National Diabetes Month is November- Get Tested and Get Treated

November is Diabetes Awareness Month

This November, the American Diabetes Foundation is asking you to remember that it's national diabetes awareness month.  This nonprofit organization is asking you to get tested for diabetes with the Big Blue Test.

Diabetes has become an epidemic in America.  As obesity rates climb across the nation, our foods continue to receive injections of hormones and sugar boosts, type 2 diabetes is becoming a common occurrence.

According to the American Diabetes Foundation:

  • Nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes.
  • Another 79 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
  • The American Diabetes Association estimates that the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is $174 billion.

  • The aim of diabetes awareness month is to monitor, prevent, and treat diabetes.  Unfortunately, diabetes has become quite risky ovet the years with increased attention to defective and recalled products.

    Diabetes Treatment Can Be Risky- a Popular Diabetes Drug Has Been Linked to Cancer

    If you suffer from diabetes, the treatment may be worse than the condition itself.  Recently, the FDA recalled Actos, a diabetes medication that has been linked to bladder cancer.  In its health notification, the FDA warned taking Actos for a year or longer can increase a patient's risk of bladder cancer by as much as 40%.  Multiple studies have actually found this reported risk to be quite low.

    The newest study, published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute was contributed by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania.  These researchers found that patients taking TZD (thiazolidinedione drugs) such as Actos were two to three times more likely to develop bladder cancer than patients who took sulfonylurea drugs.  This is especially disturbing since TZD's are prescribed to 20% of diabetes patients today. 

    Don't Suffer Diabetes- Get Tested

    Don't suffer diabetes when you can get tested and prevent diabetes with healthy life choices.  If you already have diabetes and have been diagnosed with bladder cancer as the result of your treatment, you may want to consult a skilled product liability attorney to determine how best to help you.