Type 2 Diabetes Drugs Can Increase Cancer Risk
Today’s guest post is written by Aubrey Hayes, National Awareness Director of DrugWatch.com.
Losing weight may be the most important life change you can make if you have diabetes. More than 85 percent of people who have type 2 diabetes are obese. That means their body mass index is more than 30 kg/m2. Being overweight doesn’t just make you more likely to have diabetes; it also increases your risk of congestive heart failure and cancer.
If you aren’t exercising, you’re more likely to use medication to manage type 2 diabetes too. Some of the most popular drugs will add to your overall risk of heart and cancer complications. Actos, one of the best-selling type 2 diabetes drugs, has been shown to increase the risk of Actos bladder cancer by 83 percent. Due to this, thousands of patients have filed Actos Lawsuits.
An ongoing study called Look AHEAD is researching the best way to use exercise to combat diabetes. So far the study shows people who become involved with personal trainers and other lifestyle counselors have the best chance of losing weight and keeping weight off after several years.
A loss of between 5 to 10 percent of body weight can prevent diabetes and improve symptoms if you have it. The key is to keep the weight off permanently. When people lose weight, but don’t have someone to keep them motivated, many of them regain their weight in three to five years.
Look AHEAD researched how effective personal trainers, psychologists and dieticians can be at helping people stay thin. In the study, they compared two groups. One group only received educational sessions on how to lose weight. The other group received a team of exercise, mental health and dietary lifestyle counselors to help them lose enough weight to improve diabetes. In the interim results of the study, the group with the counselors kept off 3.6 percent more weight than the group without the extra help.
It’s true that professional health can be expensive, but compare the cost of a personal trainer to a lifetime of diabetes medication, hospital treatments and poor physical health.
By seeking professional help, you will add value — and maybe years — to your life.