Patient discussion about health risk
Q. What are the risks of taking Viagra? Are there any risks in taking Viagra in the long term?
A. The US Food and Drug Administration identified 50 men with blindness who have taken Viagra, but who also had diabetes and heart disease, which is known to cause blindness. Therefore, it is not certain if it was caused directly from the Viagra.
The FDA informed healthcare professionals in October, 2007 that drugs used to treat erectile dysfunction, including Viagra, may increase risk of sudden hearing loss.
Q. What is the risk of biabetes if my father got it? My father was recently diagnosed at the age of 55 as having Type 2 Diabetes. Do I have a greater risk of developing diabetes also?
A. Indeed, as a first degree relative of a diabetic patient you have a higher risk of developing diabetes than the average person. The risk of developing diabetes depends on many factors, both genetic and non-genetic (nutrition, weight and exercise). The risk also depends on other relevant conditions you may have (for example hypertension, elevated blood cholesterol or lipid levels).
It should be mentioned, that even for an individual whose parents both have type 2 diabetes, the risk of developing type 2 diabetes isn’t 100% but rather less than 50%.
Q. Regarding risk-factor assessment? Hello, I am……….., I heard ACSM has recently issued a new edition of its exercise guidelines. Were any changes made regarding risk-factor assessment?
A. Are you fitness professional? I understand that you are very much interested in food guidelines. It can be difficult to keep up with the latest guidelines and standards. This is particularly true this year, which has seen new USDA Food Guidelines in January, a revised Food Pyramid in May and, most recently, the release of the 7th edition of ACSM’s Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription. The good news is that the ACSM risk factors have been minimally revised. For your reference, here is a summary of what has and has not changed for the 2006 edition.More discussions about health risk