Andrea Hayes at dinner

Living with Diabetes: Adherence and Advocacy are Essential

Diabetes is a chronic condition that affects how the body uses energy consumption (glucose) for metabolic processes (energy). If uncontrolled, the disorder can lead to a number of health problems, including heart disease, stroke, blindness, and kidney failure. People with diabetes need to take care of their health by managing their blood sugar levels, eating […]

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Andrea Hayes at the Barbie movie.

I’m Celebrating my Birthday

Today is my birthday! Today is July 26, 2023 and I am 58 years old! I’m obviously not one who hides her age. Some people hate birthdays; others love them. I happen to fall in the latter category. A day of celebration for an individual logging in another 365 days on planet earth. To me, […]

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Andrea Hayes at Celebration Park in Naples, FL.

Low Testosterone in Men: Understanding the Benefits of Hormone Replacement Therapy

Testosterone, the primary male sex hormone, plays a crucial role in various physiological processes, including sexual function, muscle mass maintenance, bone density regulation, and mood stability.  This condition, known as low testosterone or hypogonadism, can have significant implications for overall health and well-being. For those who suspect they have low testosterone, it’s important to understand […]

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Andrea Hayes at Cambier Park.

Understanding Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes

Diabetes is a chronic condition affecting more than 37 million Americans, or more than 11 percent of the population. It is characterized by high blood sugar levels which, if left unmanaged, can lead to a variety of life-threatening complications, including heart disease, stroke, blindness and kidney failure. We have learned a great deal about the […]

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Andrea Hayes MD with her dogs at Babcock Ranch in March 2023.

Exercise Essential to Effective Diabetes Management

As an endocrinologist living with type 1 diabetes, exercise has played a huge role in helping me manage my own health. Diabetes is a chronic disease that affects how the body uses glucose, the main source of energy for your cells. Type 1 Diabetes results from an autoimmune attack rendering the beta cells of the […]

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Andrea Hayes MD attending a Gala.

Weight Management Advances Improve Outcomes

Having practiced Endocrinology for more than 25 years, the most common disorder that I treat has been obesity. With the knowledge that overweight or obesity represents the underlying contributing factor in multiple health conditions, I have always placed a strong focus on weight management as an essential component of any treatment regimen. The good news […]

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Andrea Hayes on the beach.

Diabetes and Heart Disease: What’s the Connection?

The most common cause of death in patients with diabetes, is NOT diabetes itself, but cardiovascular disease (commonly called heart disease or CV disease). Patients with diabetes are twice as likely to die of heart attack and stroke as their non-diabetic counterparts and frequently develop disease at a much younger age. Heart disease refers to […]

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Andrea Hayes in Venetian Village

Thyroid Disease Goes Largely Undetected

Approximately 20 million Americans have thyroid disease and up to 60% are unaware that they have it. To promote awareness and detection, January is National Thyroid Awareness Month. What is the Thyroid? The thyroid gland is a very important endocrine organ that produces hormones essential for life. The small, butterfly shaped gland in the front […]

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