Frequently Asked Questions

Internists are trained to diagnose severe, chronic illnesses and situations where several different illnesses may strike at the same time. They also help patients understand preventive medicines, men's and women's health, substance abuse, mental health, as well as effective treatment of common problems of the eyes, ears, skin, nervous system and reproductive organs.

Chronic disease refers to disease states that are diagnosed at a young age and affect the individual for many years. Three of the most common chronic diseases are diabetes, hypertension, and hyperlipidemia. If not properly diagnosed and treated over time, they can lead to severe complications involving multiple organ systems. This leads to poor quality of life, decreased longevity, and increased mortality. Inappropriate diagnosis and treatment of these disease states can lead to accelerated coronary artery disease, silent heart attacks, strokes, kidney failure, blindness, and neuropathy/nerve pain.

The most important thing you can do for yourself and family is to be proactive about your health. Early diagnosis and prevention by establishing a trusting relationship with a caring internist who will spend the time needed to make the proper diagnosis and develop an individualized treatment plan. Preventive evaluation include of a comprehensive medical history, complete physical examination, and laboratory testing/imaging studies.

Diabetes is divided into Type I and Type II. Type I is characterized by absolute insulin deficiency due to pancreatic failure and usually present with the abrupt onset of excessive thirst/urination, weight loss, nausea, and vomiting. It is most often diagnosed in childhood and adolescence. Type II diabetes is generally diagnosed in adults, but due to childhood obesity we are now diagnosing it in children. It is characterized by insulin resistance and relative insulin deficiency. Strong risk factors include obesity, sedentary lifestyle, older age, hypertension, elevated cholesterol/triglyceride levels, family history, gestational diabetes.

Hypertension is a common disease state that affects a large proportion of our population. Typically asymptomatic and often referred to as the “silent killer.” It is detected on routine physical examination or after the occurrence of a complication such as a heart attack, stroke, or heart failure. Potential causes include genetics, obesity, diet, drugs, alcohol, sedentary lifestyle, kidney disease, stress, and poor sleep.

Elevated cholesterol and triglyceride levels are asymptomatic and quiescent until a significant degree of atherosclerosis has occurred. Complications include heart attack, stroke, sudden cardiac death, erectile dysfunction, and peripherals vascular disease. Primary causes of high cholesterol are due include sedentary lifestyle, diabetes, hypothyroidism, alcohol dependency, liver disease, and diets rich in saturated fats and trans-fatty acids.

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  • Medico (Sunnyvale)

    2822 North Belt Line Rd.
    Suite 200

    Sunnyvale, TX 75182
    Phone: (972) 216-5400

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