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Arthritis in the US: Time To Take Action

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  • Arthritis affects about 1 in 4 adults (54 million) in the United States. 
  • It is the leading cause of disability in the US. 24 million adults report limitations due to arthritis. 
  • The most common form of arthritis in the US is osteoarthritis. 
  • Arthritis makes it harder to manage heart disease, diabetes and obesity.
  • Being physically activate can reduce arthritis pain. 

Tips:

  1. Early diagnosis and appropriate management of arthritis can help people with the condition live well without pain.
  2. Exercise (swimming, biking, walking) regularly to stay healthy.
  3. Physical activity has been proven to reduce arthritis pain and restore function.
  4. Maintaining a healthy weight has been shown to decrease the risk of developing osteoarthritis and gout and may decrease disease progression and arthritis-related activity limitations.

    Source: CDC

Prediabetes Screening: How and Why?

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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

by Statcare Urgent Medical Care

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



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