About 1 in 10 Americans have diabetes according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and numbers seem to be rising. That's why proper diabetes education is important. Your provider, Florence Odubayo (NP) and Victoria Bassey (NP) of Exceptional Primary & Preventive Healthcare in Silver Spring, MD, will share all you need to know about diabetes.
What is Diabetes?
Diabetes mellitus is a chronic health condition characterized by your body's inability to take sugar into the cells for energy. It could be due to resistance to the hormone insulin or insufficient insulin production.
Types of Diabetes
Type 1 diabetes: Known also as Insulin-dependent diabetes, type 1 diabetes develops due to the destruction of the insulin-producing beta cells of the pancreas. Therefore, there's insufficient production of insulin. Type 1 diabetes could affect anyone at any age but is more prevalent in children and young adults.
Type 2 diabetes: Type 2 diabetes develops due to resistance of the target cells to insulin. Therefore, there's insulin produced but it's just not working. Type 2 diabetes typically develops past age 30 in overweight or obese people but could develop in some younger people.
Gestational diabetes: Gestational diabetes develops in pregnant women. It could be due to insufficient production of insulin or the action of pregnancy hormones.
Gestational diabetes is usually temporary and goes away at the end of the pregnancy. Kids born to mothers who experienced gestational diabetes might have a higher chance of developing diabetes later in life.
Symptoms of Diabetes
Some of these signs are common to type 1 and type 2 diabetes. If you're experiencing these signs, you should check in with your health care provider.
- Frequent urination
- Unexplained weight loss
- Feeling weak and tired
- Increased thirst
- Sores that heal slowly
- Unexplained infections
- Tingling and numbness in hands or feet
Managing Diabetes in Silver Spring, MD.
There's no cure for diabetes currently, but you can live a long healthy life with proper management.
Lifestyle changes. Making a few changes to your lifestyle is important if you want to keep your diabetes under control. Changing your lifestyle can also help your provider prevent the progression of your pre-diabetes to diabetes.
These changes include:
- Weight loss
- Blood pressure and glucose monitoring
- Quit smoking
- Stress management
- Limit alcohol consumption
- Eat a healthy diet low in refined carbs
Medication. Your provider can help you manage diabetes with the right medication to control your blood sugar.
Insulin. If you've got type 1 diabetes, taking insulin to replace your deficient hormone is vital.
If you want to learn more about managing diabetes in Silver Spring, MD, call (301) 587-6464 to schedule a consultation with Florence Odubayo (NP) and Victoria Bassey (NP) of Exceptional Primary & Preventive Healthcare in Silver Spring, MD, today.
It’s important for everyone to get the help they need for opioid addiction. Know the signs.
In Maryland alone, nearly 90 percent of drug overdose deaths involved opioids in 2018. Opioid addiction is a serious problem and one that has been getting more and more attention here in Maryland over the last couple of years. It’s important for people with opioid addiction and their families to know that we offer opioid addiction treatment right here at our Silver Spring, MD, practice.
What are opioids?
Opioids are a class of strong prescription painkillers that are used to treat more severe forms of pain. Common types include oxycodone and hydrocodone (Vicodin), as well as morphine.
What are the signs of opioid addiction?
If you suspect that someone you know may have an opioid addiction, or is abusing opioids, you may be curious to know some of the warning signs. It is possible for some people to have an addiction but never show signs. However, over time you may start to notice the following:
- Weight loss
- Sleep habit changes
- Poor hygiene
- Persistent or recurring flu-like symptoms
- Financial problems
- Persistent drowsiness
- Isolating from friends and families
We can diagnose and provide treatment for opioid abuse and addiction. Physical dependency can occur in those with opioid addiction, and they may experience severe withdrawal symptoms that can prevent them from safely getting off the drug. This isn’t always the case, as some people may not have any physical dependence, which can make it more difficult to stop opioid use.
How is opioid addiction treated?
Most opioid treatment plans will prescribe a medication that is used to reduce and prevent withdrawal symptoms to make getting off the opioid easier. Common medications include buprenorphine, methadone, or naltrexone. There are certain factors that will determine which medication is right for you. We offer outpatients opioid addiction services to those living in and around Silver Spring, MD. We provide our patients with the support, therapy, counseling, and monitoring they need to prevent relapse. We also make it possible for our patients to manage their symptoms through medications and other outlets of support from the comfort of their homes.
If you or someone you love is dealing with opioid addiction, it’s time to seek help. You don’t have to do this alone. Exceptional Primary & Preventive Healthcare and its providers are dedicated to helping patients get healthy and live their best life. Call us at (301) 587-6464 to learn more about the opioid addiction treatment options we offer here in Silver Spring, MD.
Have you considered seeing an internal medicine doctor? Physicians who practice internal medicine are qualified to screen for, diagnose, and treat a wide range of medical conditions, illnesses, and diseases. In some cases, there is no need to see an additional specialist when the internal medicine doctor can treat your specific condition. We offer internal medicine at Exceptional Primary & Preventive Healthcare in Silver Spring where our exceptional providers, Florence Odubayo, Victoria Bassey, and Busola Odubayo, can help you achieve better health.
Internal Medicine and Internists
Internal medicine is a medical specialty that deals with the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of internal diseases, such as asthma, diabetes, or hypertension. Doctors who practice internal medicine are often referred to as internists. It is beneficial to see an internal medicine doctor periodically since they diagnose and treat a wide range of conditions.
You might even consider choosing a doctor who practices internal medicine to be your primary care physician. Since internists treat many types of medical conditions, there is often no need for a referral to another specialist. The internist can recommend and implement the treatment approach best suited to your condition and needs.
Conditions Treated by an Internist
The skilled providers at our office in Silver Spring provide internal medicine services. They can help you take steps to prevent various health conditions. If a medical concern does develop, our internal medicine team can diagnose the problem and develop a treatment plan tailored to your specific diagnosis and needs. Examples of some of the conditions treated by our internists include:
- Ear infections
- Abdominal pain
- Nausea and vomiting
- Diarrhea or constipation
- Respiratory infections
- Heart disease
In addition to diagnosing and treating various illnesses and diseases, internists also provide preventive care. They can help you establish healthy lifestyle habits, as well as make safe dietary and exercise recommendations to prevent certain diseases. Additionally, they are qualified to perform various screenings to check for the early warning signs of various cancers and other conditions.
There are numerous benefits to seeing an internal medicine doctor. They can help you prevent certain illnesses and diseases, but also provide treatment for any conditions that might develop. To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors of internal medicine, call Exceptional Primary & Preventive Healthcare in Silver Spring at (301) 587-6464.
Diabetes management is a balancing act that requires mindfulness and awareness. If you’re having problems managing your diabetes—don’t fret. Our providers here at Exceptional Primary & Preventive Healthcare in Silver Spring MD, Florence Odubayo (NP), and Victoria Bassey (NP) can help you keep your blood sugar levels within a healthy range. Meanwhile, know which specific factors could wreak havoc on your blood sugar levels and how you can try to take control of them.
Healthy eating is crucial whether you’re a diabetic or not. If you have diabetes, however, you should be aware of how food impacts your blood sugar. Keep in mind that it’s just not about what you eat, but the combinations of foods you eat as well as how much.
You should likewise learn about portion sizes, and carb and calorie counting, along with avoiding artificially-sweetened drinks. Additionally, you must ensure that all your meals are well-balanced and that you carefully coordinate your medications and meals. If you are having difficulty securing your nutritional imbalance, talk to your Silver Spring MD provider today.
When you do any kind of physical activity, your muscles utilize sugar to give you an energy boost. Regular exercise likewise helps the body utilize insulin more effectively. Make sure to ask your provider in Silver Spring MD about exercises you can do safely. Likewise, always check your blood glucose levels before and after any physical activity to ensure that they’re in the safe zone.
Diabetes medications, including insulin, are developed to decrease or control your blood sugar levels if physical activity and diet are not enough to manage your condition. The efficacy of these medicines relies on the dosage and timing. It’s also important to note that other medicines for underlying health issues could also impact your blood glucose levels.
Being stressed can cause your body to produce hormones that spike up your blood glucose levels due to prolonged stress. You need to find out how stress impacts your levels so you can learn to manage them before it causes more issues for you.
First, ask your doctor if you can even drink alcohol since alcohol could reduce your blood sugar levels for as much as 24 hours. If you must, select your drinks carefully and on a full stomach. Check our levels after drinking to check that they’re not dangerously low.
For Help Managing Your Diabetes, Reach Out to Us
Call (301) 587-6464 to book a visit with our providers Florence Odubayo (NP) and Victoria Bassey (NP) here at Exceptional Primary & Preventive Healthcare in Silver Spring, MD.
Here’s what you should do if you suspect that you might have Covid-19.
Even though allergies are flaring up this time of year and we are exposed to tons of viruses every day, we know that when someone starts developing respiratory symptoms these days that their first thoughts turn to coronavirus. Wondering whether you should turn to our Silver Spring, MD, providers, Florence Odubayo and Victoria Bassey for a symptom evaluation or to find out if you should get tested? Here are some things you should know first,
What are the symptoms of coronavirus?
Despite what it might seem like from the news, most people who develop coronavirus will only experience mild symptoms. These symptoms will usually appear about 2-14 days after being exposed and the most common symptoms include,
- Dry cough
- Muscle aches and pains
- Shortness of breath
- Sore throat
- Loss of taste or smell
Some people have also reported gastrointestinal problems including diarrhea. These GI symptoms may be present on their own or in conjunction with respiratory symptoms.
How do I know that I have coronavirus?
There are some ways to determine whether you may have been exposed to Covid-19. Here are some things to consider,
- Have you recently been around someone who tested positive for coronavirus?
- Have you traveled to or visited an area with a high number of coronavirus cases?
- Are you at high risk for coronavirus (e.g. senior citizens; those with chronic diseases)?
When should I see a doctor?
Contrary to what you might think, if you are experiencing mild respiratory symptoms most providers in and around Silver Spring, MD, will tell you to avoid coming into the office. This is because they want to contain the virus, just in case the patient does test positive. Therefore, symptoms like a running nose, sore throat, body aches and fever do not warrant coming into the office. Do not leave your house. Give us a call and we will help you determine the next steps.
However, if you are experiencing a true medical emergency please call 911 or head directly to your nearest emergency room.
Who should get tested for Covid-19?
Wondering whether you should get the Covid-19 antibody test or not? While this is something that our providers would be happy to discuss with you over the phone, you may benefit from getting tested if,
- You are a hospital or healthcare work with symptoms
- You are living in a long-term care facility (e.g. nursing home; assisted living) and develop symptoms
- You have possible symptoms of Covid-19 infection
- You’ve been exposed to or come into contact with someone who tested positive for Covid-19
The CDC outlines, in further detail, who should get tested for coronavirus. Remember that even if you have the antibodies this doesn’t necessarily mean that you are immune to Covid-19.
Exceptional Primary & Preventive Healthcare in Silver Spring, MD, is your premiere provider, providing screenings and answering any questions you may have about Covid-19. If you have questions or concerns about your health or the health of a loved one, give us a call at (301) 587-6464.
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