Sunday, April 17, 2016
In a new research, scientists found that Metformin which is a drug for type 2 diabetes could significantly reduced death risks for certain kinds of cancers in postmenopausal woman suffering from type 2 diabetes.
They have found that women who have type 2 diabetes has 45% chances higher in dying than those women who had cancer but did not have diabetes.
Their study noted that women who has cancer who took metformin to treat their type 2 diabetes their risk of dying due to cancer is almost similar to those women who did not have diabetes.
"Metformin users, particularly long-term users, may be at lower risk of developing certain cancers and dying from cancer, compared to users of other anti-diabetes medications," the study said.
The reseach head author Zhihong Gong from Roswell Park Cancer Institute in New York says the results may provide evidence that it may be more beneficial to use metformin as type 2 diabetes treatment than other drugs for postmenopausal women who have cancer.
The research studied 146,000 postmenopausal women aged between 50 and 79 years old from 1993 to 1998. The subjects had a 25% to 35% risk of developing colon and endometrial cancers, as well as non-Hodgkin lymphoma. This risk is more than twice for cancers of the liver and pancreas.
Gong says that the results of their studies indicate that diabetes is a risk factor for cancer and cancer-associated death. It also show that Metformin therapy may have a more significant role in managing diabetes-associated cancers than other anti-diabetes treatments.
Sunday, April 10, 2016
1. Eat healthy food, with plenty of vegetables and avoid junk foods like Pizza and hamburgers.
2. Make sure that you exercise 5 days a week for 30 minutes at a time or in divided increments.
3. Maintain a normal body weight and waist circumference of less than 35 inches for women, and less than 40 inches for men.
4. Maintain a blood pressure of 120/80 or lower.
5. Limit alcohol intake to one drink daily.
6. Have a healthy sleep habits. Healthy adults need between 7.5 to 9 hours of sleep per night.
7. Take less salt. Too much salt can cause high blood pressure, which increases the risk of developing coronary heart disease. For optimal healthy heart, the American Heart Association recommends people to eat no more than 1,500 milligrams of sodium per day.
8. Monitor your cholesterol levels. High levels of cholesterol in the blood that is produced by the liver from saturated fats can lead to fatty deposits in your coronary arteries that increase your risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, and diseases that affect the circulation. You can help lower your cholesterol level by exercising and eating high-fibre foods such as porridge, beans, pulses, lentils, nuts, fruits and vegetables.
Tightness or discomfort in the chest, neck, arm or stomach which comes on when you exert yourself but goes away with rest may be the first sign of angina, which can lead to a heart attack if left untreated.
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