Health Information Resources

Health Information Resources

Being informed about your health can lead to a better quality of life. Our medical team is always ready and willing to answer your questions and help you access the care you need.

As an active participant in your care team, we invite you to learn more about these common health issues

Diabetes

Is a condition in which you body either doesn’t make enough insulin or can’t use its own insulin as well as it should. Insulin is a hormone that your body needs to get glucose (sugar) from your bloodstream into the cells of your body. Diabetes can be managed with proper care and attention. It can also cause serious health complications if not treated properly.

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You can learn more about diabetes and how to manage it here: https://www.diabetes.org/

3 things you can do if you have diabetes:

  • Follow a healthy diet and avoid foods that are high in sugar and fat
  • Be physically active for at least 30 minutes per day for days a week
  • Take your medications as prescribed

Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)

Is a condition when the force of your blood pushing against the walls of your blood vessels is consistently too high. This pressure — blood pressure — is the result of two forces: the first force (systolic pressure) occurs as blood pumps out of the heart and into your arteries; the second force (diastolic pressure) is created as the heart rests between heart beats. These two forces are each represented by numbers in a blood pressure reading.

Picture of a patient getting her blood pressure measured

Our medical staff takes your blood pressure reading each time you come into the office. Hypertension is defined as blood pressure levels above 140/90. Hypertension can cause harm to your body because it means your heart and blood vessels are working harder and less efficiently. Hypertension can be managed with an active lifestyle and possibly medication.

You can learn more about hypertension, or high blood pressure, here: https://www.heart.org/en

3 things you can do if you have hypertension:

  • Get 7-9 hours of sleep every night and establish a good wake-up routine
  • Do things you enjoy to relieve stress, such as a sport or a hobby
  • Take your medications as prescribed

Lung Health

Your lungs take in oxygen and send it to every part of your body, helping you breathe and allowing you to be active. Keeping your lungs health is an important part of an overall healthy lifestyle.

Asthma is one common lifelong lung condition that affects many people. Asthma makes it harder to move air in and out of your lungs. It can start at any age and can also be managed with proper treatment and care. Picture of a meeting looking at a report of a lung patient

Smoking and use of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, cigars, and smokeless tobacco can cause or worsen numerous diseases and conditions.

You can learn more about how to keep your lungs healthy here: https://www.lung.org/

3 things you can do to keep you lungs healthy:

  • Do not start smoking or using tobacco products and avoid those who are smoking or using tobacco products
  • If you smoke, talk to your provider or a health coach about ways you can quit
  • Talk to your provider about the appropriate medication for your asthma, including inhalers.

Mental Health

Your emotional, psychological, behavioral, and social well-being is important and can affect your physical health as well. Depression, stress, anxiety, and substance use are common conditions that most people will face at some point in their life or may deal with lifelong. These conditions can be treated and managed to help you live a higher quality of life.

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You can learn more about mental health here: https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/index.shtml

3 things to keep in mind regarding mental health:

  • You are not alone. Coping can be challenging. Good mental health needs as much support and nurturing as good physical health..
  • If you are having thoughts about hurting yourself, call 911 or the 24-hour toll free suicide hotline at 1-800-273-8255.
  • If you are feeling sad, stressed, angry, or challenged by your lifestyle choices, speak to your provider. They can help connect you with the health resources and support to help you live the life you want to live.

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