diabetes

Diabetes, Sugar, Blood Sugar, Fructose, Medication Adherence.

New Drug discoveries for Diabetes. But you’ll still have to remember to take them in order to be Medication Adherent The Strange Relationship of Diabetes and Sugar January and February of 2015 have revealed several new studies regarding Diabetes and the diseases relationship to Sugar. All of the studies promote that we should give up added sugars. But there’s so much more going on here. After all, our blood cells require sugar. (This chronic disease is all about Insulin Resistance.) That’s [...]

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Medication Adherence across the pond

Aston University, A Life and Health Sciences school in Birmingham, England, as released a study on Medication Adherence, (called AMAS) which they view as a breakthrough because, until now, there seems not to have been a study that focuses on lower income patients which is broken down by ethnic and cultural and socioeconomic groups. The AMAS is such a study. There seems to be some divergence from what we might find in a U.S. research study. Where the U.S. studies [...]

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Your Smartphone is about to be your new best medical friend

In this age of uncertainty of the future of medicine as it relates to cost and doctors, we are likely seeing the future of medicine on-the-go using your smart phone, and sending you and maybe your doctor information about your health. The world is changing. You’re already attached to your smart phone and it will be even more of your daily life in the future. Everything in your medical future is likely to be kept on your phone. And it [...]

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Facts about Diabetes that everyone needs to know

On November 17, 2012, the CEO of Eli Lilly, John C. Lechleiter, put out a letter about the significance of Diabetes in the world.  He did that because it was World Diabetes Day.  But, when you understand the statistics involved with this disease and the cost, you’ll probably agree with me that everyday is “World Diabetes Day.”  I am a diabetic myself, but was stunned none-the-less by what I learned from Dr. Lechleiter’s letter:  The world’s diabetic population has doubled since [...]

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Study Shows Adherent Cholesterol Patients have increased medication costs

The most recent study shows that adherent individuals that take statins to fight their high cholesterol (who remained on their meds over a two year period) were, in fact, healthier. The downside is that it cost them more money, including medications and hospitalizations than those that didn’t. Stunning news. Not. Those of us that use these meds could have guessed this. Prior studies showed that adherence leads to lower costs overall. But the combination of these studies fails to speak to [...]

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Healthy Savings

I just read an article that I highly recommend you read. This article by Joel White, in the North County Times, (the North County way up thar between San Diego and Riverside, CA), suggests several issues that are important for you to read and know. Rather than write an extended blog on the subject I’m going to highlight some of the information that Mr. White writes about, hoping that you will click on the link above and read the article [...]

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The more you test your glucose the more adherent you become.

Typically, when one reads about “medication adherence” it’s in the grand sense. It’s all diseases combined and how many dollars we might save as a country if we all took our medications as prescribed by a physician. This study, reported by DNS, found that diabetics who test their glucose 1 or more times per day are much more likely to be adherent to their drug regimen and were found to have a lower A1C level. Now… it’s expensive to buy all [...]

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Another study cites better Diabetes outcomes with Medication Adherence

This may sound familiar if you’ve read any of my blogs previously. It seems that many of these studies on medication adherence focus on Diabetes. Why? While I haven’t done a study on it, it would seem probable that it’s the nature of this chronic disease and it’s corresponding patients. It’s pretty obvious to those of us that are diabetics that the disease should be controllable and preventable. Just look at the nature of the projected growth of the [...]

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Some groups have more difficulty with medication adherence

The UK has released a spate of research over the past few months; some of these findingsare based on the same test group. You may have already read some of the articles that the AMAS (Aston Medication Adherence Study) has issued. We certainly have written about some of it. There are many aspects to the research. The latest seems to focus more on a co-relation between the kinds of medical issues and the societal/cultural aspects of the patients. This particular [...]

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The more meds I take, the more I forget to take them

I feel like I take too many medications, but my doctor says that they’re doing what they’re supposed to be doing even if I can’t tell. He has me do at least a couple of blood tests a year to make sure that all of my medical issues are on track. They’re not on track if I forget to take my meds. He says that taking my medications regularly is the first important step in achieving my goals for being [...]

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