Uy talks diabetes, thyroid

Dr. Rogelio Uy was the guest speaker at the June edition of ARH’s Lunch and Learn series. Uy is a doctor at ARH who specializes in endocrinology and adult medicine.

Uy studied at University of Illinois in Chicago has served in the past as Chief of Medicine and Chief of Staff at ARH.

Uy gave an overview of two prevalent health issues in the area — diabetes and thyroid problems.

“Diabetes is on the rise, not just in America, but it’s a global problem and we’re going to see more of it in the future,” said Uy.

Uy reported that there are 387 million people living with diabetes and this number is expected to increase by 205 million by the year 2035. This increase can mainly be traced to an aging population, diet changes and an increase in a sedentary lifestyle.

“If you are diagnosed with diabetes, it’s all about balance and discipline. It can be a daily struggle and is sometimes hard for many diabetic patients to change their habits or lifestyle,” said Uy.

Diabetes is the No. 7 leading cause of death in the United States.

Diabetes can be controlled with medicines, insulin and checking blood sugar, depending on the type and severity of the diabetes.

Uy spoke about common illnesses related to the thyroid including hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism and thyroid cancer.

Hypothyroidism occurs when there is not enough throid being produced by the thyroid gland, while hyperthyroidism occurs when there is too much thyroid in the system. Both can be checked by a simple blood test and regulated with common medicines.

Thyroid cancer is checked by palpating the thyroid, at the front of the neck, through what is called a thyroid nodule test. This checks for an enlargement or swelling of the thyroid which is an indicator of cancer.

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