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Diabetes & Endocrinology

February 17, 2022

An eye on the future

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

Editor’s note: This story was written by patient Marge Cabanski. I am Marge Cabanski, and at 74 years old in November 2020, I began experiencing eye irritation. It was diagnosed as Graves’ disease. Though I had had my thyroid irradiated in 2017, an autoimmune reaction within my body led to a further diagnosis of severe […]

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Tags: Dr. Ahmed Sheikh, Dr. Janalee Stokken, Dr. Lilly Wagner, Dr. Linda Yin, Dr. Marius Stan, Graves disease, Marge Cabanski, orbital decompression, Thyroid Eye Disease


November 19, 2021

Pancreas transplant to cure diabetes

By Cynthia Weiss Cynthia Weiss (@cindyweiss)

It was in 2017 when 48-year-old Lynn Guzik suffered a massive heart attack out of the blue. An insulin-dependent diabetic for more than 20 years, Lynn struggled to control her diabetes, but she hadn’t had any heart issues before. The damage to her heart was significant, however, and in 2017, Lynn underwent a heart transplant […]

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Tags: diabetes, Dr. Tambi Jarmi, insulin, MayoClinicFL, pancreas transplant, Transplant


December 23, 2019

Rare Tumor Triggers Life-Threatening Medical Ordeal

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

Diagnosed with a rare neuroendocrine tumor while she was pregnant, Dr. Staci Tanouye and her husband, Dr. Amit Merchea, turned to a team of Mayo Clinic specialists to safeguard Dr. Tanouye’s health and that of their baby. Under that expert care, their son was safely delivered and the tumor successfully removed.

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Tags: Dr Carl Rose, Dr. Amit Merchea, Dr. David Larson, Dr. Geoffrey Thompson, Dr. William Young Jr., Fetal and Maternal Care, Neuroendocrine tumors


March 15, 2019

Less Is More: Losing Weight, Gaining Perspective

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

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

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

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

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

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

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

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

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

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

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

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

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

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


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