Dr. REMONA PETERSON is a family practitioner practicing in TUSCALOOSA, AL. Dr. PETERSON specializes in comprehensive health care for people of all ages. In addition to diagnosing and treating illnesses, family practitioners also put focus on preventative care with routine checkups, tests and personalized coaching on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Dr. PETERSON possesses immense general knowledge on maintaining health and today, family practitioners provide more care for the underserved and rural populations than any other medical specialty.
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Hello, Your age, gender, and cholesterol is a risk factor for coronary artery disease or in other words you are at risk of heart attack. Oftentimes, subtle pain in neck or arm may be an initial sign of heart disease. Recommend you see your doctor to evaluate your heart. Also, you play guitar. When you play, I am sure you place the guitar under your right or left arm. This position can aggravate several nerves in the arm pit which also may be associated with the numbness or tingling you are feeling. I recommend you follow-up with your primary care physician to rule out issues with your heart FIRST! READ MORE
Anemia is when your body does not make enough red blood cells to carry oxygen to major organs or if there is active red blood cell loss caused by bleeding. Anemia can be mild to severe depending on the cause. Most 16-year-olds are menstruating which can contribute to a mild anemia. A lack of nutrients like iron can also contribute to mild anemia. Iron helps build red blood cells. More severe cases of anemia are caused by destruction of bone marrow which in turn affects the production of red blood cells. This is usually caused by certain cancers that destroy bone marrow which is where most red blood cells are made. READ MORE
Long-term yes but only if your diabetes remains uncontrolled. Uncontrolled diabetes can damage the arteries around the heart causing them to harden and stiffen, a term called atherosclerosis. Thus, blood flow becomes more forceful trying to flow through such damaged blood vessels. In turn, people can develop high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack, and possibly kidney failure. READ MORE
You can eat whatever you like, but in moderation that is! Ideally, you should be eating 6-7 small frequent meals per day. You should eat every 3 hrs so that you keep your metabolism level throughout the day and glucose & insulin levels at steady state. Half of your plate should include vegetables. You can all the veggies you'd like. Watch your salt intake which is important since you do have high blood pressure. Recommended amount of salt per day is <2000mg. When you cook and season your food choose herbs and powders rather than salts. Also on your plate (1/4) you should have meat preferably baked meats. The serving size should be about the size of your fist. Other (1/4) of plate should include a starch, but must be careful to have starches in moderation. The serving size is limited to fist size as well. DON'T GO BACK FOR SECOND SERVINGS. For beverages, limit your amount of caffeine. Drinking sodas are just not good for you. Sodas are high in sodium and high in carbohydrates bad for diabetes and high blood pressure. Choose snacks low in carbohydrates: nuts, almonds, popcorn, etc. READ MORE
There are no pain relievers specific to diabetes. As long as your son has good kidney and liver functions, which oftentimes can be a complication of uncontrolled diabetes, he can take over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen, alleve, or tylenol for pain. READ MORE
I assume that you are 24 years old without any medical problems. If you have any underlying heart, liver or kidney disease creatine may not be safe to ingest. Generally, creatine is safe in small quantities and great if trying to build muscle mass. 2-3 g per day is recommended. Be careful not to combine with other drugs that are toxic to the kidneys such as alleve, motrins, or ibuprofen. Also, do not take with excessive caffeine. READ MORE
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Get to know Family Practitioner Dr. Remona Peterson, who serves patients in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Dr. Peterson is a board-certified family practitioner and Medical Director at WEcare Family Practice Clinic, LLC in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. “We are an extended-hour primary care clinic on a mission to put the “care” back in HEALTHCARE! Because genuinely, WEcare about you. You are not just a patient, you are family!” as stated on the clinic’s website. WEcare Family Practice is committed to providing the best primary care through exceptional quality and a world-class experience.
Dr. Peterson is passionate about combating chronic diseases that plague rural Alabama, especially the African American community. Her goal is to empower rural communities to be more proactive about their health, as well as to eliminate disparities within these communities.
Dr. Peterson earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from Tuskegee University in 2006, followed by her master’s degree in rural and community health at the University of Alabama in 2009. Thereafter, she went on to complete her medical education through Texila American University School of Medicine located in Georgetown, Guyana and the University of Alabama Medical Education System. She was the valedictorian of her medical school class. Dr. Peterson also completed her residency at the Tuscaloosa AL Family Medicine Residency program.
Dr. Peterson is board-certified in Family Medicine by the American Board of Family Medicine, which is an independent, non-profit organization and one of the 24 medical specialty boards that make up the American Board of Medical Specialties.
Family medicine, formerly family practice, is a medical specialty devoted to comprehensive health care for people of all ages. A family practitioner is a doctor who specializes in caring for the entire family. They serve as a doctor for individuals regardless of their age and gender. In addition to diagnosing and treating acute and chronic illnesses, Dr. Peterson provides routine health screenings and counseling on lifestyle changes in an effort to prevent illnesses before they develop.
Dr. Peterson grew up in nearby Marengo County in Thomaston, Alabama. She credits her Lord and Savior for all her accomplishments and strives to do God’s work through her practice of medicine.
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