30 Rock actor Alec Baldwin has shed 30 pounds after being diagnosed with pre-diabetes last year. He says he radically changed his lifestyle by eating healthier and getting more active with Pilates, spinning and yoga. “Sugar was the real killer for me,” the 53-year-old told STV.
Pre-diabetes is a condition in which a person has some but not all the criteria to be deemed diabetic, but leaving him susceptible to developing type 2 diabetes. The first line of treatment for type 2 diabetes is diet and exercise, however many patients eventually have to resort to insulin or blood sugar-lowering medications. Making lifestyle changes before a diabetes diagnosis is made is ideal for staying healthy.
For patients who aren’t as lucky as Baldwin, such as celebrity chef Paula Deen, who recently announced she was diagnosed with the disease three years ago, medication is often required. But close monitoring of those on diabetes drugs is recommended.
Last year, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it was severely restricting the type 2 diabetes drug Avandia after studies showed it was linked to deadly heart attacks. A few months later, the agency issued a warning that studies were showing a link between the type 2 diabetes drug Actos and bladder cancer. Long-term use put users at even greater risk.
Neither drug has been removed from the market and is still available by prescription. Diabetics who have to use medication to manage their blood sugar levels are encouraged to follow up with their doctors if they have any questions.
Beasley Allen Law Firm is also investigating cases of patients who have used Actos and developed bladder cancer.
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