NCI Well Connect Mid-Week Brief
May 13, 2015
Dear Steve, 

DID YOU KNOW that a new study in Evidence-Based Nursing shows that email reminders are extremely helpful for cardiovascular disease prevention? At the end of 6-months of follow-up email reminders in a group of patients, the prevalence of obesity, low fruit consumption, low physical activity, uncontrolled hypertension, high-low-density lipoprotein and total cholesterol decreased significantly more than in patients receiving no email reminders.

Although you may not realize it, every time you open and read our eNewsletter, you are helping yourself stay well!

RECAP: If you missed Monday's piece, Who's Most Qualified to Keep You Healthy, go tothis link.
Statins Increase Diabetes Risk Exponentially
Steve and Bonnie: We have never liked statin medication. While we have been in the minority for a long time, the tide is is turning in our favor. As it happens with so many medications (i.e. hormone replacement therapy), it can take decades for the truth to finally come out. The Journal of General Internal Medicineis the latest to fire a shot across the bow.


In an April study of nearly 26,000 beneficiaries of Tricare, the military health system, those taking statin drugs to control their cholesterol were 87 percent more likely to develop diabetes. The research confirms past findings on the diabetes risk link. But it is the first to show the connection in a healthy group of people. The study included only people who were free of heart disease, diabetes, and other severe chronic disease.


Not convinced? A study from last month's Annals of Internal Medicine found net harm to persons over the age of 75 taking statins because of the link to cognitive impairment. The researchers state that even mild cognitive impairment outweighs potential cardiovascular benefits.


If statins were a dietary supplement, or any other drug for that matter, would it still be on the market? Statins still exist because so many physicians, physician groups, government bodies, and of course Big Pharma, have their reputations and billions on the line.


Even so, statins are on borrowed time. They will soon be replaced with another lipid-lowering blockbuster, PCSK9-inhibitors. Once they are ramrodded through the regulatory process, statins will be shunned and quietly put out to pasture.


On the flip-side, fish oil will outlast the doubters. We reported in Monday's eNewsletter 

about the importance of having a balanced omega-3 to omega-6 ratio. Now, a new study from Public Health Nutrition found...


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Tick Tips
Steve: If you live in an area where ticks are prevalent, make sure:
  1. Whenever outdoors, make it point to check yourself, your kids, and your pets before you go back in the house. Especially in pets, ticks love to embed themselves in hard to detect places. So be especially vigilant about checking every inch of your pet.
  2. If you find a tick, don't freak out. If you find it immediately, it most likely will not even have latched on. If latched on, but detected within 24 hours, there is no Lyme risk. Or, even if it detected after 24 hours, as long as the tick is not engorged (with blood) and is still flat, the chances of transmitting Lyme bacteria is extremely low.
  3. When a tick has latched onto the skin, get a tweezers and gently pull it out as see above. Then, drop it in some rubbing alcohol until dead, and flush down the toilet.
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