Ron Lester and morbid obesity

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Ron Lester was a Hollywood actor who became famous for playing Billy Bob, the 500-pound high school football player in the 1999 blockbuster movie, Varsity Blues.   He also starred on the WB Television series, Popular.   At age 30, after his massive obesity had caused him to have four arthroscopic knee surgeries and two “mild” […]

The hidden epidemic of early diabetes

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Many people with high blood sugar levels are told by their doctors that they do not have diabetes because their fasting blood sugar levels are below 100 mg/dl, which is considered normal. Early in the disease, diabetics often have a “normal” fasting blood sugar, but one hour after they eat, their blood sugar levels rise […]

The Villages Hospice House reopens after recent construction project

With the repair work completed and all the construction dust cleaned up, Cornerstone Hospice has reopened The Villages Hospice House. “The work was critical and could not wait. It needed to be done right away.  Through generous contributions of people in The Villages, Cornerstone was able to make the repairs in a timely manner,” said […]

Mary Tyler Moore and Type I Diabetes

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Mary Tyler Moore was one of the most famous female television stars in North America, first as a wife and mother on The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961–1966) and then as a single working woman on The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970–1977) where  she became a role model admired by women all over the world. […]

Your appendix is useful after all

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

I had my appendix removed when I was a child because the doctor told my mother it was a useless organ that might someday burst and cause horrible problems. After generations of children had their appendices removed for no reason, researchers have found that perhaps it may have an important function. The lymphatic tissue in […]

Seasonal residents filling up The Villages Regional Hospital

The Villages Regional Hospital receives 'A' grade

Seasonal residents are among the many patients currently at The Villages Regional Hospital. The 297-bed hospital is full, but not at capacity, according to a spokesman with Central Florida Health. “January, February and March are traditionally our heaviest time of year,” said Frank Faust, administrative director of marketing at Central Florida Health. In addition, it’s […]