Posts for: January, 2020
Take important steps now to ensure a lifetime of good health.
According to the CDC, approximately 7 out of 10 Americans die each year from chronic diseases that could have been prevented just by leading a healthy lifestyle and getting proper medical care. Preventive medical care is important for everyone, no matter whether you have a family history of chronic disorder or not, as it allows our Silver Spring, MD, family providers to catch problems early on when they are much easier to treat.
What does preventive care entail?
The healthcare industry has been focusing its attention on the importance of preventive care for some time now. That’s because it’s far easier and certainly less expensive to provide patients with the care they need on a routine basis to maintain good health and to prevent illnesses, injuries and diseases from happening in the future.
When most people think of preventive care they think about their everyday habits, particularly diet and exercise. Now, getting regular physical activity and eating a healthy, balanced diet can certainly go a long way to maintaining good health. Other preventive measures also include losing excess weight (if you are overweight or obese), limiting alcohol, managing stress and quitting smoking.
Of course, our Silver Spring, MD, providers can also provide you with additional preventive health measures. These include annual physical exams and checkups, blood tests (to detect certain diseases), immunizations, screenings and counseling. Our team is your one-stop-shop for all routine and preventive medical care.
What are the benefits of preventive care?
You can probably think of a few benefits of preventive care. Some of these benefits include:
Getting sick less and staying healthier: Through simple tests and screenings not only can we determine whether you are at an increased risk for certain disorders, but it can also help reduce your risk through simple lifestyle modifications. Preventive care can ensure that you stay healthy as often as possible and that any illnesses you do face are detected early and treated.
Save money: This is an important benefit for our patients. After all, a simple annual checkup with your provider could help you prevent chronic and serious diseases that may result in more extensive and long-term medical care, prescription medications or hospitalizations. Better yet, most preventive medical care is covered under insurance.
Save lives: From the moment a baby is born they will need to get immunizations to protect against many communicable and potentially dangerous illnesses. Of course, immunizations aren’t just for children, but also teens and adults, as well. Staying up-to-date on your immunizations protects you and members of the community.
If you are looking for a family physician in Silver Spring, MD, that can provide you with unparalleled preventive medical care then call Exceptional Primary & Preventive Healthcare today at (301) 587-6464 to schedule your next appointment.
Don’t try to kick the addiction on your own. We are here for you.
Opioids are a prescription medication often used to manage severe and chronic pain. It numbs the pain and creates feelings of euphoria. As you can imagine, this leads to a high potential for opioid abuse and addiction. In fact, according to the NIH, over 2.5 million Americans suffer from opioid use disorder. If you are dealing with opioid misuse or know someone who is our Silver Spring, MD, doctors have helped patients overcome their addiction and can help you, too.
Common types of opioids include oxycodone, fentanyl, buprenorphine, hydrocodone, codeine and morphine. Heroin is also an illegal form of opioids. If you are misusing opioids this simply means that you are taking the medication without following your doctor’s instructions. You may be using them more often than prescribed or taking them from someone who has been prescribed this medication.
The signs and symptoms of opioid addiction include:
- Taking the drug in larger doses or for a longer period than intended
- Having difficulty cutting back or controlling your usage
- Strong cravings for the drug
- Not meeting duties and obligations at work, school or home
- Continual usage despite warnings and awareness of risks
A family history of substance abuse can also increase your risk for dependence.
The problem with opioid abuse is that when a person tries to quit they can experience serious and unpleasant withdrawal symptoms including:
- Rapid heart rate
- Flu-like symptoms
- Nausea and vomiting
- Cold sweats
- Muscles aches and spasms
This is why it’s important to turn to a doctor who will be able to guide you through the recovery process to reduce the likelihood of serious side effects. Of course, trying to treat the addiction yourself isn’t the best approach, as there is a high probability of relapse with opioid addiction. Our medical team can help you or a loved one by creating the proper and customized treatment plan they need. Common treatment options include:
- Medications to ease withdrawal symptoms during the detox phase
- Injections to reduce cravings and to reduce the risk for relapse
- Long-term maintenance medications to help kick the addiction
- Counseling to provide support and guidance
Are you or someone you love dealing with opioid addiction in Silver Spring, MD? If so, Exceptional Primary & Preventive Healthcare can help. Call our office today at (301) 587-6464 to schedule an appointment that could get you on step closer to leading an addiction-free life.
Understand the best strategies for diabetes management.
As of 2015, approximately 30.3 million Americans have diabetes. The shocking statistic lies in the fact that of the 30.3 million adults with diabetes, as many as 7.2 million adults is undiagnosed. There are also 1.5 million Americans diagnosed with diabetes every year. Diabetes can cause severe complications if left untreated, which is why it’s important to have a team of providers that you trust to provide you with care. If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes or suspect that you might have it, our Silver Spring, MD, provider Florence (NP) can help you get your condition under control.
What are the symptoms of diabetes?
It’s important to recognize the warning signs of diabetes. These signs and symptoms include:
- Unexpected weight loss or gain
- Blurry vision
- Wounds and injuries that are slow to heal
- Excessive thirst
- Frequent urination
- Numbness or tingling in the hands and feet
While these symptoms aren’t always caused by diabetes it’s important to turn to our Silver Spring, MD, physician to rule it out. The sooner diabetes is diagnosed the sooner our provider can create at treatment plan to get your symptoms under control and to prevent complications.
The best way to manage your symptoms is to control your blood sugar levels, which requires medication. Diabetes medication can ensure that your blood sugar levels stay in a healthy, normal range. Of course, finding the right medication can take time and our medical team is happy to work with you to find the right medications to manage your diabetes.
Along with medication there are also lifestyle changes you should make to reduce your risk for diabetes-related complications. These lifestyle changes may include:
- Getting regular exercise
- Eating a healthy, balanced diet (your provider can help you create a diabetes-safe meal plan)
- Quitting smoking
- Avoiding alcohol
- Reducing stress
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Checking your blood glucose levels daily
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and taking your medications as prescribed as invaluable to someone with diabetes. Uncontrolled blood sugar levels can negatively impact just about every system in the body and can lead to serious complications including amputation. To reduce your risk for life-threatening complications it’s important to have a provider that you can turn to regularly for care and treatment.
If you or someone you know is dealing with uncontrolled diabetes the medical team at Exceptional Primary & Preventive Healthcare in Silver Spring, MD, can help manage your condition for life to improve your quality of life. Call us today at (301) 587-6464.