May Newsletter
May, 2021
Welcome to the May newsletter. This newsletter aims to provide information and analysis of timely topics from recent articles published in the medical literature. I hope you find this information useful and helpful in your health journey. If you have comments or questions, please let us know!

Here in Wisconsin, we are continuing to move in the right direction. Hospitalizations continue to decrease, over 5.4 million vaccinations have been given, and 45% of the population is fully vaccinated. Vaccines are showing long-term immunity and good protection from the variants. All people over age 12 are eligible for vaccination. When you have a chance to get vaccinated, I highly recommend it. If you have questions regarding vaccines please feel free to contact me.
If you are feeling sick or concerned about symptoms, please call me first. We can discuss your symptoms and decide the best course of action for you, including testing and treatments.
Curing Diabetes
Diabetes (Type 2) is often thought to be a lifetime diagnosis. But does it have to be? Type 2 diabetes develops when cells become insulin resistant and eventually progresses to the point that excess glucose can no longer be taken up by the cells so it builds up in the bloodstream causing diabetes. Advances in medications (like insulin) have revolutionized diabetes treatment, but what about a cure? 

Don't Believe the Hype
There has been a lot of recent media focus on COVID-19 in children. Hospitalization rates have been used as a marker for disease burden in adults during the pandemic. We are now met daily with headlines proclaiming that hospitalization rates in kids are way up implying that the disease burden in children is rapidly rising. But is this true? This study from Stanford University examined the data to try to get an idea of the disease burden in children. Read on for the answers...

Vaccine Breakthrough
There has been a lot of media attention regarding “breakthrough” infections in vaccinated people. What is a breakthrough infection? Should this be of concern to people who are vaccinated? Is it still worth getting vaccinated? What about masks? 

To Your Health...
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Mark Niedfeldt, M.D.

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