Do know you know your blood sugar past, present, and future?

“Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it.” -George Santayana, Life of Reason, Vol 1, Reason in Common Sense Understanding where we are and where we’ve been helps us understand where we are going.  We use three blood tests to help...

Hide and seek is easy when you know where to look

The same is true with cardiovascular disease. It may seem obvious but one of the best ways to find a problem with your blood vessels that could lead to a heart attack or stroke is to actually look at the blood vessels themselves. Historically, the only way to measure...

When do I need my flu shot?

In a weekly email I receive from the state health department it shows the state and national trends for the spread of influenza. I’ve included it below. You can see that Tennessee as a whole (and I’d include Knoxville in particular) starts to see influenza...

The luxury of obesity

Ever thought about the fact that some people always assume that other people who are overweight are worse off than someone who isn’t? Have you ever thought that yourself? I hear from patients all day long about how they feel okay about their health even when...

Original Research: Low-carb versus Low-fat diets

Another bit of original research has recently been published in the Annals of Internal Medicine comparing a low carbohydrate diet and a low fat diet.  It evaluated the effects on weight loss and other cardiovascular markers in patients who are at risk for...

Information on Ebola

Here are two links to some high quality resource material on Ebola and it’s associated Marburg virus. It’s a good reminder that we live in a world full of microbes who desire to use us as their food source and means of propagation.  Without all our...