- Children and teens under 16 years old
- Pregnant women
- People with a history of severe allergic reactions
You Need Two Doses
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
- Soreness at the injection site
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.
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!
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
Seniors are more at risk for:
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 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.
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.
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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