A board-certified urgent care and family medicine physician, Dr. Lamont Tyler serves as the medical director of OSF St. Joseph Medical Center. Dr. Lamont Tyler’s responsibilities include helping people with chronic illnesses such as diabetes .
One of the leading causes of deaths nowadays, diabetes increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes, the risks of which can be significantly reduced by managing diabetes.
Without proper information, misconceptions about diabetes may affect the way people with diabetes live. The following are some diabetes-related myths, as well as the facts by which they should be tempered.
- Diabetes is not contagious. Unlike cough or fever, diabetes is not acquired through contact with a person having such a condition.
- Avoid sweets; they can cause diabetes. Sweets can be consumed in small amounts and as part of a healthy diet.
- A diabetes patient can easily contract colds. Although flu shots are recommended as a preventive measure, diabetics are not any more likely to contract such illnesses than those without diabetes.
Outside of his work as medical director of specialty physician services at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Dr. Lamont Tyler provides support to a number of charitable organizations. One of the organizations that Dr. Lamont Tyler supports is United Way, the world’s largest privately-funded nonprofit. Recently, the nonprofit organized a Day of Action on June 21, a single day for thousands of people in more than 300 communities around the world to come together and make a lasting impact. Day of Action takes place in states across the country and in more than 20 nations.
Each United Way independently decides which activities to undertake during Day of Action, but all organizations rallied around a national focus on nutrition and summer learning. In too many communities, children go hungry and remain academically under-stimulated throughout the summer moths. One of the primary goals of the United Way is childhood well-being, and this year’s Day of Action introduced thousands of people to the summer programs that they can support by volunteering.
These programs make a real, tangible difference in children’s lives. For example, an organization in Toronto brings fresh food to low-income neighborhoods through the Mobile Good Food Market, and another organization in Massachusetts is creating summer camps for low-income communities that incorporate literacy activities.
Dr. Lamont Tyler serves as medical director of specialty physician services at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Illinois. Outside of work, Dr. Lamont Tyler provides support to a number of medically engaged organizations, including the American Diabetes Association (ADA). At the recent ADA 76th Scientific Session in New Orleans, a unique bionic pancreas was unveiled.
The artificial pancreas delivers glucagon through small doses using an automated continuous glucose monitoring system to significantly reduce the chances of hypoglycemia in patients who have type 1 diabetes. Glucagon, normally produced and secreted by the pancreas, raises blood glucose and helps maintain appropriate levels in concert with insulin, which lowers blood glucose.
A double blind, placebo-controlled, and randomized crossover study involving 22 patients using an insulin pump or daily injections found that use of the bionic pancreas reduced instances of hypoglycemia. Patients received either glucagon or placebo on alternative days and had no knowledge of which they received. Researchers found that half as many symptomatic hypoglycemic incidents happened on glucagon days when compared to placebo days.
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.