Statin Use Increases Diabetes 44%, Study Shows

This is a very interesting paper published in nutritional metabolism and cardiovascular disease in March of 2017. In a meta-analysis investigators looked at 20 studies which included a thousand subjects and found that people who were using statins had a 44% increased risk of developing diabetes compared to those who are not ​using ​​the d​rug. Similar results ​have​ also been published from other shorter-term studies. ​

Developing diabetes from statin medications increases the longer the medication is used​,​ and with higher doses. I have spoken extensively to patients on the use of statin medications to manage cholesterol. I w​ill not ​even get into the whole issue of ​who ​should ​taking this drug to begin with. Many experts feel it is over prescribed. None-the-less this just adds to the argument that many people​,​ if not most people​,​ should not be using this very dangerous drug.

Lifestyle modification and healthy eating is clearly the way to go when it comes to managing cholesterol. Eliminating sugar and reducing carbohydrate consumption and adding healthy fats into the diet is your best insurance for protecting your heart. It’s ironic that we’re trying to protect people from heart disease and ​as a result of statin use they’re developing diabetes​,​ which opens the door to not only heart disease​,​ but many other complications.

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Source: Nutr Metab Cardiovasc Dis. Published online March 10, 2017. doi:10.1016/j.numecd.2017.03.001.

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American College of Physicians Issues Guideline For Treating Non-radicular Low Back Pain

Finally some common sense! The American College of physicians have published a new low back pain treatment guideline that includes acupuncture and spinal manipulation (among other therapies) to help patients with low back pain. In addition, they frown upon using narcotic type medications for this condition.

The article goes on to say:

“Low back pain is one of the most common reasons for all physician visits in the U.S. Most Americans have experienced low back pain. Approximately one quarter of U.S. adults reported having low back pain lasting at least one day in the past three months. Pain is categorized as acute (lasting less than four weeks), subacute (lasting four to 12 weeks, and chronic (lasting more than 12 weeks).” For the entire article please click here.

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Study: NSAIDs Provide Little Benefit in Treating Back Pain

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are relatively ineffective for treating back pain, a new study suggests.

‘Researchers from the George Institute for Global Health, in Australia, analyzed data from 35 randomized, placebo-controlled trials to determine the efficacy and safety of NSAIDs for spinal pain. The trials included more than 6,000 patients, and researchers found that only one in six patients treated with NSAIDs experienced significant pain reduction.

“Back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide and is commonly managed by prescribing medicines such as anti-inflammatories. But our results show anti-inflammatory drugs actually only provide very limited short-term pain relief,” Manuela Ferreira, PhD, lead researcher and senior research fellow at the George Institute and the Institute of Bone and Joint Research, said in a press release. “They do reduce the level of pain, but only very slightly, and arguably not of any clinical significance.”

This study builds on previous work conducted by the George Institute exploring the effectiveness of existing medicines for treating back pain. Prior research has suggested that acetaminophen provides little benefit over placebo for patients with low back pain (Lancet 2014;384:1586-1596).

The researchers also found that patients taking NSAIDs were 2.5 times more likely to have gastrointestinal problems such as stomach ulcers and bleeding. These side effects of NSAIDs reinforce the need to find better pain relief alternatives, according to the researchers.

“Millions of Australians are taking drugs that not only don’t work well, they’re causing harm,” Gustavo Machado, study author and research fellow at the institution, said in a press release. “We need treatments that actually provide substantial relief of these people’s symptoms.”

The findings were published in Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases on Feb. 2 (Epub ahead of print).’

Comment from Dr. Denny: It is unfortunate that so many people suffer from chronic back pain, while so many safe effective treatments such as acupuncture and laser therapy offer great relief for many patients with back pain. GI upset and potential bleeding is a common reason for patients to present to local emergency rooms.

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Vitamin C May Help Prevent Atrial Fibrillation in High Risk Patients According to a New Study

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is an increasingly common cardiac rhythm disturbance that can lead to stroke and congestive heart failure. It can be facilitated by inflammation and oxidative stress, and approximately 30% of patients undergoing cardiac procedures suffer from post-operative AF.

According to a study published two days ago in BMC Cardiovascular Disorders, researchers in Finland conducted a systematic review of vitamin C for preventing AF in high risk patients. They analyzed 14 randomized control trials consisting of 2006 patients who had cardiac surgery, along with one study involving 44 patients where the recurrence of AF after a successful cardioversion was investigated.

Interestingly, the five studies in the US found no effect of vitamin C against post-operative AF. On the other hand, the nine studies performed outside of the US found a mean reduction of 44%, while a study in Greece found that vitamin C decreased the risk of AF recurrence by 87%. In addition, in the non-US studies, vitamin C reduced hospital stay length by 12.6% and intensive care unit stay by 8%.

It is important to note that some of the surgery patients in the non-US studies were administered oral vitamin C, whereas some were given intravenous vitamin C.

As a result, oral vitamin C at 1-2 grams per day decreased post-operative AF by 73% and shortened the length of hospital stay by only 7%. Intravenous vitamin C only decreased AF by 36% but shortened the length of hospital stay by 16%. In conclusion, intravenous vitamin C administration had a greater effect on reducing the hospital stay but was less effective for reducing the occurrence of post-operative AF.

Here is a link to entire paper:

http://bmccardiovascdisord.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12872-017-0478-5

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Original Post by Dr. Michael Jurgelewicz, DC, DACBN, DCBCN, CNS

Acupuncture Can Aid Care for Chronic Pain and Depression | Psych Central News

Acupuncture has been used for centuries to treat chronic pain conditions. It has also been used to treat anxiety and depression with great success. It is not surprising that acupuncture shines in clinical trials as an additional tool to help patients with pain and depression. For more information about acupuncture and integrative pain management, please contact the acupuncture and integrative medicine practice of Dr. Scott Denny with practice locations in Davie, Pompano Beach and Boca Raton, Florida. Please also visit www.dennyhealth.com to complete your complimentary health analysis and receive a copy of Dr. Denny’s free eBook.

Acupuncture Can Aid Care for Chronic Pain and Depression | Psych Central News

Does Acupuncture Meet Patient Expectations and Quality Outcomes?

Does Acupuncture Meet Patient Expectations and Quality Outcomes?

In a recent report by American Specialty Health (ASH), who performed a two-year retroactive study of a whopping 89,000 patients, found: the following:

– Success in Treating Conditions: 93 percent of those responding said their provider was successful in treating their primary conditions.

– Quality Care and Service: 99 percent rated their quality of care and service as good to excellent.

– Safety: Roughly 98 percent agreed or strongly agreed that the acupuncturists and his/her staff took care “ensured safety.”

– Adverse events: ASH reported a total of 13 events per 89,769 patients, or” 0.014 percent of members reported an adverse event.” Examples are: burning (2), transient pain after (4), retained needles (2), skin infection (1), breathing issues related to moxa (1), nausea, though unrelated to needle insertion (1).

This is really a very impressive study. The vast majority of patients are getting the relief they are looking for, with little or no side effects. The biggest barrier to care is the fear of needles, and as one can read, they have very little to fear and acupuncture has great upside potential.

For more information about acupuncture and integrative pain management, please contact the acupuncture and integrative medicine practice of Dr. Scott Denny with practice locations in Davie, Pompano Beach and Boca Raton, Florida. Please also visit www.dennyhealth.com to complete your complimentary health analysis and receive a copy of Dr. Denny’s free eBook.

Here is a link to the report: http://files.clickdimensions.com/ashcompaniescom-a7oce/files/acupuncturecahps.pdf

How Fasting Affects Your Physiology and Hormones

How does fasting affect your body? Is it a dangerous thing
to do? Don’t I need to eat five meals a day?
Or, perhaps there are many health benefits from fasting.

This article authored by Dr. Jason Fung, MD, a leading
expert on diabetes and fasting explains the benefits of fasting. If you are
already following a ketogenic diet, you know that it is not unusual to wake in
the morning WITHOUT hunger, and simply having a cup of coffee will hold you
over until lunch time.  So if your last
meal for the day is 8:00 PM, and your first meal the following day is 12:00 PM,
you have already fasted for 16 hours. It really can be this simple.

If you are like the average American, who has a breakfast of
cereal (carbs and sugar), maybe a piece of toast as well (carbs), or perhaps a
muffin (carbs and sugar), and a glass of juice (more carbs and sugar), you will
become hypoglycemic in a few hours and will need more carbs and sugar. It’s
called the insulin roller coaster ride. By the way, in case you didn’t know
elevated insulin triggers fat storage especially when you have a never ending
stream of carbs and sugar in the diet.  

Is it any wonder why everyone is overweight and either pre-diabetic
or diabetic? Since we have been on the low fat diet, the nation is sicker than
ever. I have insulin dependent diabetic patients who are told to make sure they
eat plenty of carbs to keep their blood sugar up. What kind of sick world are
we living in? We want these patients to continue to eat the very foods which
have made them ill to begin with.

Maybe it’s time to look more closely at dietary
recommendations before everyone is diabetic?

For more information about healthy eating and lifestyle
choices
please contact the acupuncture and integrative medicine practice of Dr.
Scott Denny with practice locations in Davie, Pompano Beach and Boca Raton,
Florida. Please also visit www.drscottdenny.com to complete your complimentary
health analysis
and receive a copy of Dr. Denny’s free eBook.

Click here to see Dr. Fung’s entire article