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Many Diabetics skip Medicines

As much as 21 percent of people with diabetes do not regularly take their blood sugar lowering, blood pressure lowering or cholesterol lowering pills, according to a study involving 11, 532 diabetes patients.
The study, published in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine, found that those who failed to take their medications had higher blood pressure, higher levels of LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol), and higher blood sugar levels.
More importantly, the study reported that those who omitted taking medications had a 58-percent higher risk of being hospitalized and an 81-percent higher risk of dying than those who religiously took their medications as prescribed.
Meanwhile, study investigators report that medication adherencewas associated with improved outcomes. In a Reuters Health e-mail interview, researchers note that the lower risk of being hospitalized or dying among those who take their medications as prescribed is likely due to the benefit of the medications, as well as the fact that those who take medications regularly are likely to practice other healthy behaviors that lead to the lower risk.
The study highlights the importance of taking medications as directed for diabetic patients. Patients are also advised to incorporate taking medications in their daily routine and to talk to their physician if they have trouble taking their medicines on a regular basis to properly address the problem.

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