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Dr. Mike: Takes Patients Off Avandia

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A Food and Drug Advisory panel has decided to keep the diabetes drug Avandia on the market.

But Dr. Mike has decided to take some of his patients off the medication. He told Sheinelle he saw two patients Thursday and took them off Avandia. "I cannot as a physician use this medication. It's my personal, professional opinion based on my analysis of the information. There's not a unique value to the drug that you can't get with something called Actos which is a very similar drug."

Dr. Mike also talked about a new drug for weight loss but it's not approved for public use yet. Dr. Mike explained "you can debate things until the cows come home. You look at studies, one study says this, another says that, the problem is you can do that all you want but the bottom line is do you feel safe and do you have the relationship with a health care provider that can guide you through this." Dr. Mike is not a fan of weight loss pills. He encourages his patients to eat well and exercise.

And a lot of people are vitamin D deficient. Dr. Mike said about 98% of his patients have the deficiency. A recent study found people who are vitamin D deficient have a 60% increased risk of significant cognitive problems. Dr. Mike encouraged viewers to ask their doctor for a vitamin D test.

 

 

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