The FDA recently announced increased safety warnings for those taking cholesterol lowering drugs , saying that they can cause memory loss, confusion and an increased risk of Type 2 diabetes . Diabetes increases the risk for Alzheimer’s disease . The new warnings are based on results from the latest clinical trials, plus adverse effects reported by patients, physicians and the drug companies.
Many of our aging parents are on a statin drug to control cholesterol . Keeping low density cholesterol (LDL) under control is thought to help prevent heart attacks and strokes. The drugs are generally effective in lowering cholesterol.
It was first thought that the main risk for those who took statins was liver damage, so blood work was needed on a regular basis to check for liver problems. Now, that seems to be less of a worry. However, these new warnings are a big concern for people keeping an eye on a loved one at risk for dementia.
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Finding out your child has type 1 diabetes can be terrifying, and figuring out how to work diabetes care management into your life can be downright overwhelming. If you are a two-parent family, sit down, cry a little, and then read this list together and divide up the tasks. Communication between parents as you approach the steep diabetes learning curve will be essential. Below you'll find a checklist for parents of newly diagnosed children with diabetes. If you are a single parent, don’t be overwhelmed! The tasks may seem a lot to handle, but as you build a routine it will become much easier. 1. First of all, don’t panic. Right now you probably feel overwhelmed, confused and scared for your child. That’s normal. But keep in mind that type 1 diabetes is not what it used to be. There are still many myths about diabetes because until insulin was discovered in the 1920s, it was a fatal disease. Now, it is a very manageable chronic disease. The medical establishment ha...
Alternative Names Hyperglycemic hyperosmolar coma; Nonketotic hyperglycemic hyperosmolar coma (NKHHC); Hyperosmolar nonketotic coma (HONK) Symptoms Coma Confusion Convulsions Increased thirst Increased urination (at the beginning of the syndrome) Lethargy Nausea Weakness Weight loss Symptoms may get worse over a period of days or weeks. Other symptoms that may occur with this disease: Dysfunctional movement Loss of feeling or function of muscles Speech impairment Signs and tests Signs may include: Extreme dehydration High temperature -- higher than 38 degrees Centigrade (100.4 degrees Fahrenheit) Increased heart rate Low systolic blood pressure Test results include: High serum osmolarity (concentration) Higher than normal BUN and creatinine Higher than normal serum sodium Mild ketone buildup (ketosis) Very high blood glucose Evaluation for possible causes may include: Blood cultures Chest x-ray Electrocardiogram (ECG) Urinalysis
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