Dr. Thomas Wells

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November is Diabetes Awareness Month and more than 30 million Americans have the disease. Health officials say two out of three people with diabetes die from heart disease or stroke.

Unfortunately, the numbers in Georgia are worse.

“Roughly nine percent of the nation is diabetic. In the state of Georgia, the statistics roughly were from 10 to 12 percent of the population. As far as prediabetes estimates are around 33%.”

That’s Dr. Thomas Wells, Regional Medical Director for Primary Care with Piedmont Athens Regional Hospital.

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This flu season has many health experts in Athens and around the nation concerned about a possible ‘twindemic’ of people possibly getting both the flu and COVID-19 this year. Dr. Thomas Wells is an internal medicine specialist at Piedmont Athens Regional Hospital.  


“We have the concern about flu and COVID actively circulating in the community, people can be co-effected.”

Officials say the flu usually peaks between December and February, but it can last into May.  

Both illnesses have similar symptoms but need different treatment.