Archive for July, 2009

Type 2 Diabetes: What You Need to Know for Your Diet

Monday, July 27th, 2009

When it comes to managing type 2 diabetes, I believe that the quality of the food that you eat matters as much if not more than the quantity.

Although most people with type 2 diabetes are overweight or obese, many are not. That means simply reducing the number of calories will not be enough to manage your diabetes and also promote good health.

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Dr. Marie Savard Answers Your Questions: GMA Medical Contributor Weighs in on Diabetes, Acid Reflux and More

Monday, July 20th, 2009

“Good Morning America” medical contributor Dr. Marie Savard has the answers to some of your questions about acid reflux medications, contraceptives, diabetes and diet.

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QUESTION: “I take medications for acid reflux. How is this going to affect my bones?”

DR. MARIE SAVARD: I’m getting this question all the time. There is a lot of research that shows that’s exactly the point. The more you take, the stronger the medication, it lowers your bone density and raises the risk of fracture. Why is that?

The Fear of Osteoporosis: Steps You Can Take to Limit Brittle Bones

Monday, July 13th, 2009

I don’t think there is anything more feared among the elderly than becoming totally dependent on others for help and perhaps being sent to a nursing home because they aren’t able to care for themselves.

Fear of becoming dependent is the biggest concern for the elderly Cabrini religious sisters I have cared for more than 26 years. It turns out that suffering a debilitating hip fracture is one of most common reasons a person is sent to a nursing home. And when that happens, all too often people don’t get the treatment they need to prevent future fractures and more pain and disability.

Hillary Clintons Fracture May Serve as Osteoporosis Warning

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s unfortunate fall last week meant a fracture and subsequent surgery Friday to repair the break in her right elbow.

It’s not clear if this was just a nasty fall or if Clinton has any underlying conditions such as osteoporosis that contributed to the fracture. Her spokesperson declined to comment about whether she’d received any such diagnosis after the accident.

Regardless, for many women who are roughly the same age as Clinton this is the kind of accident that often serves as a wake-up call that they should get themselves screened for the bone-weakening condition osteoporosis and its precursor, osteopenia.

FDA Scrutinizes Acetaminophens Liver Risk

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Acetaminophen is the most commonly used painkiller in the country and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will scrutinize its safety record today in the shadow of concerns that people taking too much of it are damaging their livers.

Research has shown that hundreds of Americans each year experience acute liver failure as a result of taking acetaminophen — widely known under the brand name Tylenol — and about 100 people die annually from overdosing on the painkiller, either intentionally or unintentionally.