Are you ready for the summer? Summer health tips from The DiagnosisMD!

Last weekend we dropped our daughter off in a mall parking lot to take the bus to camp for the next 7 weeks.   Of course, the night before, while thinking about summer, the movie Meatballs was on television, and I laughed and envied her the summer she was about to have.  So, on the […]

Steaks and Statins – weight gain and cholesterol management

Recently there have been several news stories with contradictory  health information; obesity has reached a peak, obesity is still rising.  Running leads to a longer life, but marathon runners don’t live longer.  Supplements don’t work, except when they do. One of the latest stories is that people who take statins are gaining weight faster than those […]

Advanced Lipid Testing – when “bad cholesterol” isn’t good enough

In an earlier post, I reviewed the new ACC/AHA guidelines for treating cholesterol.  These guidelines recommend basing treatment solely on LDL-c or the “bad cholesterol”, treating when it is high but not to a specific target.  Over the last several decades, lowering levels of LDL-c has resulted in a decreased rate of heart disease that […]

Fertility after the pill

I recently referenced a NY Times article summarizing a study showing a link to stress and fertility problems.   As an Internist and Primary Care Physician, I am often asked fertility questions by my patients that are trying to conceive.  “I’ve been on the pill for years and now I want to get pregnant.  Will […]

Colon Cancer – An Ounce of Prevention….

Breaking bad news is one of the hardest parts of my job.  There are times that I have to tell someone they have a new diagnosis – whether diabetes, a sexually transmitted disease or cancer – and it is not easy.  It is even more difficult when I know that some diagnoses can be PREVENTED! […]

Addiction and Substance Abuse

Of all the illnesses I treat, conditions I diagnose and problems I am presented with, one of the most difficult is addiction. Addiction can be to many things – alcohol, illegal drugs, prescription drugs, smoking, food, exercise, gambling and other behaviors. Addiction affects not only the person involved, but their entire network of friends and […]

Vaccines for HPV – Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics

In 2006, a new vaccine was introduced in the US – a vaccine for the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV).  This virus is responsible for most cases of cervical cancer, some throat, penile and anal cancers, as well as genital warts.  The vaccine is effective against the 4 strains of HPV that cause the majority of […]

Diagnosis of Arthritis

One of the most common reasons people go to the doctor is for joint pain.  “My knee hurts and swells after I walk, it hurts when it rains or it takes me awhile after I wake up before I can move well” are all often heard symptoms in patients with arthritis.  In a recent Center for […]

Test me for everything

An Annual Physical is one of my favorite visits. It’s an appointment specifically designated to review your health – both where you are now and where you are heading. It’s the body’s status update. It’s also where I feel I get to know a person a little better, more about your life in general, not just […]

Testosterone Therapy – MANopause or Marketing?

Fatigue, weight gain, decreased sex drive and depression are very common complaints, especially as men age.  There are many diagnoses associated with such symptoms – obesity, diabetes and hypothyroidism are some examples.  They can also be associated with hypogonadism – which in men – is low testosterone or LowT. What is Testosterone? Testosterone is a […]

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