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Shantanu Nundy, MD  
Male
Chicago, IL

Specialties: Preventive Health, general medicine

The University of Chicago Primary Care Group
Department of Internal Medicine
773-702-0240
Chicago, IL
My Posts
May 30, 2011 in the Preventive Medicine Expert Forum - 1
Hi, thanks for your question. Yours is a really important one. Turns out that you do not have to get that much blood work every year. Just as medical studies are done to decide what drugs people should be prescribed, studies have been done to find out what routine screening tests and blood work healthy people need. I've spent the past 3-4 years un...
Feb 16, 2011 in the Preventive Medicine Expert Forum - 1
Hi, osteoporosis is rare in people your age, people with a history of anoxeria nervosa or on chronic steroids being exceptions. You would benefit from seeing a specialist, typically an endocrinologist (although you may need to find one specifically with an interest in bone health). The science of medications in osteoporosis is evolving. We are learning that p...
Feb 10, 2011 in the Preventive Medicine Expert Forum - 1
Thanks for your question. Of all the cholesterol numbers, doctors generally are most concerned about LDL (or bad) cholesterol. Target LDL is different for different people. The higher your risk of heart disease the lower the target LDL. People with 0-1 risk factors for heart disease should aim for an LDL of less than 160, people with 2 risks less than 130, an...
Jan 08, 2011 in the Preventive Medicine Expert Forum - 1
Thanks for your question. There are risks involved with using bleach though I'm not sure how to quantify them. It would make sense that these risks increase with the number of repeated applications, strength of the bleach being used, etc. More importantly, there are excellent medications for the treatment of ringworm. Typically I treat ringworm (which is...
Jan 08, 2011 in the Preventive Medicine Expert Forum - 1
As you have learned, coumadin or warfarin is a very finicky medication. Unlike many medications whose levels in the blood only depend on taking the medication every day, warfarin levels depend on a number of factors including your diet (specifically the amount of vitamin K in your diet), your other medications (certain antibiotics for example can increase lev...
Jan 08, 2011 in the Preventive Medicine Expert Forum - 1
Hi, your question is difficult to answer without further information about you. Here is a quick link about the test itself: http://www.labtestsonline.org/understanding/analytes/hcg/test.html - Dr. Nundy
Jan 08, 2011 in the Preventive Medicine Expert Forum - 1
Thank you for your question. Using a standard cholesterol calculator, your LDL (or bad) cholesterol is 99.4. This is important. The current guidelines for cholesterol management are based largely on LDL cholesterol. As you may know, there are multiple types of cholesterol, among them HDL and LDL cholesterol. HDL is considered "good" cholesterol, the...
Nov 15, 2010 in the Preventive Medicine Expert Forum - 1
Thanks for your questions. 1. As far as I know there is no known "too low" triglyceride level. Cholesterol serves an important function in the body but studies that have looked at lowering cholesterol through medications have only shown that in general the lower the better. 2. No ideal range other than less than 150 mg/dl. 3. Hard to say. W...
Oct 30, 2010 in the Preventive Medicine Expert Forum - 1
Thanks for your question. However, your concerns are better addressed by a gynecologist. Endometrial stripe is a radiographic sign that measures the thickness of the endometrium. It is a common measurement in pelvic ultrasound and your value is in the normal range. Free fluid can be a sign of infection or abnormal blood, so not having it is good. Simple cysts...
Oct 30, 2010 in the Preventive Medicine Expert Forum - 4
Hi, your concerns are important. However, I feel they are better addressed by someone with expertise in endocrinology. Perhaps there is someone else at medhelp.org who can help, but better still would be a comprehensive face-to-face evaluation with your physician.