A longtime resident of Chicago, Illinois, Dr. Lamont Tyler has been practicing family medicine for over 25 years, receiving numerous professional distinctions. In addition to privately practicing as a family and urgent care doctor, Dr. Lamont Tyler hosts his own radio show educating consumers about the latest health topics.
In late February 2015, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee released a report that may significantly alter the way nutrition is viewed by the general public. The most recent report (which is revised every five years) loosened restrictions on cholesterol intake, reversing its longstanding concern about cholesterol as a “nutrient of concern.” The reversal is supported by a large body of medical research, which has shown over the years that dietary cholesterol only has a slight impact on blood cholesterol levels. Additionally, the report includes a relaxed stance on caffeine, acknowledging that a daily intake of three to five cups is not only safe, but may also reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes for some people. In light of growing obesity rates, the report also recommended a sharp reduction in sugar intake, advising that the average adult receive no more than 10 percent of daily calories (about 12 teaspoons a day) from sugar; on average, an American adult consumes 22 to 30 teaspoons from sugary liquids and snacks. In response to medical criticisms about saturated fat and sodium recommendations, the independent advisory group has since released the report for public review and will issue a finalized update at the end of 2015. The new recommendations highlight concerns about American eating patterns, which tend to focus on limiting individual substances rather than following generally healthy diets rich in grains and other plant-based products.
As medical director and family medicine physician at OSF Saint Joseph Medical Center PromptCare in Bloomington, Illinois, Dr. Lamont Tyler sees patients with a range of chronic and acute conditions. One acute illness Dr. Lamont Tyler and his colleagues treat is strep throat, which Dr. Tyler has spoken about on his weekly radio show Doc Talk.
Strep throat is most commonly seen in children aged 5 to 15, but adults can also contract the illness, which is spread by touching the droplets emitted when an infected person coughs or sneezes. This infection exhibits many of the same symptoms as other throat infections, including severe throat pain and difficulty swallowing. Strep throat also typically causes a fever of 101 degrees F or higher, swollen tonsils, and small red spots on the hard or soft palate. Skin rashes and vomiting may also occur.
The infection is caused by the group A strep bacteria, which means that it can be treated effectively with antibiotics. Diagnosing and treating strep throat properly is vital, as the condition can sometimes lead to complications such as rheumatic fever, which can damage the heart valves. Diagnosing strep throat involves swabbing the back of the throat and testing the sample in a laboratory. Once antibiotic therapy is begun, the patient should feel better within a couple of days, but patients should always finish the entire course of antibiotics to prevent a recurrence of the infection.
As Medical Director of OSF St. Joseph Medical Center’s PromptCare, Dr. Lamont Tyler takes pride in the diverse array of services offered to all individuals on a walk-in basis.