May 27, 2013

How Much Is Doctor in the Window

1 Overweight Are More Likely to Switch Doctors

Overweight patients switch doctors more often than normal-weight patients, find researchers. Published in Obesity, the new research reveals that obese patients found new doctors at a rate 52 percent higher than for patients with a normal weight. Researchers also found that overweight patients practiced doctor shopping 23 percent more than normal-weight patients. NPR reports that switching doctors more than five times in the course of two years is what's known as "doctor shopping," and that may translate into less preventive care. Not only is it a challenge to have continuity of care when doctor shopping takes place, but those who don't have a stable primary care provider are more likely to end up in the ER for treatment of non-emergency conditions.

More at NPR | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Kid with Married Parents Less Likely Obese

Tags: Journal Obesity, Obese Patients, Doctor Shopping, Overweight Patients Switch Doctors

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Pravastatin Preferred

2 Statins Raise Diabetes Risk

Patients treated with statin drugs atorvastatin, rosuvastatin or simvastatin may have an increased risk of new onset diabetes compared to patients treated with pravastatin. BBC reports that powerful statins can increase diabetes risk by 22 percent compared with weaker drugs. Specifically, the cholesterol-lowering drug atorvastatin was linked with an extra case of diabetes for every 160 patients using the drug. The study involved 1.5 million people, and results were published in British Medical Journal. Despite the study findings, experts still believe that the benefits of statins continue to outweigh the risks.

More at BBC | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Fish Oil May Help Fight Type 2 Diabetes

Tags: Atorvastatin, BMJ, British Medical Journal, Diabetes Risk, Pravastatin, Preventing Diabetes, Rosuvastatin, Simvastatin, Statin Side Effects, Dangers Statins

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