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Woman questions whether hysterectomy is the answer

Q: I am in need of some guidance. I am a 42-year-old lady that has been having trouble with pelvic pain. I have a history of PCOS and was recently diagnosed with a complex ovarian cyst. I am wondering if it is worth it to have this removed or if I need to have a hysterectomy and be done with it. Should I be in a hurry to have it removed? Besides the daily pain, I am worried about it twisting and rupturing which my doctor tells me would be an emergency situation. Please give me your thoughts. I enjoy your column and have learned so much from it. Thank you. A: PCOS is an acronym for polycystic ovary syndrome, a rather common endocrine system disorder in women of reproductive age. The condition may present with prolonged or infrequent menstrual cycles, acne, obesity, and … [Read More...]

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Diabetes

Diabetes a/k/a diabetes mellitus, is a group of metabolic diseases that affect how a person's body uses glucose. The disease is believed to affect over 312 million individuals throughout the world and is a condition that can affect individuals of any age, men and women alike, and all races. Glucose is an very important source of energy for the cells of the body that make up tissues and muscles. It is the brain's primary source of fuel. Those forms of diabetes that are chronic include type 1 and type 2. However, there are conditions known as pre-diabetes where glucose levels are higher than normal and gestational diabetes that occurs during pregnancy but may resolve following delivery. Type 1 diabetes can occur at any age but it commonly appears during childhood or adolescence. This … [Read More...]