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.
The host of the weekly radio show Doc Talk on Cities 92.9 FM in Bloomington, Illinois, Dr. Lamont Tyler enjoys sharing his knowledge on health matters with the community. The director of OSF St. Joseph Medical Facility, Dr. Lamont Tyler is a member of the American Academy of Family Medicine (AAFP).
The AAFP advocates for the continued encouragement of mothers to breastfeed their children. This is because many mothers do not breastfeed their newborn babies as required.
The World Health Organization (WHO) urges mothers to breastfeed their babies for a minimum of two years. The AAFP recommends that babies should be breastfed exclusively for six months, before combining breastfeeding with artificial foods for a full year.
Data from the Center for Disease Control in 2011 revealed that 79% of mothers initiated breastfeeding, 49.9% breastfed, and only 18.8% exclusively breastfed six months into childbirth. Only 26.7% breastfed one year after childbirth.
According to AAFP, not breastfeeding has been linked to acute otitis media, atopic dermatitis, necrotizing enterocolitis, and respiratory infections. According to WHO, not breastfeeding increases the risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, asthma, and leukemia.
OSF St. Joseph Medical Center is constantly assessing the health needs of our communities in the Bloomington,, Illinois area.. We have been experiencing great patient satisfaction with our Promptcare model. OSF Promptcare walk-in clinics provide a wide variety of non-emergency medical services, such as X-rays, seasonal flu vaccines, and sports physicals. Minor ailments, such as rashes, insect bites, conjunctivitis, earaches, and lacerations are treated quickly and effectively.
Our clinics, which are conveniently located, feature extended hours. The OSF Medical Group--College Avenue clinic in Bloomington is even open on Sundays. Promptcare clinics only close for two days a year: Thanksgiving and Christmas.
We maintain four PromptCare facilities in Bloomington and Normal, and we are currently at work on an El Paso, Illinois facility. This new clinic, which is expected to open at the beginning of 2013, will comprise 4,500 square feet.
About Dr. Tyler:
Dr. Lamont Tyler serves as the Medical Director for OSF St. Joseph Medical Center Promptcare.
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 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.