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By Premier Medicine and Wellness
January 15, 2021
Category: Medical
Tags: COVID Vaccine  
COVID VaccineWe’ve been hearing a lot of news reports about the coronavirus vaccine. Perhaps you’ve seen them being administered on TV and you’re wondering whether you and your family should get vaccinated. You may have questions or even reservations about the vaccine. Here’s what we know so far about this new vaccine,
 
The Vaccine Supply is Limited
 
Since the supply of COVID-19 vaccines is limited it is first being given to first responders and healthcare workers who are on the front lines, as well as those working and living in long-term care facilities. In essence, this vaccine is being given to those who are most at risk for contracting the coronavirus at the moment.
 
As a larger supply of the vaccine becomes available within the US, the opportunity to get vaccinated will be an option for others. Those over 16 years old can get vaccinated, but the vaccine is not approved to be administered to,
  • Children and teens under 16 years old
  • Pregnant women
  • People with a history of severe allergic reactions
If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or planning to become pregnant you should talk with your doctor first about whether you should get vaccinated.

You Need Two Doses
 
The Pfizer vaccine is the vaccine that’s being administered to the majority of the population at the moment. The vaccine consists of two shots taken three weeks apart. The Moderna vaccine is also given as two doses administered 28 days apart. While both are fairly similar vaccines in how they work, as well as their efficacy, Moderna’s vaccine does not need to be stored in very cold temperatures, while the Pfizer vaccine does. Even after refrigeration, the Pfizer vaccine only has five days in the refrigerator before it expires.
 
The Safety and Effectiveness of the COVID-19 Vaccine
 
There are two COVID-19 vaccines: one developed by Moderna and the other vaccine developed by Pfizer. As of late, the FDA has confirmed that both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are equally effective, providing up to 95 percent protection against the coronavirus.

While the two COVID-19 vaccines have a high efficacy rate, patients of the trial did experience some side effects with the vaccine. Some of these side effects were similar to what you would experience with a cold or flu including,
  • Muscle and joint aches
  • Headaches
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Soreness at the injection site
However, these side effects are minor, particularly when compared to the symptoms of COVID-19. Tens of thousands of people participated in the COVID-19 vaccine study. The FDA has approved the vaccine to be safe and effective.

The CDC will continue to update their site with valuable information regarding the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as it becomes available. While it will take some time before the majority of the US is vaccinated, we understand that you may have questions, especially before getting vaccinated. Talk with your general medical practitioner today to find out if the COVID-19 vaccine is right for you.
By Premier Medicine and Wellness
December 29, 2020
Category: Wellness
Tags: Healthy Diet  
They say, “You are what you eat!" So, what does your diet say about you? Whether you’ve noticed that you are eating more sugar than usual these days and want to curb those cravings, or you want to give your diet a complete revamp, your general medical practitioner can provide you with helpful tips catered to your specific health and needs. Eat healthier, eat smarter. Here’s how:
 
Stay Away from Sugar

We all know that consuming sugar can have some pretty ill effects on our health. Sugar can lead to inflammation, which can also create a hospitable environment for disease. That’s because the foods we eat talk to our genes. So, grabbing that donut in the morning instead of making a nutrient-dense meal could increase your risk for certain diseases. Your doctor can provide you with helpful tips to help you kick your addiction to sugar. Trust us; it’s worth it!
 
Choose Real Foods

When we talk about “real food” we are talking about avoiding processed foods. This means that instead of reaching for that frozen meal or prepackaged dinner that you choose ingredients such as grass-fed meats, free-range organic eggs, and organic or locally grown vegetables and fruits. Avoid any highly processed foods with artificial ingredients. If you’re a seafood eater, it’s recommended that you choose wild-caught over farm-raised.
 
Know-How to Read Food Labels
It’s surprising how many people don’t even check nutrition labels before purchasing an item. You don’t even know what preservatives, sweeteners, and artificial ingredients you’re consuming if you aren’t reading your food labels. Here are some tips to help demystify what food labels are trying to tell you,
  • Check the serving size of the product and pay attention to how many servings there are in one package.
  • Determine the number of calories you would be consuming in a single serving.
  • Know that the percent Daily Values (DV) refers to an average 2,000 calorie diet. For example, a product that contains 20 percent Daily Values of carbs provides the person with 20 percent of the total carbs that a person who is adhering to a 2,000-calorie diet should consume in a day.
Here are some other helpful tips from the medical experts on what food labels are trying to tell you about certain products. It could help make you a more health-conscious and savvy shopper the next time you’re at the grocery store.
 
Say Yes to Slow Carbs

Yes, vegetables also contain some carbs, but this doesn’t mean you should avoid them. On the contrary, they are different from fast-releasing carb sources like white bread and white rice. These carbs are known as slow carbs. They have a low glycemic index and include veggies such as broccoli, asparagus, Brussel sprouts, mushrooms, kale, and cauliflower. Slow-release carbs can help satiate your appetite faster and help you stay fuller longer. Plus, veggies are chock full of vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants, so it’s really a win-win.
 
A healthy diet can go a long way to preventing disease and helping you lead a long, healthy life. Of course, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to the perfect diet. Your general medicine doctor can help guide you in making healthier food choices that actually stick.
By Premier Medicine and Wellness
December 10, 2020
Category: Wellness
Staying Safe During the HolidaysThe holiday season can be an exciting time spent with family and friends in front of cozy fireplaces, enjoying delicious treats, and making memories. Of course, this year in particular our general medicine practitioners want to make sure you plan when it comes to holiday gatherings and celebrations to keep both you and your family safe.
 
Enforce Proper Hygiene
One of the best ways to prevent the spread of germs is to wash your hands properly and often. You should be washing your hands for at least 20 seconds (sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice to know that you’ve washed properly). Make sure to also wash under the nails and between your fingers. If you don’t have access to soap and water, make sure to at least use hand sanitizer until you can wash your hands.
 
Get Stress Under Control
We know, easier said than done right? But doctors know just how stressful the holiday season is, especially this year. It’s important to still find ways to connect and support one another. Schedule Skype or Zoom calls with family and friends, make sure that you are getting proper sleep, and limiting alcohol and junk food. Also, take some time every day for you to practice some self-care. This could mean reading a book or simply soaking in a warm bath.
 
Practice Healthy Eating Habits
We know that the holidays are a time of delicious gluttony and that you want to be able to enjoy and imbibe how you want. While we don’t blame you, we also know that consuming lots of alcohol and eating rich foods that are high in fat, salt, and sugar could leave you dealing with a load of problems from diarrhea and headaches to nausea and even holiday heart syndrome (caused by excess alcohol). So, we recommend eating treats and drinks in moderation and to fill up on some of those healthier foods first.
 
Keep Gatherings Small
With Covid-19, we also know that we need to minimize contact with others to prevent exposure to the virus. This may mean avoiding certain holiday events this year or creating more intimate gatherings with only your immediate family. Make sure to wear your mask, practice social distancing, and to be respectful of others this time of year, especially if you plan to travel.
 
Remember, the holiday season is not a time to become lax on hygiene. Our medical team wishes you and your family a safe, healthy, and happy holiday season. We know that this year may look a lot different from years past, but we hope you can still make beautiful, festive memories.
By Premier Medicine and Wellness
November 25, 2020
Category: Wellness
Tags: Diabetes   Healthy Diet  
Taking Care of Your Body When You Have DiabetesWhether you’ve just been diagnosed with diabetes or you’ve been living with diabetes for years, you must be living a healthy lifestyle to prevent possible complications that come along with having diabetes. Fortunately, with the right general medicine doctor on your side, we can help you gain control over your diabetes and help you live a full, healthy life. Here are some things you can start doing to improve your health with diabetes.

Say “Yes” to a Healthy Diet

Your diet is one of the most important factors when it comes to maintaining healthy blood sugar levels. Your doctor can talk to you about the do’s and don’ts of a diabetic-friendly diet or recommend a dietitian that can also work with you to create meal plans. Your diet should be high in fiber, fresh fruits and vegetables, and whole grains while avoiding foods that are high in fat, sugar, and salt.

Start Exercising Regularly

Exercise is one of the easiest ways to help those with diabetes keep weight and blood sugar down while improving the health and function of the heart and lungs. Plus, exercise can help you combat fatigue and boost energy levels (something that we know our diabetic patients deal with regularly).

Everyone should get at least 30 minutes of moderately intense aerobic exercise every day. This includes everything from housework to biking or swimming. If you’re new to working out, you must consult your general medical doctor to discuss safe ways to start incorporating exercise into your routine.

Take Your Medication Every Day

You must be taking your diabetes medication exactly as instructed by your general medicine physician. You should also be monitoring your blood sugar every day to make sure that the medication is working. It may take some trial and error to figure out the right medication to keep your blood sugar in check, so you must be monitoring your blood sugar and visiting your doctor if levels don’t improve.

If you have questions about your diabetes, current diabetes treatment, or your lifestyle, your general medicine physician is always here to answer your questions and make sure that you are on a healthy path.
By Premier Medicine and Wellness
November 10, 2020
Category: Medical
How Your Health Changes as You Get OlderAs we get older, we also grow wiser. We may also notice a few grey hairs and wrinkles around the eyes too. Of course, we are experiencing more than just changes to our physical appearance as we age. Our bodies are also changing, which means that you need a general medicine doctor that understands what tailored and individualized care you need to stay healthy at all stages of your life.

Seniors are more at risk for:

Arthritis

Arthritis is incredibly common, affecting millions of people over the age of 65. Arthritis can lead to severe and chronic joint pain and stiffness, as well as cause limited mobility. Those with arthritis may have trouble completing certain day-to-day tasks such as brushing their teeth or driving.

If you suspect that you might have arthritis you must see a general medicine doctor who can provide you with medication and lifestyle changes designed to slow the progression of the disease and to prevent severe joint damage.

Heart disease

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women in the US. Those with high blood pressure or high cholesterol are also more at risk of developing heart disease. Fortunately, simple lifestyle changes can greatly reduce your risk, so talk with your doctor about dietary changes, exercise, and other ways to improve the health of your heart.

Diabetes

According to the CDC, 25 percent of people 65 and older have diabetes, which equates to around 12 million seniors. Diabetes can have a serious impact on just about every system in the body, from the eyes to the feet, so you must visit your doctor at least once a year for bloodwork. If you notice symptoms of diabetes you should also schedule an appointment with your doctor. Diabetes can be properly controlled through a healthy lifestyle and medications to control blood sugar.

Osteoporosis

Middle age brings with it weakening, brittle bones, which can also increase the risk for fractures. Calcium is incredibly important for healthy bones, so talk with your doctor about whether you should be taking calcium supplements or vitamin D, as well as determining simple ways to incorporate more calcium into your diet. Vitamin D can be found in fortified cereals, tuna, and egg yolks; however, a supplement may be the best way to absorb this important vitamin.

You must find a doctor that truly listens to your needs and concerns. If you are worried about your risk for heart disease or want to talk with a doctor about ways to incorporate exercise safely into your daily routine, talk with your general medical practitioner today.




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