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10 Ways To Never Get Another UTI

by Statcare Urgent Medical Care

The urinary tract includes the kidneys (which filter the blood to produce urine), the ureters (the tubes that carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder), the bladder (which stores urine), and the urethra (the tube that carries urine from the bladder to the outside). A urinary tract infection (UTI) is caused by bacteria that enter the urinary tract.

You can take these steps to reduce the risk of UTIs.

  1. Drink plenty of fluids (at least three to four glasses of water each day) to help flush bacteria out of the urinary tract.
  2. Practice good personal hygiene. Always wipe from front to back.
  3. Empty your bladder completely as soon as you feel the urge, or at least every three hours.
  4. Empty your bladder soon after sexual intercourse. Also, drink a glass of water.
  5. Get plenty of vitamin C. It makes urine acidic and helps keep bacteria down.
  6. Wear cotton underwear. Bacteria grows better in moist places. Cotton does not trap moisture.
  7. Avoid potentially irritating feminine products. Using deodorant sprays or other feminine products, such as douches and powders, in the genital area can irritate the urethra.
  8. Diaphragms, unlubricated or spermicide-treated condoms, can also contribute to bacterial growth. Using an alternate birth control method is suggested.
  9. Postmenopausal women who develop recurrent UTIs may benefit from using vaginal estrogen.
  10. Taking cranberry juice or cranberry tablets has been promoted as another way to help prevent recurrent UTIs. However, several studies demonstrate no benefit with cranberry and those studies showing that cranberry reduce the risk of recurrent UTIs are not convincing.

The typical symptoms of a UTI include:

  • pain or burning when urinating
  • frequent need to urinate
  • urgent need to urinate
  • blood in the urine
  • discomfort in the lower abdomen

If you experience any of these symptoms, stop by any of our clinics, we will do an in-house urinalysis on site. The results will be available in less than 5 minutes. Your urine may also be sent to the lab for culture based on the results. If an antibiotic is necessary, we will send it over to your pharmacy. 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.


7 ways to stay healthy when you sit at a desk all day

by Statcare Urgent Medical Care

We spend at least one third of our lives at work, so developing healthy habits in the office can help improve our quality of life. Although it is not always possible to stand while you work or spend your weekend on your feet, sitting all day long can have detrimental health effects, including increased risk of heart disease and muscle degeneration. Here are simple, practical tips you can start using today to stay healthy at work.

1. Take hourly breaks. Every hour, get up from your desk and go for a quick walk anywhere (furthest room, copy machine, colleague's desk). Just move. Set alarms on your computer or mobile device to take breaks.

2. Organize your office. Use your time filing to stand up and move around your office. Don't roll your chair around your office to get to your filing cabinets.

3. Pick a good chair. A good chair provides adequate back support, which can help reduce stress on your back muscles and lessen your chances of back pain. Good posture is important, as bad posture can cause pain and even fatigue.

4. Eat healthy snacks. Instead of buying candy bars or "health" bars (which are loaded with sugar), keep handy a stash of dry fruit or nuts.

5. Hit the water. Get yourself a reusable water bottle and keep it on your desk. Drink at least one full bottle before lunch, and one full one before you go home at the end of the day. 

6. Give your eyes a break. An average of four five-minute breaks a day in addition to your usual ones not only reduces eye and muscle strain, but significantly improves your overall efficiency.

7. Schedule your weekly fitness on Sunday night. Studies show that scheduling what you eat and when and how you exercise is the best way to stick to a healthy lifestyle. Write it down!

10. Wake up earlier.

The easiest way to work more fitness into the day is with a DVD (yoga, cardio, strength training). Get moving before the rest of the world wakes up!

10. Wake up earlier.

The easiest way to work more fitness into the day is with a DVD (yoga, cardio, strength training). Get moving before the rest of the world wakes up!

10. Wake up earlier.

The easiest way to work more fitness into the day is with a DVD (yoga, cardio, strength training). Get moving before the rest of the world wakes up!

10. Wake up earlier.

The easiest way to work more fitness into the day is with a DVD (yoga, cardio, strength training). Get moving before the rest of the world wakes up!


Could you be diabetic and not know it? : 3 signs

by Statcare Urgent Medical Care

Diabetes is a disease in which blood glucose levels are above normal. Diabetes can cause serious health complications including heart disease, blindness, kidney failure, and lower-extremity amputations. Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.

As per the 2014 National Diabetes Statistics Report, 29.1 million people or 9.3% of the US population have diabetes. 

Diagnosed: 21.0 million people
Undiagnosed: 8.1 million people (27.8% of people with diabetes are undiagnosed).

Three symptoms you can't ignore:

1) Frequent and or excessive urination: When you have diabetes, excess sugar (glucose) builds up in your blood. The kidneys have to work really hard to filter and absorb all that extra glucose. During this time, the excess glucose gets excreted into the urine, soaking up fluids drawn from your tissues. This leads to abnormally high urine output. A persistent need to urinate, especially if you have to get up at night to use the bathroom is something that you need to take seriously.

2) Feeling more thirsty: Due to frequent urination, the body becomes dehydrated, making you feel very thirsty. If you drink sugary beverages like soda or juice to quench this thirst, more sugar enters the body leading to more thirst. 

3) Hunger pangs: When people suffer from diabetes, they feel more hungry than usual and tend to eat more. This happens because the body cannot regulate glucose that your cells use for energy. When the cells are deprived of glucose, your body automatically looks for more sources of fuel, causing persistent hunger. In addition, eating more will not get rid of the feeling of hunger in people with undiagnosed or uncontrolled diabetes, as this will just further elevate the blood sugar level.

Each one of these symptoms can have other causes as well. If you notice any of these symptoms, it is best to get your HbA1c level checked. Stop by any of our clinics to get your level checked. 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.

Source: CDC


Warning signs of a Heart Attack

by Statcare Urgent Medical Care
Don’t wait to get help if you experience any of these heart attack warning signs. Although some heart attacks are sudden and intense, most start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Pay attention to your body — and call 911 if you feel:
  1. Pain or discomfort in chest
  2. Lightheadedness, nausea or vomiting
  3. Jaw, neck or back pain
  4. Discomfort or pain in arm or shoulder
  5. Shortness of breath

Act Fast

Learn the signs, but remember this: Even if you're not sure it's a heart attack, have it checked out. Minutes matter! Fast action can save lives — maybe your own. Don't wait - call 911 or your emergency response number.


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