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Rules to Live By - December Dec 1st, 2021

Rules to Live By   Here we are, folks, at the end of another year. There is an old curse that states, “May you live in interesting times,” and I have to say that has definitely been the truth around the world for the past year or so. In the...

Too good to be true Nov 1st, 2021

If what you're reading seems too good to be true, it just might be.   First, I would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. We’ve gone through some hard times these past years, but hope, faith and science are bringing us to a new normal. I found this article...

Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency and Vitamins Oct 1st, 2021

Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency and Vitamins If you are a person diagnosed with exocrine pancreatic insufficiency, or EPI, you’re most likely familiar with the gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms of the condition: gas, bloating, frequent diarrhea, and oily stools. EPI can also trigger other problems because without medication, people with EPI have trouble properly...

Hyperparathyroidism Sep 1st, 2021

Hyperparathyroidism   Hyperparathyroidism is when your parathyroid glands create too much parathyroid hormone in the bloodstream. These glands are located behind the thyroid at the bottom of your neck and are about the size of a grain of rice. The parathyroid glands produce parathyroid hormone. This hormone helps maintain an...

Rules to Help Keep Blood Glucose Levels Healthy Aug 2nd, 2021

Rules to Help Keep Blood Glucose Levels Healthy   As most of you probably know, I became a type I diabetic at the ripe old age of 18 months. Since then, my life has been structured around my blood sugar levels and the need to keep it steady. People with...

Signs Your Thyroid Is Making You Gain Weight Jul 1st, 2021

Signs Your Thyroid Is Making You Gain Weight   Going up a couple of pant sizes is one of the top symptoms of hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism, also called an underactive thyroid, is a condition in which your metabolism-running thyroid gland does not make enough thyroid hormones to meet your body's needs....

Conn’s Syndrome Jun 1st, 2021

Conn’s Syndrome   Understanding Hyperaldosteronism This month we are going to be talking about Conn’s Syndrome, a disease caused by a tumor in the adrenal glands that is producing too much of the hormone aldosterone. One of the functions of your adrenal glands is to produce a hormone called aldosterone that plays an...

Endocrine Disruptors and the Body May 3rd, 2021

Endocrine Disruptors and the Body Endocrine disruptors are chemicals (either human-made or manufactured) that disrupt or damage your body’s hormone-making organs or processes. This can happen when a chemical imitates a particular hormone, keeps your body from using or absorbing a particular hormone, interferes with the way your hormones talk...

Type 3 Diabetes and Alzheimer’s Disease: What You Need to Know Apr 2nd, 2021

Type 3 Diabetes and Alzheimer’s Disease: What You Need to Know   What is type 3 diabetes? Diabetes mellitus (also called DM or diabetes for short) refers to a health condition where your body has difficulty converting sugar to energy. Typically, we think of three kinds of diabetes:  Type 1...

3 Vital Functions of Your Endocrine System Mar 2nd, 2021

3 Vital Functions of Your Endocrine System   An unhealthy endocrine system can mean trouble for your body, because it is responsible for many different functions. Let us take a look at why the endocrine system is so important, its most important roles, and how you can help keep it...

Anxiety and Ties to the Endocrine System Feb 1st, 2021

Anxiety and Ties to the Endocrine System   Physical Signs of Anxiety Your body may be sending you clues that it is time to talk to your doctor about your fears and worries.   Of course we all know that it is impossible to live a stress free life, especially...

The Endocrine System and COVID-19 Jan 4th, 2021

The Endocrine System and COVID-19 Studies show strong links between the endocrine system and COVID-19 incidence and mortality   While going through my journal readings this past month, I found this on the internet and thought it should be the topic for this month’s blog.  It should be a point...

A Touch of Sugar Dec 1st, 2020

A Touch of Sugar A touch of sugar. That is how people used to talk about Type II Diabetes. Viola Davis, an actor born in South Carolina, has an Oscar, an Emmy, a Tony, a Golden Globe — and, as she was shocked to discover, prediabetes. “Not many things scare...

Osteoporosis and Menopause Nov 2nd, 2020

Osteoporosis and Menopause Happy Thanksgiving! This month is the time that we start to feel a chill in the air in South Carolina. However, it’s usually warm enough that I’ve spent more than several Thanksgivings on the back porch with all my family, having a wonderful meal. The topic this...

What is Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency? Sep 30th, 2020

What is Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency? Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency, or EPI, is the medical term for a condition that occurs when the pancreas doesn’t produce enough digestive enzymes. As a result, the body cannot properly digest food into nutrients, which can lead to malabsorption. Many people do not realize the pancreas...

September is Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month Sep 1st, 2020

September is Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month   I am a survivor of thyroid cancer. I was very fortunate in that when I was a Fellow at the Medical University of South Carolina, I attended an extracurricular seminar on ultrasound procedures. By the merest coincidence, one of the people being used...

Hyperthyroidism and You Aug 3rd, 2020

Hyperthyroidism and You     Who knew that one little butterfly shaped organ could cause so much turmoil in the body? Thyroid hormone plays a significant role in the pace of many processes in the body. These processes are grouped together to form your metabolism. If there is too much...

Freedom may finally be on the Horizon for T1D Jul 1st, 2020

Freedom may finally be on the Horizon for T1D This July, I thought I would write about freedom. It is something that people with diabetes cannot experience. They always have to be alert to their blood glucose levels and have their insulin equipment with them. They have to watch their...

What Is A Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsy (FNA or FNAB) Of A Thyroid Nodule? Jun 1st, 2020

WHAT IS A FINE NEEDLE ASPIRATION BIOPSY (FNA OR FNAB) OF A THYROID NODULE?   Every patient has questions when it comes to an invasive procedure. I remember my first FNA. I was very nervous, even though I knew that the doctor had years of experience. It was quick, and...

What Are Your Health Goals? May 4th, 2020

Not too long ago, a tax advisor I’ve been working with mentioned his health goals. “I want to remain mobile, functional, and mentally clear for a long as possible, so that I can enjoy and help people.” Wow. I might not have remembered the exact quote accurately, but to me...

Why You Need a Doctor You Can Trust Apr 2nd, 2020

Why You Need a Doctor You Can Trust We live in an age of information. I still find it amazing that the phone in my pocket can allow me to find directions to a business, wake me up in the morning, order a pizza, tell me where my car is...

Numerous processes take place throughout the body 24 hours a day Feb 29th, 2020

Numerous processes take place throughout the body 24 hours a day   This month, I thought I would go over some of the different functions of the Endocrine System.  It is a glorious thing, taking a leading role in keeping us alive and making sure our body functions properly. Studies show when the endocrine functions go ‘off...

“You gotta have heart….” Feb 8th, 2020

Welcome to my very first blog! I will be writing these articles as I have time. If you have a topic that you would like to be covered, please leave the information with the front desk. Since February is Heart Month, I thought that writing about the link between diabetes...