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Health Tip: Avoiding Leg Cramps

Posted 9 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Painful leg cramps can happen to anyone, but tend to be common among seniors. The AARP recommends: Gently stretch and flex the leg to ease a cramp. Ask your doctor if a medication, such as a statin or diuretic, could be causing your leg cramps. Make sure your electrolyte levels are normal. Below-normal levels of potassium, magnesium or calcium could trigger leg cramps. Drink plenty of fluids. Make sure the covers aren't too tight on your bed. Choose shoes with proper arch support. Read more

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Cholesterol Drugs May Lower Stroke Risk for Healthy Older Adults

Posted 9 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 19, 2015 – Healthy older adults who take cholesterol-lowering drugs may be cutting their risk of stroke, a new French study suggests. The study found that when people took medications called statins or fibrates, their risk of stroke over almost a decade went down by about one-third. But, lead researcher Dr. Christophe Tzourio, a professor of epidemiology at the University of Bordeaux and Inserm in France, doesn't think older people should start taking these drugs solely for stroke prevention. "Our results should not be interpreted as an indication for prescribing statins or fibrates to elderly individuals. We wouldn't recommend changing medications based on the results of only one study," he said. "The next step is to see whether we can replicate our findings or not," he added. The report was published May 19 in the BMJ. Statins include drugs such as Lipitor and Zocor. ... Read more

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One-Third of Americans Have Dangerous Mix of Heart Risk Factors

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 19, 2015 – More than one-third of U.S. adults have a combination of health problems collectively known as metabolic syndrome that increase the risk of heart disease and diabetes, according to new research. What's worse, the researchers found the rate of metabolic syndrome increases dramatically with age. Almost half of people 60 or older in the United States have metabolic syndrome, the study found. "That's concerning, because we know the population of the U.S. is aging," said senior author Dr. Robert Wong, an assistant clinical professor at University of California, San Francisco. "I think it will potentially place a huge burden on our health care system." Metabolic syndrome is a "perfect storm" of conditions that include high blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol levels, increased levels of blood sugar, and a wider waist circumference, Wong said. Medical experts are ... Read more

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Staying Fit May Delay Onset of High Cholesterol, Study Finds

Posted 18 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 11, 2015 – Men who keep fit may find they delay normal age-related increases in blood cholesterol levels by up to 15 years, a new study suggests. It is common for cholesterol levels to rise with age and then decrease later in life, the study authors explained in background notes. Previous studies have shown that high cholesterol levels can be a risk factor for heart disease. Regular physical activity can lower this risk, the researchers said. "Exercise and being fit helps keep arteries clear by lowering 'bad' [LDL] cholesterol and boosting 'good' [HDL] cholesterol," explained study author Dr. Xuemei Sui, an assistant professor at the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, S.C. "It also reduces other risk factors for atherosclerosis [narrowed arteries] and blood clots, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity and stress," Sui ... Read more

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Americans' Blood Triglyceride Levels Dropping: CDC

Posted 7 May 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 7, 2015 – Americans' levels of triglycerides – a type of fat in the blood – have dropped significantly in the past decade, according to a new federal study. Factors that may lower triglyceride levels include quitting smoking, weight loss, use of cholesterol-lowering drugs (such as statins) and improving dietary nutrition, the researchers said. "The news is encouraging," said Dr. Michael Miller, a professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore. But Miller, who was not involved with the study, added that it is "certainly nothing to brag about when one out of every three middle-aged men 40 to 59, and nearly one out of every three women aged 60 and over continue to live with unhealthy triglyceride levels." Like the bad type of cholesterol – LDL – high levels of triglycerides raise the risk of clogged arteries and heart disease. Another expert, Dr. ... Read more

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Statins May Slow Prostate Cancer Progression: Study

Posted 7 May 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 7, 2015 – Statins, widely used to lower cholesterol levels, may also slow the progression of prostate cancer in patients receiving hormone therapy, a new study suggests. Among 926 men undergoing hormone therapy for advanced prostate therapy, those taking statins saw significant benefits, researchers said. Their cancer remained stable for an average of 27.5 months before worsening, compared with an average of 17.4 months among men not taking statins. "These findings are preliminary, so I would not recommend that everybody start on statins to slow prostate cancer," said study senior author Dr. Philip Kantoff, chief of solid tumor oncology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. Also, Kantoff cautioned that these findings apply only to men who have advanced prostate cancer that has relapsed after hormone therapy. "This does not speak to early stage prostate cancer or ... Read more

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Health Tip: Moms, Make Time for Yourself

Posted 6 May 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Keeping yourself healthier has benefits that extend to the entire family. The American Council on Exercise recommends: Eat a healthy, balanced diet, drink plenty of water and find time to exercise regularly. Take some time for yourself each day. Schedule regular date nights to reconnect with your partner. Make time to visit with friends and enjoy time outside of being a mom. Make sure you laugh every day! Treat yourself to a massage to help release hormones that boost mood. Keep a daily journal that includes things you are thankful for. Read more

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Can Statins Help Lower Lung Cancer Death Risk?

Posted 1 May 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 1, 2015 – Taking the cholesterol-lowering medications known as statins for a year before getting a diagnosis of lung cancer was associated with a 12 percent lower risk of dying from that cancer, new research suggests. The researchers from Northern Ireland also found indications that those who had a minimum of 12 statin prescriptions filled after being diagnosed with lung cancer saw their lung cancer death risk drop by as much as 19 percent. But, study lead author Chris Cardwell stressed that the degree of the association seen between statin use and a lower risk for lung cancer death was "relatively small." And while the study found an association between statin use and a lower risk of lung cancer death, it wasn't designed to prove a cause-and-effect relationship. Cardwell said there are any number of other differences between patients who take statins and patients who don't ... Read more

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Statins Carry Some Risk for Seniors, Study Suggests

Posted 22 Apr 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 22, 2015 – Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs can help prevent heart disease in seniors, but the medications also carry the risk of side effects, new research shows. Researchers used a computer simulation to assess whether statins should be routinely taken by adults aged 75 and older to prevent heart disease. There did appear to be "tremendous" potential benefits, such as a far lower risk of heart attack, the study authors said. The researchers estimated that 105,000 heart attacks and 68,000 deaths could be prevented if all U.S. adults aged 75 to 93 who did not have heart disease took statins over the next decade. However, the benefits of giving statins to this group of people would be offset by a 10 percent to 30 percent increase in the risk of side effects such as muscle pain and weakness, and slight declines in thinking and memory, according to the researchers. The ... Read more

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Terminally Ill Can Do Without Statins, Study Finds

Posted 26 Mar 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 26, 2015 – Halting the use of cholesterol-lowering statins in terminally ill patients may improve their quality of life, a new study indicates. These findings suggest that care for terminally ill patients can be improved by taking them off medication primarily meant to prevent other health problems, the study authors said. "For patients with shorter life expectancy, greater concern about pill burden, and more comfort-oriented goals of care, physicians may endorse discontinuing statins as a means to reduce the number of medications without apparent harmful effects on survival or quality of life," wrote study first author Dr. Jean Kutner, a professor of medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and colleagues. Statins are among the most widely used medications in the United States, and 25 percent of Medicare beneficiaries take the drugs. The benefits of ... Read more

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Can Statins Help Improve Prostate Cancer Survival?

Posted 9 Mar 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 9, 2015 – Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs may slow down prostate cancer in men who are also taking medication to reduce their levels of male hormones, according to new research. Taking a statin alongside androgen deprivation therapy slowed the progress of prostate cancer by about 10 months, said the study's lead author, Dr. Lauren Christine Harshman, an assistant professor at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School. "Patients on a statin have a significantly longer time to progression," Harshman said. The study's findings were presented recently at a meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) in Orlando, Fla. Research presented at meetings is generally viewed as preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal. The study did not prove a cause-and-effect link between statins and prostate cancer survival, just an association. ... Read more

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Statins Linked to Raised Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

Posted 5 Mar 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 4, 2015 – Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs may significantly increase a person's risk of developing type 2 diabetes, a new study from Finland suggests. Researchers found that statins were associated with an almost 50 percent higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes, even after adjusting for other factors. Statins appear to increase the risk of type 2 diabetes in several ways, the researchers said. One is that the drugs can increase a person's insulin resistance, and the other is that the cholesterol-lowering drugs seem to impair the ability of the pancreas to secrete insulin, according to the report. Commenting on the study, Dr. Ronald Goldberg, director of the Lipid Disorder Clinic and associate director of the Diabetes Research Institute at the University of Miami, said the researchers "show evidence that statins increased insulin resistance, and that the people ... Read more

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Poor Response to Statins May Mean Clogged Arteries

Posted 26 Feb 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 26, 2015 – Twenty percent of people with heart disease don't respond to cholesterol-lowering statins and may have dangerously clogged arteries, researchers have found. A new study found these people experienced little or no reduction in the "bad" cholesterol that contributes to artery-blocking plaque, making heart attack or stroke more likely. The finding has important implications for statin guidelines, said lead researcher Dr. Stephen Nicholls, deputy director of the South Australian Health & Medical Research Institute in Adelaide. "Cholesterol levels should continue to be monitored to ensure we are moving in the right direction," said Nicholls. "It is simply not good enough to prescribe [a statin] and move on." The analysis also underscores the need for new medications to target plaque buildup in statin nonresponders, the study said. Nicholls said many patients – ... Read more

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Nearly All Diabetics Should Be on Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs: Experts

Posted 23 Dec 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 23, 2014 – New guidelines from the American Diabetes Association (ADA) call for giving the cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins to all people with diabetes to help prevent heart disease. These new standards bring the association in line with the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association, which also recommend giving low- or high-dose statins to all people at risk for heart disease, including people with diabetes. "We agree that the decision to start a statin should be based on a patient's risk," said Dr. Richard Grant, a research scientist at Kaiser Permanente Division of Research and chairman of the ADA's professional practice committee. "It turns out that patients with diabetes have the same risk as people with heart disease, so all of our patients need to be on statins," he said. However, Grant said some people with diabetes may not need ... Read more

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Number of Americans Taking Statins Keeps Rising: CDC

Posted 23 Dec 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 23, 2014 – More Americans than ever are taking cholesterol-lowering medications, federal health officials reported Tuesday. The percentage of adults aged 40 and older taking drugs that combat high cholesterol rose from 20 percent to 28 percent between 2003 and 2012, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Moreover, the use of statins increased from 18 percent to 26 percent, making them most commonly used cholesterol-lowering drugs. By 2011-12, 93 percent of adults using a cholesterol-lowering medication used a statin. The CDC researchers said they couldn't speculate on the reasons for the increase. But one cardiologist pointed out that statins have been shown to lower the risk of heart attack, stroke and premature death in men and women at risk for heart disease and stroke. And "heart disease and stroke remain the leading cause of illness and ... Read more

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