Study: Military service members with PTSD may be at risk of developing diabetes
NEW YORK Military service members that experience post-traumatic stress disorder are at risk of developing diabetes, according to a study published in the May 18 edition of Diabetes Care.
PTSD is an anxiety disorder that may develop in those exposed to frightening events. People that suffer from PTSD may experience such issues as exhibiting violent behavior, insomnia or lack of emotion.
In the journal Diabetes Care, lead author Edward Boyko and colleagues examined more than 44,754 service members who did not have diabetes when they initially were enrolled in the Dept. of Defense’s Millennium Cohort Study. Three years later, 376 study participants, reported they had been newly diagnosed with diabetes. The researchers factored out age, gender, body weight, race, and other variables that might increase the risk of diabetes (as well as military service characteristics and other mental health conditions), only PTSD symptoms remained associated with an increased risk of diabetes. The risk of diabetes was more than twofold higher in the presence of PTSD symptoms.
The findings, however, don’t explain why there may be a link between PTSD and diabetes, the researchers said. Boyko and colleagues also noted that their study had several limitations, including self-reported conditions by the participants, rather than medically confirmed ones.
FDA to provide consumer health information through Drugs.com
SILVER SPRING, Md. The Food and Drug Administration is teaming up with an online drug information Web site to distribute its consumer health information, the agency said Wednesday.
The FDA announced a collaboration with Drugs.com that will allow the FDA to provide Consumer Update articles, videos and slideshows through the site while also providing access to FDA information on the site’s mobile phone platform.
“The FDA’s partnership with Drugs.com means that reliable, useful and timely health information will be available to an even wider audience,” FDA associate commissioner for external affairs Beth Martino said. “Partnerships like this are an important part of the FDA’s effort to ensure the public has easy access to reliable, useful information that can help people protect and improve their health.”
CVS/pharmacy’s Pack Your Bag program heads to New Hampshire
MANCHESTER, N.H. CVS/pharmacy and the National Council on Aging are bringing the Pack Your Bag medication consultation program to pharmacy patients in Manchester, N.H., which includes a presentation by a pharmacist on improving health through medication compliance and advice on how to save money on medications.
The program, held May 26, encourages seniors to pack a bag with their medications, including prescription drugs, OTC medications and dietary supplements for a review in one-on-one consultations with a local CVS pharmacist. This event is just one of hundreds of similar Pack Your Bag events that are taking place across the country.
According to CVS, 8-out-of-10 Americans have at least one chronic health problem, such as high blood pressure or diabetes. Fifty percent of seniors take an average of eight or more prescriptions regularly. With increased use of medications, both prescription and OTC treatments, comes increased risk of adverse drug interactions and increased costs.
In the more than 5,000 Pack Your Bag consultations since the program’s inception two years ago, CVS pharmacies have found:
- 7% of seniors were taking expired medications
- 15% were not taking medications as prescribed
- 10% were at risk for potential drug interactions
- 16% had the opportunity to switch to money-saving generics.
“We recognize that many seniors in New Hampshire are struggling to make ends meet and to pay for necessary health care,” stated Nicole Harrington, pharmacy supervisor for CVS/pharmacy. “By speaking with a pharmacist about their entire medication regimen, seniors can identify cost-saving alternatives as well as any potential drug interactions.”