Weight loss surgery isn’t just for looks. It can treat a whole host of medical conditions, including diabetes and high blood pressure. If you are overweight—80 pounds or more for women, 100 pounds or more for men, you may qualify for weight loss surgery. You may also be a candidate if you struggle with diabetes, … Continue reading Everything To Gain With Weight Loss Surgery
A recent study titled “The Obesity Paradox in Men Versus Women With Systolic Heart Failure” published in the American Journal of Cardiology had some very interesting results. The authors from UCLA looked at patients over a couple of decades that were treated with significant advanced congestive heart failure and calculated their body mass index or … Continue reading Could Obesity Protect You From Congestive Heart Failure?
A study published in September 2011 found that there had been a significant increase in strokes among women who were pregnant and in the immediate post-pregnancy period. Overall rates of stroke have jumped 54 percent from 1994-2007 according to the study published in Stroke by the American Heart Association. Stroke rates saw their highest increase by 83 percent in women … Continue reading Do Pregnant Women Have an Increased Risk of Stroke?
As a cardiologist, I often get many questions related to “statin” medications. These are the medications primarily used in treating high-cholesterol disorders. There are a number of medications now available under brand names of Lipitor, Zocor, and Crestor, just to name a few. For medications that have been tested in tens of thousands of patients, these … Continue reading Are statins safe treatment for high cholesterol?
By now, most of us are familiar with the rowdy, family-oriented and simply entertaining Robertson family featured in A&E’s reality television show, Duck Dynasty. The show provides glimpses into a successful and close-knit family business built on long beards and famous duck calls and is downright fun to watch. Episodes are filled with the exciting adventures of … Continue reading Diabetes and Duck Dynasty
I’m not normally one to fall prey to seasonal viruses. I do what most of us do to stay healthy — workout regularly, try and eat a balanced diet and throw a vitamin C tablet into a water bottle anytime I’m around someone sick. Moral of the story? No one is invincible. Last week I … Continue reading 3 tips for surviving the stomach virus
One of the biggest frustrations doctors face is patients who don’t follow their treatment plan. Why is it that we so often fail to do “exactly as the doctor orders?” (I know I’m guilty of it…) In a recent radio interview, KRLD medical expert Dr. David Winter, M.D., Chief Clinical Officer and Chairman of the Board of … Continue reading Do You Stick to the Treatment Plan?
“We know that if the patient had a situation of cancer, the patient would be all ears. We could say, ‘Do this and do that,’ and the patient would say, ‘Sure. I’ll start today.’ But with diabetes we usually hear excuses of why they can’t exercise or why they can’t lose weight,” says J. Marshall … Continue reading Type II Diabetes and behavior modification
“Doctor, I didn’t notice I had bleeding coming from that toe. I can’t really get down to my feet, because I’m getting older, my belly’s big, and my back hurts. I can’t get down there and trim my toenails as well as I should. And I don’t have good feeling in my feet.” Poor Mr. … Continue reading Signs and Symptoms of Diabetic Foot Ulcers
If you are suffering from diabetes or poor circulation, you may have a wound that just won’t heal. The longer it takes for that wound to heal, the more at risk you are for developing infections, tissue injury or even limb loss. Scott & White now offers something called Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) at the … Continue reading New Hyperbaric Medicine Center could help heal wounds caused by diabetes and other illnesses