Prescription medication make up 10% of the country’s spending in terms of health care in the US, but this percentage is seen to rise, as most drug prices continue to increase. This is especially true for newly developed drugs that treat very serious conditions like...
If you ever disregarded health talk it is time to listen and learn how to stop the negative impact these things have on your health....
Researchers observed 2,235 adults living with Type 2 diabetes, which is generally associated with being overweight, who received stomach-reducing surgery. What these researchers discovered was that after only 6 months, almost 75% of those who received surgery were no longer taking their diabetic medications. Furthermore,...
Prescription medication make up 10% of the country’s spending in terms of health care in the US, but this percentage is seen to rise, as most drug prices continue to increase. This is especially true for newly developed drugs that treat very serious conditions like cancer and hepatitis C.
In most cases, taxpayers and insured patients who do not really make the use of their health insurance bear the brunt of these expenses. On the other hand, a huge part of the population of people also suffers from because of this problem, as the cost of drugs hinders them from buying and taking their prescription.
Whether you’re a healthy individual who does not need maintenance medication, or suffering from a condition and having a hard time filling out your prescription, you may be wondering: what is being done about all of this?
In Canada for example, they have a system that allows for the evaluation of prices of drugs, both existing ones and those that just come into the market. For new drugs, a group reviews them first and looks at the price – if they see it as too excessive, given the value it provides to consumers, the group negotiates with the pharmaceutical company. This is what keeps their prices lower in their country in comparison to the United States.
While you can purchase drugs in Canada occasionally, there is no such thing as free trade between both countries – so no pharmacy in the country can buy in bulk in Canada and ship it to the US and sell the medication for a lower price. Some European countries also regulate the price or the profits that pharmaceutical companies make from certain drugs, ensuring stability in prices.
That said, some consumers cross the border or order online from Canada and other countries because their medication – while the same as we have – is cheaper. Unfortunately, this practice lies in the gray area in terms of legalities
While the FDA does a good job of reviewing drugs that come out in the market, they still do not have this mechanism to control and place value on them, hence the drugs still come out in the market at a much higher price than in other countries that enforce evaluation and control. On top of that, it’s also important for them to demand transparency in the costing and distribution of drugs. It’s only with transparency and disclosure are we able to rally for cheaper medication to be made available for people in the country.
If you ever disregarded health talk on the dangers of things like tanning, junk food, and other luxuries it is time to listen and learn how to stop the negative impact these things have on your health.
Tanning – Every summer you go outside and frolic in the water, spend time at the beach, and forget to bring your sunscreen. Some people may even invest in a few visits to a tanning salon. Besides skin cancer, exposure to light rays from both the sun and tanning beds or lamps can cause skin aging. If you already have skin damage it is recommended you see a dermatologist. You should always use sunscreen over 30 SPF. Try to avoid too much sun exposure at peak time: 10 A.M. to 4 P.M.
Poor dental hygiene – Not brushing and flossing leads to gum disease, cavities, inflammation, gum recession, and eventually tooth loss. Ignoring the bacteria in your mouth will let them spread and cause problems. Even if it seems it is too late you can still stop further damage. First of all, get a new toothbrush (any old toothbrush is probably filled with bacteria, or the bristles may be damaged, so start fresh). Brush after breakfast, and after dinner. Make an appointment with the dentist as only a professional will be able to remove the tartar buildup that brushing and flossing will not remove.
Junk food – Everyone loves a treat once in a while, but when it becomes a daily splurge it is dangerous to your health. First, look at the body mass index and see if you are at a healthy weight. Next, check your blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Make a list of your usual snacks, and then a list of the healthy alternatives. For example, rather than a bag of chips has an apple and cheese slices. Try to add more physical activity into your daily routine.
Unprotected sex – Having multiple sexual partners and not using protection puts you and your partner at many risks. HIV and other STI’s are just a few of the risks of unprotected sex. It is recommended adults get tested for HIV once in their lives. There are free tests available at clinics and community organizations. A blood test is also recommended to check for Hepatitis B, and genital rash or sores.
Heavy drinking – Risky drinking is more than four drinks a day for men, three a day for women. Having more than recommended even just 12 times a year can significantly increase your risk of alcohol disorders, alcohol abuse, and alcohol dependence. Thankfully, if you drink excessively in your twenties you are at less of a risk of any alcohol disorders. If you used alcohol when you were stressed you may find yoga helpful rather than relying on alcohol. Stay attentive: know how much you are drinking and why.
Diabetes is a fairly common disease that millions of people in the United States are living with each and every day. While diabetes is manageable, the cost of medications to do so can often become difficult to afford. However, results from researchers at Johns Hopkins University may be very promising to certain people suffering from diabetes.
Researchers observed 2,235 adults living with Type 2 diabetes, which is generally associated with being overweight, who received stomach-reducing surgery. What these researchers discovered was that after only 6 months, almost 75% of those who received surgery were no longer taking their diabetic medications. Furthermore, 2 years following the surgery, 84.5% of those who received surgery were now free of their diabetes medication or in many cases, multiple medications.
Not only were many of these patients able to experience a significant decline in their weight after the surgery, they were also able to experience a significant decline in their healthcare costs. With the price of medications in the United States being as high as they are, reducing or eliminating the dependence of medications can make such a difference in a person’s life.
However, researchers made another interesting discovery while observing these patients. While they found that stomach-reducing surgery allowed patients to stop taking their diabetic medications, they found that this became possible even before patients began to experience weight loss from the surgery. This could support theories that suggest that surgery actually alters the stomach hormones, allowing them to control blood glucose levels more effectively.
While there are certain risks associated with this surgery, for diabetics, the benefits may heavily outweigh the risks. In the end a person should discuss the options with their doctor, family, then weigh their options and decide what will be best for themselves.