Dr. Kathleen Hands

Endocrinology
Foreman, AR
69 years experience

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Endocrinology

Licenses

United States: Texas

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

103 Answers
29 Agrees
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 69 years experience
Gluten?: Consider mastocytosis or gluten intolerance/allergy. Go 100% gluten free... Read labels, usually diet restrictions necessary to rule out food allergy.... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 69 years experience
Autoimmune?: If you had graves' disease it is autoimmune disorder which are familial and tend to be passes along to the children. Up to 50% may get an autoimmune d... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 69 years experience
No: Never heard of intestinal endometriosis ... You may however suffer with intestinal digestive issues related to gluten intolerance or overgrowth of bad... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 69 years experience
No,: No. These r relatively weak estrogens.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 69 years experience
More protein no carb: You need to eat extra protein and lose the carbs.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 69 years experience
Metabolic syndrome: This is caused by Insulin resistance. Lose 20 lbs, eat more protein, less carbohydrates. An a!c of 8 is poor controlled diabetes. This needs to be tre... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 69 years experience
Inappropriate: A T4 is not an appropriate test to diagnose hypothyroidism it is a protein bound test and is affected by many things. An ultra sensitive TSH is the t... Read More
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A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 69 years experience
Should be normal: You can go back to eating and drinking what you like as soon as you are able. There is no restriction because of your thyroid surgery, only what compl... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 69 years experience
No: Thyroid disease is usually autoimmune disease. Sedentary life style causes decinditioning, weakness and weight gain but not thyroid disease.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 69 years experience
Not recommended: Ata guidelines recommend against use of thyroid meds for thids purpose. Causes other medical problems and found not to be beneficial.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 69 years experience
Yes and necessary: A controlled safe environment with professionals necessary!
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 69 years experience
Many causes: Malnutrition, vitamin deficiency. Genetics....
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A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 69 years experience
YES: Fat makes inflammatory mediators and increases Insulin resistance. Losing fat decreases both increasing normal metabolic functioning and usually ferti... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 69 years experience
Aspirin: Aspirin = asa. 325mg per day is standard po= per oral or by mouth.
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 69 years experience
What tests?: You may have normal TSH and free t 4 but still have anti thyroid antibodies. That would be called euthyroid hashimotos. So "normal" thyroid test doesn... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 69 years experience
Diflucan (fluconazole) : one dose for diflucan (fluconazole) is usually sufficient. If not eradicated after 2doses there is a resistant strain or wrong diagnosis. Results are ... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 69 years experience
False positive ANA: ANA positivity very common in general population. You had the correct assessment showing no common autoimmune diseases. A repeat ANA can be 1:80 as yo... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 69 years experience
Ignore: Ask your physician : Do I have Hashimoto's, are you looking for other autoimmune diseases?
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 69 years experience
Insulin resistance: PCOS tx should include measures to reduce insulin levels. this is accomplished by lowering your carbohydrate intake dramatically and increasing your g... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 69 years experience
PCOS: Even if not overweight, you may still have PCOS. PCOS is an insulin resistance syndrome. check your sugar and if over 90 fasting I recommend a low car... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 69 years experience
All hormones: Postpartum is a unique time in a woman's life. All hormones are affected during pregnancy and post delivery. your thyroid has increased demands, your ... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 69 years experience
Ignore: TSH should be between 1-2. When it is your symptoms are not related to thyroid they are related to your autoimmune disease.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 69 years experience
Not peanuts: all nuts in moderation are okay however peanuts are legumes and high and triglycerides which will raise sugars
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 69 years experience
Block DHT: Propecia (finasteride) and saw palmetto block DHT Saw Palmetto is a natural palm berry that contains properties that block DHT effectively. DHT causes... Read More
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A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 69 years experience
Progesterone defic.: Still preimenopausal... You should follow up with GYN, rule out endometrial hyperplasia which may be normal. Very common problem in menopause.
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 69 years experience
Autoimmune: rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease which causes bone erosion that does not affect the cartilage it is an actual bone demise not connective ... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 69 years experience
Size?: Nodules with suspicious features over 1 cm should be biopsied under ultrasound guidance to determine if benign or suspicious. There are molecular test... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 69 years experience
Poor glucose control: No food is harmful, poor diabetic control is harmful! . A diet of protein and vegetables with low glycemic fruits are best for good control. Deserts a... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 69 years experience
What is hga1c: Diabetes is managed by the degree of control you have. If your sugars are over 140, you may need Insulin during pregnancy. Metformin and dulfonylureas... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 69 years experience
Yes: A goiter is an enlarged thyroid gland sits beneath the trachea where vocal cords (vc) reside. The nerve that tells the vocal cords to function is the ... Read More
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 69 years experience
Anything: Consider bladder infection, kidney stone, bladder cancer, uterine cancer. You need an exam.
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 69 years experience
Possibly: Hormone changes can induce cysts , they can also cause large breast cysts. Get an ultrasound. Breast cysts are usually benign but need to be flowed.
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 69 years experience
Too young: At 20 you should be exercising daily and eating properly to avoid obesity and health issues down the road. Most folks hips are larger than waist.
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A member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 69 years experience
Normal: A white discharge following ovulation is usually normal.
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 69 years experience
Not consistent : Constipation not related to pregnancy. Pcos has no bearing on HCG not showing on a prehnancy test.
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A 49-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 69 years experience
Yes: Clomid (clomiphene) can increase spermatozoa count in certain circumstances. Not as successful in male infertility due to radiation. But prior hx mump... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 69 years experience
No: Goiter is a growth of thyroid not a swelling. Ice is not helpful. A compressive goiter may need to be surgically remover or a layed with I-131 if caus... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 69 years experience
Yes: Normally switch patients to Hydrocortisone for a week before a stim test. It is short acting Prednisone will keep acth suppressed and not allow your p... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 69 years experience
Not likely: If you ovulate on the 2nd you have a 48hour window to conceive.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 69 years experience
Absense of menses: Term referrs to not getting periods for greater then 3 months in a row. If you had normal periods, then develop amenorrhea, check for pregnancy first ... Read More
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A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 69 years experience
Alkalinization : Wheat grass will rid your body of an acidic nature and alkalinize body fluids. This makes a less hostile environment for implantation.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 69 years experience
Autoimmune: You have hla antigen that predisposing you to getting autoimmune disease (likely inherrited from parent). Usually there is a major stressor in your li... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 69 years experience
As long as you allow: Cfs results following the 6w mono syndrome where your body becomes deconditioned. Once resolved, you need to get back to your usual activities or you ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 69 years experience
Anti aldo, anti andr: Based on your email, i assume you are female. Spironolactone is used in pcos syndrome to decrease androgens leading to hirsuitism. It is a diuretic wi... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 69 years experience
4 basic, multiple o: Lh, fsh, estrogen and Progesterone are the basic hormones in regulation. But multiple other factors are just as important. Insulin. Weight. Stress lev... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 69 years experience
Different 4 everyone: Bloating, craving sweets, fatigue, and pain... Anything ... But most commonly, no symptoms.
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 69 years experience
Complicated: Hair loss is multifactorial: can be as simple as change of season (yes like an animal) or from stress and malabsorption of vitamins/poor nutrition. Ra... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 69 years experience
Poor control: Although your doc may tell you, your numbers are fine, it is possible that you are not under optimal control. Anhedonia (numb emotionally) may be comi... Read More
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A 52-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 69 years experience
Depends on amount: Most will return to normal within 2w, some never do and a supplement may be necessary. If your pre surgery TSH was <2, and 4wafter surgery it is >4, i... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 69 years experience
Yes: Having an autoimmune disease predisposes you to having other autoimmune diseases through an hla-antigen inherited from parents.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Hands is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Hands is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Oct 18, 2016
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Thank you! My sleep apnea is being treated. I use my CPAP every night, all night. Apneas are below 1 (sleep doc says "very low"). Lost 10lbs thru Dr.-monitored diet/exercise - still have over 100lbs t...Read More
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I'm trying after being so ill so long. Starting a slow exercise prgm
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thank you. my daughter went to er last night. this supports what we were told. very much appreciated dr!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

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Graduated 1954MD

Awards

Most Influential, Second Place, Arkansas - Spring
2015
Thought Leader, Second Place, Arkansas - Spring
2015
Top Doctor, First Place, Arkansas - Spring
2015
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