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Pediatric patient’s family thankful

PIKEVILLE — Blake Funk, 16, of Ivel, and his family have a lot to be thankful for this holiday season, including Dr. Arlette Soros, Pediatric Endocrinologist at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC). Blake, a sophomore at Wesley Christian School, has battled short stature and the inability to gain weight for most of his life. Blake’s pediatrician, Dr. Debra Bailey, referred him to Dr. Soros for further testing after he grew very little over a period of several years. Test results confirmed that Blake’s body wasn’t getting all the growth hormone it needed, a condition called growth hormone deficiency. Growth hormone is created in the brain’s pituitary gland and it is responsible for the body’s overall growth, including bones and organs. It also aids in the body’s metabolic processes.   To treat his deficiency, Dr. Soros started Blake on a more on this story...  

Diabetes complications are worth preventing

PIKEVILLE — In recognition of American Diabetes Month, Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) encourages everyone to learn about the dangerous complications of diabetes mellitus (diabetes) and how to prevent the disease. Complications resulting from diabetes are divided into two categories, acute and chronic or long-term. Acute complications arise from uncontrolled low blood glucose (sugar), or hypoglycemia, and high blood sugar, or hyperglycemia. Hypoglycemia happens when there is too much insulin for the amount of sugar in the blood, causing blood sugar levels to drop below the normal range. This usually happens before a meal, during increased activity or at night. Symptoms of hypoglycemia begin when blood sugar falls between 50 to 70 mg/dL and include intense hunger, change in personality, change in vision, sweating, cold or clammy skin, dizziness, headache, irritability, nausea, rapid heartbeat, more on this story...  

Soros lifts patient’s height, spirits

PIKEVILLE — Cameron Deaton, 15, of Hazard, and his family cannot say enough about Pikeville Medical Center’s Pediatric Endocrinologist Dr. Arlette Soros. Cameron is a freshman at Hazard High School and plays soccer and basketball. Standing tall at 5’4,” no one would ever know he has battled short stature for most of his life. After not growing at all for three years, his pediatrician Dr. Sunshine Smoot referred him to Dr. Soros for further testing. Test results showed that Cameron’s body was not making enough growth hormone on its own. Growth hormone is created in the brain’s pituitary gland and it is responsible for the body’s overall growth including bones and organs. It also aids in the body’s metabolic processes.   To treat this deficiency, Dr. Soros started him on a daily growth hormone therapy more on this story...  

Type 2 diabetes occurring more now in children

PIKEVILLE — To date, nearly 30 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes. Chronic diabetes conditions include type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes, formerly known as adult-onset or noninsulin-dependent diabetes, is the most common form of diabetes. Although less common in children, type 2 diabetes is occurring more and more frequently, typically in overweight children as young as 10-years-old and in teenagers. “Type 2 diabetes is more common in adults, but its incidence has increased in the pediatric population due to the obesity epidemic,” said Dr. Arlette Soros, Pediatric Endocrinologist at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC). According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), people with type 2 diabetes do not use insulin properly. This is called insulin resistance. At first, the pancreas produces too much insulin to make up for the more on this story...  

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