Thomas August Alfreda Jr., DO

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Thomas August Alfreda Jr., DO

Full name: Thomas August Alfreda Jr., DO

Age: 39


Hometown: New Castle, PA

Specialty: Internal Medicine Specialist, Hospice Medical Director

Place of Practice: Las Vegas, NV

Why did you want to become a doctor?

I used to watch St. Elsewhere with my mother as a child.

 

What sets you apart from other doctors in your field?

I’m a normal guy. I listen to what my patients have to say, and I have a lot of fun with them. 

What are your 5 tips for living longer?

1. Have sex. Lots of sex. As much as you can, no matter how old you are. Just make sure that you protect yourself.

2. Take time for yourself. Do what you enjoy doing.  This helps with overall well-being, and others around you will benefit.

3. Stay on a schedule. Eat, work, play, sleep.

4. Find a hobby you enjoy, then you won’t focus on other feelings of illness.

5. Everything in moderation.

4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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