I often tell my patients that diabetes is a numbers game. We know from medical research that keeping your blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels within a desired range can dramatically reduce the risk of developing complications from diabetes. Every year, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) publishes guidelines for the medical care of patients […]

According to the American Diabetes Association, over 29 million people in the United States have diabetes. It is estimated that roughly 73,000 lower extremity non-traumatic amputations occur each year as a result of diabetic foot complications. The underlying factors that can lead to amputation commonly involve gradual worsening numbness and/or circulation problems to the feet. […]

March is National Kidney Month. To help you understand therapies for kidney failure, Varun Agrawal, MD, nephrologist and assistant professor of medicine, explains home dialysis services that are offered by the University of Vermont Medical Center – and why it may be a great option for patients and families to consider. What is dialysis? Is […]

Approximately 29.1 million people or about 9.0 percent the United States population have diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is a common and increasingly prevalent chronic disease, which accounts for 90 to 95 percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. Another 79 million, or 35 percent of adults in the United States age 20 years or older, […]

July 28 is World Hepatitis Day. Hepatitis C can become chronic, life-long infections, which can lead to liver cancer. Millions of Americans are living with chronic viral hepatitis, and many do not know they are infected. Hepatitis C was discovered only five years before I started my first job as a ‘liver doctor’ at the Veterans […]

We are in the middle of summer vacation season. A great vacation typically consists of a change in daily routine with travel to new places, eating more restaurant meals and more physical activities, such as hiking and swimming. If you have diabetes, some planning ahead will help you maintain good blood glucose control and prevent […]

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) affects nearly 1 in 10 adults. If you don’t have IBS yourself, chances are you know someone who does. You also probably know that IBS is not fun and hard to predict. IBS is different for each person and can include any or all of the following complaints: upset stomach, bloating, […]

March is Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Awareness Month. According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), 300,000-600,000 people are affected by DVT or pulmonary embolism (PE) in the United States every year. Fatal pulmonary emboli cause more deaths than breast cancer and AIDS combined. What is Deep Vein Thrombosis? Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) […]