Category Archives: Endocrinology

The “Deets” on Sweets

A Guide to Understanding Artificial Sweeteners and Other Sugar Substitutes Sugar. It’s what makes our most favorite sweet treats so delicious. Unfortunately, with that deliciousness comes calories (four calories per gram to be exact). On a daily basis, I find myself discussing healthy eating techniques with my patients. Often, I am asked about sugar alternatives…
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Mondays Q and A: What can cause low magnesium?

Dear TMH: I have been taking magnesium tablets prescribed by my doctor but my magnesium is still low. Anything I can do to help it along while taking the tablets? Answer: Magnesium can be lost through two different mechanisms, the GI system and through the kidneys. This can happen with certain diseases such as uncontrolled diabetes as…
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Get Moving for a Healthy Heart!

Because the heart is a muscle, its performance improves with exercise. Regular exercise helps prevent heart attack and stroke by lowering blood pressure and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL, the bad kind). Exercise also makes blood-vessel walls more flexible and, in turn, helps prevent hardening of the arteries. Regular exercise also can reduce your risk for…
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Women Risk Factors for Heart Disease

One of the reasons that heart disease kills so many American women is because many women don’t even know that they have it, and the risk factors for heart disease in women are often different from those in men. The good news is that many of the risk factors for CVD in women can be…
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Three Reasons You Might Not Be Sleeping Well

By: David Huang, MD, Tallahassee Memorial Sleep Center Medical Director [caption id="attachment_10624" align="alignright" width="150"] David Huang, MD, is board-certified in sleep medicine and is the medical director of the Tallahassee Memorial Sleep Center.[/caption] A good night’s rest is essential to good health and well being. Not getting enough sleep places you at a higher risk…
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High Cholesterol Increases Your Risk for Stroke

By: J. Orson Smith, MD, FACC and Nancy T. Smith, RD, CDE, CLS Tallahassee Memorial Lipid Center [caption id="attachment_6506" align="alignright" width="150"] J. Orson Smith is a board-certified Lipidologist at the Tallahassee Memorial Lipid Center. Lipidologists are physicians with training in cholesterol management, cardiovascular risk assessment and intervention. He is also board-certified in internal medicine and…
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Anxiety: Out of the Blue

[caption id="attachment_6089" align="alignright" width="150"] Paul Knoll, PhD, LMHC, CAP, Director of TMH's Recovery Center at Tallahassee Memorial Behavioral Health Center.[/caption] By: Paul Knoll, PhD, LMHC, CAP It’s 1:30 in the morning, and out of the blue, you wake up feeling nauseous and sweaty. Your heart is racing. You feel as if an elephant is sitting…
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