You only get one body. Being a well-informed health consumer can help you take the best care of it and improve your quality of life.
Men are less likely to go for medical checkups than women and may have hidden health conditions. They are at greater risk for heart disease and certain types of cancer, and some drugs may increase the risk.
Women have unique health care needs and spend hundreds of dollars more on health care each year than men. Certain prescription drugs and medical devices may create unique health risks for women.
Almost half of seniors take at least five medications every day. They are more likely to need surgery and joint replacement. Seniors are most at risk for complications from drug side effects or faulty medical devices.
Abuse of prescription drugs and alcohol is a growing problem among students, particularly those who are college age. Drug and alcohol abuse can create serious health problems.
The Food and Drug Administration is responsible for making sure dangerous drugs and medical devices stay off the market. However, it often relies on drug and device companies for funding and safety information.
Drugs and supplements may have dangerous side effects when they interact with other medications. Consumers need to be aware of the medications and supplements they take and the effects they may have when mixed.
Every year, nearly 5 million Americans end up in the emergency room or doctor’s office as a result of drug side effects, some fatal. Before taking any medication, consumers should be aware of the risks and benefits.
People with type 2 diabetes often take several medications to control blood sugar. Unfortunately, some of these medications can lead to additional health concerns, including certain types of cancer.
Each year, about 70,000 people are diagnosed with bladder cancer in the United States, and about 15,000 die. Some bladder cancer cases are linked to prescription drugs like Actos, a type 2 diabetes medication.
Pancreatic cancer is a difficult cancer to treat because it is usually diagnosed too late. Studies show type 2 diabetes medications like Januvia and Byetta can cause cancerous cells to form in the pancreas.
The thyroid gland controls metabolism and sensitivity to temperature by excreting hormones. Some medications like Byetta can cause problems that may lead to thyroid complications, including cancer.
About 715,000 heart attacks occur each year in the United States. While a number of factors such as smoking, obesity and inactivity increase the risk of heart attack, certain medications like Pradaxa also increase the risk.
Mesothelioma is one of the world’s rarest cancers, but it also has another distinction. It is entirely preventable. Asbestos exposure causes this disease, and people who get it should examine their work history and ask questions about it.
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