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By Premier Medicine and Wellness
July 17, 2020
Category: Wellness
Tags: Sunscreen   Sun Rays   Tanning Beds  
Staying Safe in the SunWarm temperatures, longer days, blue skies…they all signal the start of the summer, and isn’t it glorious? Of course, warm weather means more time spent outside and you must be protecting yourself and your skin from the harmful effects of the sun’s rays. Here’s how to enjoy the summertime while still staying safe:

Stay in the Shade
The sun’s rays are at their strongest and most powerful between the hours of 10 am-4 pm. This means that if you have to go outside for any length of time that you should avoid direct exposure to the sun. This means sitting under an umbrella if you’re going to go to the beach or staying under the restaurant’s awning while eating lunch outside.

Wear the Appropriate Clothing
Your clothing can also block out some of the sun’s damage. You must wear clothing with tightly woven fabrics (hold the item up to the light; if the light doesn’t shine through then it can provide some protection. See-through clothing will not provide protection). Always wear sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat (especially if you’re going to be gardening or spending any length of time outdoors).

Do Not Skip the Sunscreen
While people realize the importance of sunscreen so many people still don’t wear it regularly. You should be wearing sunscreen every day. Yes, every day! Even on cloudy days and cold winter days. Why? Because the sun can still reflect off water and snow and penetrate through clouds to damage your skin. Wearing sunscreen every day without fail is one of the best summer safety tips you can adopt.

Know What Sunscreen to Use
You should look for a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30. Apply a generous amount of sunscreen to your body and face about 30 minutes before going outside. Remember to reapply every two hours, or immediately after sweating or swimming.

Just Say No to Tanning Beds
You may think a tan looks healthy but it’s anything but. There is no safe or healthy tan, just ask your doctor. If you are someone who uses tanning beds you must stop using them right away, as they are not only causing wrinkles they can also greatly increase your risk for skin cancer.

Keep your skin safe all summer long and your skin will thank you for years to come. Of course, it’s also a good idea to visit a doctor once a year for an annual skin cancer screening. If you are concerned about keeping yourself and your family safe this summer, don’t hesitate to talk with your family doctor.
By Premier Medicine and Wellness
July 01, 2020
Category: Medical
Blood PressureYour blood pressure--a measure of how hard your heart works to move blood around your body--naturally increases as we age, right? Wrong! Elevated blood pressure, or hypertension, indicates something is wrong in your body function and lifestyle. If your doctor says your blood pressure runs too high, then follow his or her advice regarding medication, and employ some natural ways to achieve lower blood pressure.

Normal Adult Blood Pressure
It should be no higher than 120/80, says the American Heart Association. The top number in this ratio (the systolic pressure) measures how hard your arteries work to pump oxygenated blood around your body. The bottom number in the ratio (the diastolic pressure) indicates how well blood vessels, and your heart, rest between heartbeats.

While times of panic and stress can increase these numbers temporarily, returning to normalcy typically lowers your blood pressure to normal range. Sustained readings above the norm indicate you have elevated blood pressure or are hypertensive.

When Your Numbers Run High...
At your annual physical, your General Medicine practitioner will take your blood pressure and your other vital signs. Over time, if your blood pressure tracks high, he or she may ask you to take medication and to make some changes which could lower your blood pressure naturally. Lowering your blood pressure helps avoid serious health complications such as heart attack, stroke, sexual dysfunction, and vision and kidney problems.

Ways to Lower Your Blood Pressure Naturally
1. Keep a healthy weight.
2. Exercise daily. Simple walking is fine.
3. Eliminate all tobacco products.
4. Eat a heart-healthy diet, low in sodium and caffeine.
5. Limit how much alcohol you drink: one drink a day if you are a woman and two a day if you are a man, says the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
6. Reduce stress with exercising, deep breathing, doing yoga, getting adequate sleep, or spending time with people you love.

Lower Blood Pressure Equals a Healthier Life
Achieving and maintaining a lower blood pressure not only prolongs your life, but it also improves the quality of your life and your overall sense of well-being. Be sure to get your numbers checked, and do what you can to keep them at healthy levels.
By Premier Medicine and Wellness
June 16, 2020
Category: Wellness
Tags: Smoking  
Ditch SmokingSmoking is an addictive and dangerous habit. It can seriously damage your body while also shortening your life expectancy. Your general medicine professional recommends quitting smoking earlier than later. Here are all the reasons why you should quit smoking today. 
The Benefits of Quitting Smoking
The biggest risk that comes with smoking is damage to your lungs and body. When you quit, you decrease your chances of developing lung and throat cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure, ulcers, kidney disease, and emphysema. Quitting gives you a shot at a healthier and happier life. 
Smokers have an increased risk of complications due to anesthesia and other respiratory issues during surgeries. There is a big chance that an infection will occur that will require readmission to the hospital. 
Your personal life will blossom completely. Besides feeling much better, you’ll look healthier too. Smoking leads to stained teeth along with wrinkled and dull skin. Quitters also report increased energy levels and less respiratory issues like coughing. Even your sense of taste will improve! 
If you are a smoker and have children, they have inevitably been exposed to secondhand smoke. Smoke can stick to your clothes and skin, coming in close contact with your kids. Quitting halts this exposure, reducing the development of respiratory and ear infections. 
Smoking isn’t a cheap habit. A 1-pack-per-day habit rounds up to spending over two thousand dollars a year. That’s a lot of money! Quitting is a great way to fatten up your wallet for extra spending money. 
How to Quit Smoking
Quitting smoking is much easier said than done. It is an addiction, just like any other substance. Your general medicine professional states that what works for one person won’t work for another. It all comes down to your level of addiction and smoking patterns. The best way to quit is by combining multiple methods. 
The first thing you need to do is schedule an appointment with your general medical doctor. They can determine how dependent you are on nicotine. This gives them insight into developing a plan that works for you. 
Most smoking cessation plans focus on using medicine and behavioral therapy. Common pharmaceuticals used are varenicline and bupropion. There are also nicotine replacement therapies, known as nicotine gum or patches. 
The PQRS Strategy
  • Prepare: Give yourself some time to accept and prepare for quitting. For optimal results, prepare for 14-30 days. 
  • Quit: Start using anti-craving medication and nicotine replacement therapy. These will curb the urge to smoke. 
  • Relapse Prevention: Identify the triggers that make you want to smoke. Teach yourself new coping skills for these situations. 
  • Stress Management: Find other ways to deal with stress that isn’t tobacco. 
By Premier Medicine and Wellness
June 01, 2020
Category: Medical
Tags: Annual Checkup  
Many adults only go to their general medicine physician (GP) when they’re sick. In reality, patients should schedule a checkup with their doctor every year. This provides your doctor with a chance to better understand your health while giving important preventive care. You can update them on any important changes in your health too. 
What to Expect at Your Physical
Your medical history tailors how your appointment will go. If you are at risk for certain conditions, specific measures are put in place. This is also true if you engage in risky behaviors like smoking. All patients can expect their vital signs, vaccines, screenings, and body to be checked.  
Vital signs include your temperature, heart rate, blood pressure, and respiration rate. These provide the first line of insight into how your body is doing. For example, if your heart rate and blood pressure are too high or low, your general medical practitioner will want to know. These indicate serious conditions that need medical intervention. 
Vaccines are recommended depending on your age. If you’ve never had certain shots, your doctor may encourage you to get them. Other shots may require repeats after longer periods. The tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis booster is recommended every ten years. A flu shot is an important vaccine to get every year. These include the newest strains of influenza and can keep you safe during the peaks of the flu season. 
Depending on your age and gender, certain screenings are highly recommended. After the age of 40, patients should have their cholesterol tested every five years. This may need to be more frequent if there is a family history of cholesterol problems. Medical professionals recommend a colonoscopy every ten years to check for colorectal cancer. If you are over the age of 55 and are a smoker or quit within the last 15 years, you need regular lung cancer screenings. 
The physical exam is typically quick and painless. Your general medical doctor will examine your ears, eyes, nose, and throat. They may even listen to your heart and lungs with a stethoscope. This is an easy way to check for any issues. They might also check your abdomen by lightly touching it. 
Schedule Your Annual Checkup Today
Prevention is the key to a healthy body. Your annual checkup is the perfect time to guarantee your body is in top shape. Your general medical practitioner provides you with everything listed above and even more. Your health needs change as you get older and your doctor can help monitor these. 
By Premier Medicine and Wellness
May 15, 2020
Category: Medical
Tags: Rice Method   Injuries  
InjuriesAthletes and exercise enthusiasts alike are at risk for injuries. It comes with the territory! If you’ve ever sprained your ankle or knee, you know that fast treatment is crucial. That’s why your physician recommends following the RICE method. This stands for rest, ice, compression, and elevation. This technique can make the difference between a fast recovery and sitting on the bench for the rest of the season. 
Why Use the Rice Method?
This easy self-care technique reduces your swelling and pain while speeding up your recovery. It’s the first line of defense against any sort of minor injury. Whether you have a sore knee, wrist, or ankle, your physician will recommend the RICE method. Knowing how it works and using it swiftly lets you avoid a trip to the doctor’s office. 
Rest (Step 1)
As soon as you experience pain, stop what you are doing right away. Your body is trying to tell you that something is wrong. Rest the injured area as much as you can. Avoid putting weight on it for 24-48 hours. With certain injuries, continuing to exercise or move makes it worse. This elongates your healing time while spiking your pain levels. 
Ice (Step 2)
Ice is a timeless solution for pain and swelling. Apply an ice pack covered in a cloth or towel to the injured area for 15-20 minutes, every 3-4 hours or 3 times a day. Do not ice it more than that to avoid tissue damage. Swelling should be reduced after 48 hours. If you don’t have an ice pack, try using a pack of frozen vegetables. In some instances, your physician may recommend using a heat pack after the swelling is gone. 
Compression (Step 3)
Wrap the injury with an elastic bandage. This keeps the swelling under control. Bandages are available over-the-counter, like an Ace bandage. When placing the bandage, make sure that it is snug but not too tight. You don’t want to cut off your blood supply. It’s too tight if you experience numbness, increased swelling or pain, or tingling. Wear the wrap a maximum of 72 hours. Needing to use the bandage for longer indicates a more severe injury. Talk to your physician if this is the case. 
Elevation (Step 4)
Raise the injury up above the level of your heart. This reduces your symptoms. It’s very easy to accomplish this step. Just prop the injury up on pillows while sitting or lying down. 
Your physician may recommend using nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to help with your discomfort. This includes medications like ibuprofen or naproxen. 
Following your physician’s advice when it comes to adding exercise and movement back into your daily routine. You will need to start slowly to accommodate your injury. Begin working with strengthening and stretching exercises before moving on. 

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