Archive for June, 2009

Millions of Diabetics May Have Undiagnosed Sleep Apnea

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

Many obese patients with type 2 diabetes have a dangerous but treatable sleep condition called sleep apnea. Of 306 obese patients with diabetes who underwent a sleep study, 87 percent of them had sleep apnea but had never been previously diagnosed, according to a recent study published in the journal Diabetes Care,

This is a staggering number and suggests that both patients and doctors need to pay closer attention. Just imagine — with more than 24 million people with type 2 diabetes, and most of them overweight or obese, there is a huge number of people who are undiagnosed and untreated for sleep apnea. Sleep apnea leads to a number of serious conditions including increased risk for heart attack, heart failure and even stroke.

Spare the Ovaries! What Women Should Ask Before a Hysterectomy

Friday, June 19th, 2009

Far too many women, even young women, have their perfectly healthy ovaries removed at the time of a hysterectomy.

Doctors long recommended this to prevent ovarian cancer later in life. Although many doctors claim that this practice rarely happens today, the statistics say otherwise.

Of the 600,000 hysterectomies each year for non-cancerous causes, half of all women have their ovaries removed at the same time — and many of these women have many years to go before menopause.

So, it seems that the practice of removing healthy ovaries at the time of hysterectomy has continued, despite years of evidence suggesting that ovaries are complicated hormone powerhouses, even in the time approaching and during menopause.