Diabetes is becoming a more common term because, unfortunately, it is projected that around 8.3 percent of the entire U.S. population has diabetes. Of the 8.3 percent, nearly seven million are unaware. So how can we change that? We can start with education. We sat down with Folashade Lester, M.D., a family medicine physician on the … Continue reading Diabetes Education for North Texans
Do you have brothers or sisters? If so, you know all about sibling rivalry. At some point along the way, you probably realized that the oldest usually finds a way to come out on top. While being the first-born may have its perks, when it comes to your health, it also may have some big … Continue reading More to Sibling Rivalry: Greater Health Concerns Among First-borns
The Baylor Endocrine Center is comparing the long-term benefits and risks of four widely used diabetes drugs in combination with metformin, the most common first-line medication for treating type 2 diabetes. The project is called the GRADE: Glycemia Reduction Approaches in Diabetes, A Comparative Effectiveness Study. If metformin is not enough to help manage type … Continue reading National Diabetes Drug Study Recruiting Patients Locally
“Can I take off my shoes now,” said a smiling Sherri Shepherd as she walked in the door. The silver Steve Madden heels were killing her feet after the long afternoon of appearances. The actress and co-host of ABC’s The View had just wrapped up a long signing for her new book, “Plan D How to lose weight … Continue reading Sherri Shepherd Gives Her ‘View’ on Battling Type 2 Diabetes
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 … 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