The FDA is currently testing samples of the diabetes drug metformin for the carcinogen—N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). There was a recall of heartburn and blood pressure medications in the last two years contaminated with this same substance.
Metformin is generally the first medication prescribed for people with type 2 diabetes, and the fourth most prescribed drug in the U.S. More than 30 million people in the U.S. have diabetes, and 90 to 95% are type 2.
As we investigate a possible carcinogenic contaminate for a drug used to manage diabetes—I think it’s also important to create awareness of known human carcinogens that many of us may consume or are exposed to often, either knowingly or unknowingly. Here are a few that may sound familiar to you and if they are not, for your enlightenment then.
List of known human carcinogens:
Probable human carcinogens:
Additionally, most of us know that obesity and overweight are related to chronic disease including diabetes and cancer. But “knowing” does not always correlate with making change, yet awareness may move the needle in a positive direction.
What we know is that:
It’s unfortunate that some grow up in environments that do not promote health. And we know that healthy habits created in our youth are much easier to carry into adulthood than trying to break less healthy habits as adults. To make healthy changes, we must start with something that we are willing to do to build upon. Here is a list of suggestions.
We can reduce our cancer risk by taking healthy steps toward a healthier tomorrow. Find what motivates you and tie it to something you value. There are strong reasons to help cultivate health, but they have to be strong meaningful reasons to you. Find your why.
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