Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Your Pain Killing Pill May Kill You

The FDA announced July that most non steroidal anti-inflammatory pain relievers (NSAIDs) will need to carry a stronger warning on their labels about the increased risk of heart attacks, heart failure and strokes. These drugs include ibuprofen and naproxen. Aspirin and acetaminophen are not included.

It has been known for some time the the NSAIDs create increased risks of these problems especially when taken at higher doses or long term. People with pre-existing cardiovascular disease are at even higher risk.

The small print on their labels has been outlining this risk for some time, but the new warning will not only be stronger but will also state that the risk can increase as early as the first weeks of NSAID use. If there is any question in your mind about the advisability of taking NSAIDs please discuss the risk benefit issue with your physician.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Belly Fat And Morbity

Beer belly, spare tire, love handles. Are these terms of endearment or are they harbingers of serious illness to come? New research suggests that belly fat or central obesity is a serious health concern even for people with a normal body mass index.

This conclusion was reached by compiling data from a large study of 15,184 adults who were followed for an average 14 years.

Men and women with higher levels of belly fat had a greater risk of death than overweight or obese individuals whose fat was more evenly distributed throughout their bodies. The  reason for this is  unusual fact is unknown and is under investigation.

The take home message from this study is that having a normal weight is not enough. You must become aggressive in reducing that belly fat. To learn simple ways to reduce your waist size read our book Live Longer Live Healthier.

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Sunday, June 5, 2016

Grapefruit Can Be A Health Problem

The problem with grapefruit, as well as Seville oranges, pomelos and limes, is that some substances found in the juice inhibit an enzyme found in the intestines and liver that aids in metabolizing some drugs. The result of this inhibition is that you may end up with a higher level of the active ingredient of the drug iin your bloodstream. This can lead to serious problems such as acute kidney failure, heart problems, kidney failure, trouble breathing and gastrointestinal bleeding.

This interaction occurs quickly and can last 24 hours or longer. The effects vary from person to person, but older people are at higher risk. The danger is also greater for drugs that have little forgiveness if the dose is off by even the slightest amount.

The bottom line if you take a prescription medication is to check with your health care professional. before consuming grapefruit or other juices mentioned above.  If there is an interaction and if you want to stay out of trouble stop drinking grapefruit juice.  Try orange or tangerine juice instead.

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