from us time and time again: maintaining a healthy lifestyle can dramatically lower your risk of countless diseases, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis and more. Obesity is one condition that can drastically increase your chances of developing any of these diseases.

We’ve rounded up 6 statistics related to obesity in the United States that can (hopefully) provide some motivation to stay fit and keep your body strong and healthy.

  1. 112,000 deaths occur from obesity every year in the U.S.
  2. Compared to people of a healthy weight, risk of premature death increases by 50-100% in people who have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or more.
  3. Medical costs for those who are obese are $1,429 (yearly) higher than those of normal weight.
  4. 70% of diagnosed heart disease cases are linked directly to obesity (according to the American Heart Association).
  5. In every U.S. state, 1 in 5 people are obese.
  6. 75 million Americans are obese.

If you’re at risk for heart disease, diabetes, stroke or other ailments, learn more about the preventive health screenings offered by Life Line Screening and get the valuable peace of mind you deserve.

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