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Diabetes & Endocrinology

March 15, 2019

Less Is More: Losing Weight, Gaining Perspective

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A lifetime of food addiction resulted in Jessica Erickson’s weight becoming unmanageable. When she looked for medical help, she found a Mayo Clinic team that offered her the care and support she needed to become a smaller, healthier version of herself.

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Tags: bariatric surgery, Dr. Basel Sharaf, Dr. Jennifer Radtke, Dr. Kurt Kennel, Dr. Michael Kendrick, Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing, Sleeve gastrectomy


March 11, 2019

Pancreas Transplant Frees Mary Shelley From the Grip of Diabetes

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Mary Shelley struggled for years to control her erratic blood sugar levels, which affected every aspect of her life. A pancreas transplant in 2018 helped her overcome many of the symptoms and side effects of diabetes, and it has allowed her to experience life in ways she never thought possible.

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Tags: Catherine Coyle, Dr. Justin Nguyen, Dr. Martin Mai, Mayo Clinic Transplant Center, pancreas transplant


September 10, 2018

Embracing Family Life After Overcoming a Rare Disorder

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Brittany Kale was plagued with nagging symptoms: weight gain, a swollen face, high blood pressure. She also had been trying, unsuccessfully, to get pregnant for years. She finally found relief at Mayo Clinic, where she was diagnosed and treated for Cushing disease. That made it possible for her to start a family and feel healthy […]

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Tags: Cushing disease, Department of Endocrinology, Dr. Ronald Reimer, Dr. Victor Bernet


March 28, 2018

From Mysterious Broken Bones to Ballroom Dancing

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Don Varney’s bones were breaking, and no one could tell him why. But after being diagnosed with of a rare form of vitamin D deficiency triggered by a hard-to-detect tumor and then undergoing surgery to remove it, Don has returned to his active, athletic ways.

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Tags: clinical trials, Dr. Michael Rock, Dr. Peter Tebben, Osteomalacia


January 19, 2018

Seeing Is Believing With Help From a Mayo Clinic Retinal Specialist

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When complications from diabetes threatened his vision, eye surgery and laser treatment at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire restored Brad Stevens’ sight.

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Tags: Diabetic retinopathy, Dr. Wayne Wu, Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Ophthalmology, type 1 diabetes


October 19, 2017

Lifestyle Changes Yield Positive Results for Wisconsin Woman With Diabetes

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When Debbie Hundley learned she had diabetes and realized what it was doing to her body, she was determined to make the adjustments needed to get the disease under control and keep it that way.

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Tags: diabetes, Louise Wanner, Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire


July 3, 2017

Saving Dave Boyett’s Foot With the Help of a Pressure Chamber

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After a series of accidents led to increasingly serious foot wounds and infections, Dave Boyett was told he might have to have his right foot amputed. Staff at Mayo Clinic’s Hyperbaric and Altitude Medicine Program in Rochester, however, helped change that.

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Tags: diabetes, Dr. Daniel Ryssman, Dr. Paul Claus, Hyberbaric Oxygen Therapy, Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing, Vascular Ulcer and Wound Healing Clinic


October 19, 2016

Unique Treatment Option Cures Cushing Syndrome for Jessie Brown

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Retired elementary school teacher Jessie Brown takes time to enjoy the pleasures of daily life. She goes for long walks with her dogs, King Solomon and Baby Ruth. She spends time with her children and grandchildren who live near the farm where she and her husband, Tom, make their home in rural Marshall, Arkansas. She […]

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Tags: Cryoablation, Cushing Syndrome, Dr. Patrick Eiken, Dr. Robert Shen, Endocrinology


July 20, 2016

Unique Form of Genetic Testing Uncovers the Reason for Years of Mysterious Symptoms

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When she was a teenager, Sharon Mills started having excruciating pain after eating. Medical tests found abnormalities with her liver but no reason for the irregularities or pain. She continued to experience the troubling symptoms for decades. As an adult, Sharon moved to different parts of the country several times. With each move, she visited […]

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Tags: Consultative and Diagnostic Medicine, Dr. Floyd Willis, Dr. Paldeep Atwal, Family Medicine, Florida, Metabolomics


May 8, 2015

Tracking Down an Elusive Answer

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Plagued by persistent symptoms with no definitive cause, Scott Borden turned to Mayo Clinic to help solve a baffling medical condition that was interfering with his life. 

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Tags: Adrenal Gland Disorder, Dr. William Young Jr., Endocrinology


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