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


Are the guidelines for what is considered healthy, being changed to accommodate a growing obesity epidemic? You be the judge. I have a predisposition genetically for high cholesterol, but am also able to keep it in check with diet and exercise. While this article deals more with diabetes, I am merely raising an awareness and a push for being more proactive towards our health.
The American Diabetes Association is now suggesting that some patients with diabetes take a statin to lower cholesterol levels. People with diabetes are two to four times more likely to have a stroke or heart attack.
There is also a recommendation that everyone exercise regularly, not spend more than 90 minutes at a time inactive, and to perform resistance exercise at least twice a week unless advised against, due to medical reasons.
What does all of this mean? Regular exercise and the proper intake of nutritious food, (diet), will help lower blood pressure, reduce your risk of stroke and heart attack, lower stress, improve sleep and memory, the list goes on.
In fitness, Bob

Cooking with Kathy Man

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 statins. These include younger, healthier patients and very old patients…

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