Diabetes and Blood Thinner Drugs Are Responsible for the Majority of Hospital Visits – Enter Resveratrol

A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine shed light on what drugs are responsible for the majority of visits by senior citizens to emergency rooms. Surprisingly, widely used diabetes medications and blood thinners are the primary culprits – not the perceived ‘high risk’ medications such as painkillers. 
Specifically, the study revealed that an astounding one third of senior hospital visits are related to the blood thinning medication warfarin (for its part, warfarin use must be monitored very closely as it can otherwise lead to dangerous bleeding. According to the study, bleeding due to warfarin costs the health system “probably hundreds of millions of dollars annually).
 
Further, injectable insulin (mainly for type one diabetics), diabetes pills (mainly for type two diabetics), and aspirin were responsible for another third of hospital visits.
Moreover, left unchecked, these hospitalizations are expected to grow as people live longer and take an ever increasing number of medications. (As of right now, 40 percent of people 65 and older take 5 to 9 medications, while 18 percent take 10 or more!).
 
The good news is, because we have identified these drivers for our ever increasing higher health costs, we can now address them. Specifically, not only can we better educate the public about how to safely take and monitor these potentially dangerous drugs, but we can look for alternatives ways to treat people.
For its part, the natural compound resveratrol might (at the least) be a partial answer to these hospitalizations (and their accompanying costs – both in human and monetary terms).   
 
Specifically resveratrol has been shown to:
·        1) increase insulin sensitivity in people with type two diabetes and pre-diabetes; and,
·         2) prevent blood platelet aggregation (acting as a blood thinner, thereby helping to prevent strokes and heart attacks).
 
What makes resveratrol different than many of the above mentioned pharmaceutical drugs is that it is a natural substance with little known negative side effects. So, theoretically, one multi-tasking pill (Resveratrol) (not 5 to 10 pills!) could be given to seniors to help them control their blood sugar and prevent heart attacks and strokes – without the negative side effects and resulting hospital visits.
 
In this way resveratrol can help to control exploding health care costs plaguing the United States, and increasingly the world.  

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