Doctor Column

Ten Key Differences Between Type 1 & Type 2 Diabetes

Type 1 and type 2 diabetes are chronic conditions that damage the body’s ability to metabolize sugars; that is, break down sugars from our diet into glucose. Consequently, blood levels of glucose become and remain elevated unless treated with diet, lifestyle changes and medications. We need the energy of glucose in our cells for our bodies to function.

Hypercalcemia or High Calcium Levels, and the Parathyroid Glands: What Are They? What Do They Do?

Linda, a 52 year old homemaker, complained of being “tired all the time.” Over the past few years, besides being tired, she experienced trouble concentrating, mood swings, loss of appetite, and forgetfulness. She thought it was connected to the “empty nest syndrome” after her daughter got married, and she was left alone in her apartment. All that changed after she fell and hurt her back.

Intense Exercise for Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson Disease (PD) is a disorder of muscle coordination, not muscle weakness. It accounts for approximately 80% of movement disorders and it is the second most common neurodegenerative brain disease trailing only Alzheimer’s. This condition happens when nerve cells (neurons) in part of the brain called the substantia nigra die and don’t produce enough dopamine.

Parkinson Disease Treatment Options

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is an adult onset, progressive, nerve wasting, movement disorder of the brain causing a depletion of the hormone dopamine. PD attacks a part of the brain called the substantia nigra, which produces dopamine. This chemical messenger in the brain, dopamine, plays a key role in muscle tone and movement. Treatment is primarily focused on replenishing the brain with dopamine.

Colon Cancer Home Tests: “What To Know — What To Do?”

Nick, a 20 year veteran of the Cleveland Fire Department said: “My family has a history of colon cancer. When I was 50 years old, I started to get routine colonoscopies. I told the nurses in my doctor’s office that I’m a healthy guy and don’t take any medicines. They told me to strictly follow the colonoscopy preparation instructions which went something like this:”