Dr. Carol Cheney

Endocrinology
Reno, NV
47 years experience female

Locations

Office

Incline Village, NV

Address

PO Box 5779, Incline Village, NV
Directions

University Health Systems

Reno, NV

About

Specialties
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Endocrinology

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

138 Answers
23 Agrees
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carol Cheney
Endocrinology 47 years experience
Normal below 100: The normal blood glucose range is the same in a diabetic patient as in anyone else - below 100. This is the goal that we generally aim for in treatin... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carol Cheney
Endocrinology 47 years experience
Not directly: Hypothyroidism does not directly cause vitiligo, but both are autoimmune conditions (caused by antibodies), so vitiligo is somewhat more common in peo... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carol Cheney
Endocrinology 47 years experience
No: The test termed "complete blood count" is a measurement of the number of red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. It does not measure blood... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carol Cheney
Endocrinology 47 years experience
In prediabetes: Both of these medications have been studied in patients with "pre diabetes" - abnormal blood sugars either when they are fasting or after meals, but n... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carol Cheney
Endocrinology 47 years experience
Generally, yes: Most of the insulins that are currently used in the United States require a prescriptions, although in some states the older insulins (regular and nph... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carol Cheney
Endocrinology 47 years experience
Enlarged thyroid: "goiter" is a term for an enlarged thyroid gland.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carol Cheney
Endocrinology 47 years experience
Several possibilitie: In patients with "pre diabetes" - borderline blood sugars either fasting or after eating - metformin has been shown to decrease the likelihood of deve... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carol Cheney
Endocrinology 47 years experience
No need for extra: The treatment for hypothyroidism is replacement of thyroid hormone; there is no reason to take other supplements such as tyrosine the hypothyroidism i... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carol Cheney
Endocrinology 47 years experience
Not uncommon: It is not uncommon to feel somewhat weak after any procedure that requires general anesthesia. If you had only a hemithyroidectomy, the remaining th... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carol Cheney
Endocrinology 47 years experience
May need to drain: In general the treatment for a true abscess is to open it to let the pus drain. Antibiotics alone are not generally adequate to cure a fully develope... Read More
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A 65-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carol Cheney
Endocrinology 47 years experience
May: Potatoes in general are high in carbohydrates, so they have the potential to cause a significant rise in blood sugar, especially if a large portion is... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carol Cheney
Endocrinology 47 years experience
Should be fine: I am not aware of any evidence that soy products will cause thyroid problems or interfere with treatment. It remains the standard recommendation that... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Carol Cheney
Endocrinology 47 years experience
Several options: The biggest determinant of how blood sugar responds to meals is the amount of carbohydrate the food and the amount of meal Insulin (as NovoLog or huma... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carol Cheney
Endocrinology 47 years experience
Low blood sugar: The Amaryl (glimepiride) in this medication stimulates the pancreas to release Insulin and would likely cause an abnormally low blood sugar if taken b... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carol Cheney
Endocrinology 47 years experience
Sometines: There are two medications that can lower prolactin levels, often to normal, in patients with prolactinomas- these are bromocryptine and cabergoline. ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carol Cheney
Endocrinology 47 years experience
Lowers blood sugar: Amaryl (glimepiride) stimulates the pancreas to release insulin, which will cause the blood sugar to fall. This release of Insulin occurs without rel... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carol Cheney
Endocrinology 47 years experience
Sometimes: Some patients, especially those with small tumors, will continue to have normal prolactin levels if they stop bromocryptine after successful treatment... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carol Cheney
Endocrinology 47 years experience
Yes: If the TSH is elevated in a patient with hypothyroidism, (who has been on the current dose for 6 to 8 weeks) this is an indication that the current d... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Carol Cheney
Endocrinology 47 years experience
Take all pills: You should complete all of the pills in the fourth week of the pack before starting the next one. It is normal to have your period during that week.
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A member asked:
Dr. Carol Cheney
Endocrinology 47 years experience
Need evaluation: You should be seen by a thyroid specialist who can review the ultrasound; if there are worrisome features, a simple "fine needle aspiration" biopsy ca... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carol Cheney
Endocrinology 47 years experience
Eye exam: You should have a careful examination by an opthalmologist, ideally one who specializes in the eye problems associated with diabetes.
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carol Cheney
Endocrinology 47 years experience
Maybe: If the thyroid testing was complete and entirely normal, one can be comfortable that the symptoms are not from am abnormality of thyroid function. Th... Read More
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A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carol Cheney
Endocrinology 47 years experience
Menopause: In menopause the fsh is elevated in response to the lack of estrogen. One can think of the pituitary as "trying to get the ovaries to make estrogen" ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carol Cheney
Endocrinology 47 years experience
Nothing to worry: Although the findings you describe are not strictly speaking normal, none of the features you describe are worrisome.
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carol Cheney
Endocrinology 47 years experience
Masks symptoms: Oxycontin is a narcotic pain reliever that will cover the pain but does not have any specific actions that make it specific to neuropathy or fibromyal... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Carol Cheney
Endocrinology 47 years experience
Enlarged thyroid: A goiter is a term for an enlarged thyroid gland. Sometimes the thyroid is large enough that it is visible as a butterfly shaped swelling in the neck... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carol Cheney
Endocrinology 47 years experience
No: There is no evidence that sleeping in a specific position will alter your growth pattern or ultimate height.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carol Cheney
Endocrinology 47 years experience
High calcium: Excess vtiamin d can result in a high blood calcium level and, as a result, excess calcium in the urine. The latter can cause kidney stones. The hig... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carol Cheney
Endocrinology 47 years experience
Not legally: Dihydrotestosterone is a controlled substance and cannot be purchased legally without a prescription.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carol Cheney
Endocrinology 47 years experience
Varies: How often to check your blood sugar depends on how you are using that information. If you are adjusting your Insulin based on blood sugars, you need ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carol Cheney
Endocrinology 47 years experience
Average glucose: The hba1c reflects that average blood glucose over the preceding three months.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carol Cheney
Endocrinology 47 years experience
Elevated: A glucose of 7.2 mmol/li (129 mg/dl) is elevated. If it is consistently in this range it is consistent with diabetes. I would encourage you to see y... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carol Cheney
Endocrinology 47 years experience
No: There is no reason that the action of Insulin should cause pain in any muscle group. Insulin injections are given in the subcutaneous tissue, not int... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carol Cheney
Endocrinology 47 years experience
Low hormone levels: Elevated prolactin levels lower the pituitary hormones that stimulate the production of reproductive hormones. This will cause low estrogen and lack ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carol Cheney
Endocrinology 47 years experience
If symptomatic: If the levels of thyroid hormone are normal, a goiter only needs to be treated if its size is causing problems by pressing on other structures such as... Read More
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A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carol Cheney
Endocrinology 47 years experience
Yes: Patients with autoimmune (hasimoto's) thyroiditis not infrequently have one but not both anti-thyroid antibodies.
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carol Cheney
Endocrinology 47 years experience
Yes and no: Your sx and the low TSH are all consistent with hyperthyroidism. However, the low raiu indicates that your thyroid gland is not taking up iodine. Th... Read More
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A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carol Cheney
Endocrinology 47 years experience
Depends on type: There is no evidence that any specific food will be helpful in treating hyperthyroidism. The first step in treatment is to determine the type of hype... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carol Cheney
Endocrinology 47 years experience
Thyroid antibodies: The presence of anti-thyroid peroxidase antibodies signals the presences of autoimmune thyroid disease. This is often, but not always, associated with... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carol Cheney
Endocrinology 47 years experience
Not enough insulin: We all store glucose (sugar) in our liver. Normally, when we have eaten, we put out Insulin that tells the liver that it does not need to release the... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carol Cheney
Endocrinology 47 years experience
Yes in the right pt: Pamidronate - a synthetic form of parathyroid hormone - can be a very effective treatment for osteoporosis in the appropriate patient.
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carol Cheney
Endocrinology 47 years experience
No: The effectiveness of depo-provera will not be altered by the addition of supplemental estrogen.
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A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carol Cheney
Endocrinology 47 years experience
Good diet, exercise: The best non-prescription treatment is a healthy diet that aims to achieve an ideal body weight and a regular exercise program. There are supplement... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carol Cheney
Endocrinology 47 years experience
Virus: The symtoms you describe most likely are due to a viral respiratory infection. If this is the case, it will get better with time.
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carol Cheney
Endocrinology 47 years experience
Can be serious: Hepatitis b is often a chronic disease that can lead to serious damage of the liver, including cirrhosis. It is also associated with an increased ris... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carol Cheney
Endocrinology 47 years experience
Depends on cause: Low Progesterone occurs when one has not ovulated. There are many possible causes of this, and the treatment depends on what is causing the failure t... Read More
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A 19-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carol Cheney
Endocrinology 47 years experience
Try extended release: Patients who have side effects on metformin often find that they are less if they take the extended release form of the medication. Since this form i... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carol Cheney
Endocrinology 47 years experience
Depends what taking: There are several stages in producing active vitamin d. The dietary form is converted into 25hydroxyvitamin d which is then converted in the kidney t... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carol Cheney
Endocrinology 47 years experience
HEALTHY DIET: Beyond eating a healthy diet, there are no specific dietary recommendations for persons with hypothyroidism.
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carol Cheney
Endocrinology 47 years experience
Not the same: Provera (medroxyprogesterone) is a synthetic agent that acts like Progesterone but is not biochemically the same; if you have measurable Progesterone ... Read More
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Aug 15, 2012
Excellent physician with trustworthy answers.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Cheney is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Cheney is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Drs keep telling me I need a sleep test. Thanks for reinforcing this in my mind. It's hard for me to remember everything.
HealthTap member
Thank you! I've heard to limit the intake of boccoli brussel sprouts fruit if you have under active thyroid. Is there any truth behind this?
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Actually I just wanted2 say that I read that unfermented Soy based foods shud b avoided due2 hi levels of Phytooestrogens. But msg costs $10

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

UC San Diego School of Medicine, CA
Graduated 1976MD

Awards

Fellow, American College of Physicians
Most Influential, Third Place, Reno, NV - Winter
2013
Top Endocrinologist, First Place, Nevada - Winter
2013
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