When Loved Ones Become Your Pushers

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Many people dread the holiday season because it can be a lonely time if you’re isolated from family and friends, or you are mourning the loss of a loved one, flooded with the memories of better times you no longer have. But for many others who have plenty of people around them, the holiday gatherings still can be a source of stress and anxiety, for reasons you might not expect.

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“My Doctor Says I have Prediabetes”

Maybe this has been said to you yourself, or to your mother at a recent appointment.

It’s a simple name. We have heard of people with “diabetes” who need to eat sugar free foods and sometimes take insulin. Occasionally their blood sugar goes real low and you need to give them juice to revive them, like Julia Roberts in Steel Magnolias.

So prediabetes must be on your way to getting it? ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

Don’t worry, I’m not going to go all WebMD on you.

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Red Flag Statin Warnings

The Dark Side of Statins

In my nearly two decades working in the pharmacy, it seemed like most of the adults and elderly were taking some form of statin drug. I remember once after I had bloodwork done, a year after I had gotten myself healthy, the nurse said that my cholesterol was high and the doctor wanted to put me on a statin.

I hit the roof, basically chewed her out over the phone, that it would even be suggested for a healthy, symptom-free woman in her 40s, since it was well known even then, that the risks outweighed the benefits. I apologized for my outburst, had her make note of my refusal and why, and had my labs sent over. Yep, my total number was the same 222, but my ratios had dramatically improved to excellent and my triglycerides were fantastic.

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