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Prediabetes Screening: How and Why?

by Statcare Urgent Medical Care

Prediabetes is a condition in which blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not quite high enough to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes. 1 in 3 U.S. adults have prediabetes. Most don't know know it. Having prediabetes means that you are at an increased risk of developing serious health problems such as type 2 diabetes, stroke and heart disease.

You could have prediabetes if you have:

  • high cholesterol
  • high blood pressure
  • a parent, brother or sister with diabetes

Your risk goes up if you are overweight, and/or over age 45.

The Science of Prediabetes

Insulin is a hormone made in the pancreas and released into the bloodstream. When the body breaks down carbohydrates from the food we eat into glucose, also known as blood sugar, insulin helps the body's cells absorb the glucose and use it for energy.

If the cells that respond to insulin lose sensitivity, a condition known as insulin resistance develops. When people have insulin resistance, although the body still produces insulin, it is not used effectively, causing glucose to build up in the blood instead of being absorbed by cells. This increase in blood glucose leads to prediabetes, and eventually type 2 diabetes, if left untreated.

The American Diabetes Association recommends one of the 3 screening tests to diagnose prediabetes:

  1. Hemoglobin A1C (HbA1C) test
  2. Fasting plasma glucose (FPG) test
  3. Oral glucose tolerance (OGTT) test

We offer all 3 screening tests to diagnose prediabetes at our clinics. No appointment is necessary and you’ll only wait minutes to be seen. You can call ahead at (855) 9 FOR DOC and let us know you’re on the way or you can check in online.


What To Do If You Fall?

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Whether you're at home or somewhere else, a sudden fall can be startling and upsetting. Falls are the most common cause of injury among those aged 65 and over. 50% of falls occur at home.

  1. Remain calm and determine if you are hurt. Take several deep breaths.
  2. Roll over slowly and try to sit up.
  3. Look for the nearest sturdy furniture. 
  4. Kneel if you can, getting up on one knee at a time.
  5. Then, stand up using your stronger leg, and use the sturdy furniture for support.
  6. Turn carefully, and sit down.
  7. If you cannot get up: Call for help. If you are alone, crawl slowly towards the telephone and call 911 or relatives. It is important to keep at least one phone where it can be reached from the floor.
  8. Treat all falls as serious! A fall can be a symptom of a serious issue. Schedule an appointment with your healthcare provider.
Walk-in to any of our clinics and schedule a consultation. No appointment is necessary at our clinics and you’ll only wait minutes to be seen. You can call ahead at (855) 9 FOR DOC and let us know you’re on the way or you can check in online.

Recognizing Alzheimer's Disease

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Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia. It is a progressive disease, where dementia symptoms gradually worsen over a number of years. It involves parts of the brain that control thought, memory and language.

In 2013, as many as 5 million Americans were living with Alzheimer’s disease. It is not a normal part of aging. The greatest known risk factor is increasing age. Changes in the brain can begin years before the first symptoms appear.

According to the National Institute on Aging, in addition to memory problems, someone with Alzheimer's disease may experience one or more of the following signs:

  • Gets lost.
  • Has trouble handling money and paying bills.
  • Repeats questions.
  • Takes longer to complete normal daily tasks.
  • Displays poor judgment.
  • Loses things or misplacing them in odd places.
  • Displays mood and personality changes.

Source: CDC



Are You Protected Against Measles? Get Tested!

by Statcare Urgent Medical Care

The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) announced this past week that a tourist, who had been confirmed to have measles, visited Niagara Falls on May 11 and May 12, 2017 and may have potentially exposed others to measles.

Measles can be serious. The common presenting symptoms are fever, rash, runny nose and red eyes. It can cause serious health complications.

Complications:

  • ear infection (otitis media)
  • lung infection (penumonia, bronchitis)
  • diarrhea
  • brain swelling/damage

According to the CDC:

  • about 1 in 4 people in the U.S. who get measles will be hospitalized.
  • 1 out of every 1,000 people with measles will develop brain swelling/damage.
  • 1 or 2 out of 1,000 people with measles will die, even with the best care.

People at high risk of complications:

  • infants and children < 5 years of age
  • adults aged > 20 years of age
  • pregnant women
  • people with compromised immune systems like leukemia, HIV

Measles spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It is so contagious that if one person has it, 9 out of 10 people around him or her will also become infected if they are not protected.

Measles was declared eliminated from the U.S. in 2000 thanks to a highly effective vaccination program. It is no longer constantly present in this country. However, measles is still common in many parts of the world. Even if your family does not travel internationally, you could come into contact with measles anywhere in the community.

The best protection against measles is measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine. MMR vaccine provides long-lasting protection against all strains of measles. 2 doses of the vaccine are recommended for best protection.

Walk-in to any of our clinics to get tested for immunity against measles (blood-work) . We also offer the MMR vaccine. No appointment is necessary at our clinics and you’ll only wait minutes to be seen. You can call ahead at (855) 9 FOR DOC and let us know you’re on the way or you can check in online.


Was It A Medication Allergy Or A Side Effect?

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A true allergic reaction to a medication occurs when the immune system is activated in response to a drug. The medication can be taken by mouth, injected into the body (by any route) or rubbed on the skin. The symptoms from an allergic reaction vary from a mild rash to sudden swelling of many body parts with life threatening fall in blood pressure.

Most people with a medication allergy have been exposed to the medication or a similar medication (same class) before. During the earlier exposure, immune cells formed antibodies against the drug. Antibodies are proteins created by the immune system to battle bacteria/viruses. When a person is exposed to the medication again, the antibodies go into action, setting off the allergic response. The symptoms of medication allergy may happen immediately or after taking the medication for a week or more.

Many people are sensitive to medications, but not all of these sensitivities are true allergic reactions. Some adverse reactions to medications are side effects. Among the most common side effects are diarrhea, vomiting, fever and a skin reaction to sunlight called photo-sensitivity. However, medication allergies are not the same as side effects. Side effects do not involve the immune system, and sometimes can be avoided by lowering the dose. In order for the reaction to be an allergy, the immune system must be involved.

Walk-in to any of our clinics and talk to our healthcare providers. We also offer blood allergy testing at all our clinics. No appointment is necessary at our clinics and you’ll only wait minutes to be seen. You can call ahead at (855) 9 FOR DOC and let us know you’re on the way or you can check in online.

Symptoms of an acute severe allergic reaction such as rapid pulse, labored breathing and facial swelling require an immediate visit to an emergency care facility.


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