You Don't Take Your Medicine? I Can't Believe It!

by Sheldon S. Zinberg, M.D.

Come on, guys. Why the heck do some of us go to the doctor and get a prescription if you’re not going to take it? What’s the matter with some of us? Anyway, that’s what a lot of people are thinking about us older folks because of a recent study in the American Journal of Medicine. This study was made available online July 14, 2012, and it suggested that about half of us (even with heart disease) don’t take our medications or get them refilled. What in the world are those folks thinking? This is really serious!  It’s estimated that this accounts for almost 130,000 deaths each year. Not taking our medications can have catastrophic results; not to mention the fact that much of the health care costs are spent taking care of us during these catastrophes…especially during the last 48 hours of our lives.

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