Blog Posts in 2018

  • Tips for Parenting Children with Type I Diabetes

    How Type 1 Diabetes Impacts Parents & Families If you have a child with Type 1 diabetes (T1D), you know how all-consuming it can be to manage their health, diet, insulin levels, etc. Many parents who are tasked with caring for children with T1D live in perpetual fear of their child experiencing a seizure, falling into a coma, or having an episode of hypoglycemia. T1D parents with small children ...
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  • 3 Tips for Managing Congestive Heart Failure

    What Is Congestive Heart Failure? Congestive heart failure (CHF) happens when the heart stops working as efficiently as it needs to in order to circulate blood throughout the body. This often leads to swelling and stretching of the heart chambers, which progressively makes the heart weaker and even less efficient. This may cause the kidneys to fail as well, resulting in an overall increase in ...
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  • Monitoring Your COPD

    What Is COPD? The abbreviation “COPD” refers to a condition called chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, which is a blanket term that refers to a handful of progressive and incurable lung diseases, including: Chronic bronchitis Emphysema Refractory asthma As time goes on, people with COPD have increasing difficulty breathing and their airways become progressively thicker and less flexible due to ...
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  • Do I Really Need a Primary Care Doctor?

    3 Reasons to See a Primary Care Physician on a Regular Basis Recent reports reveal that approximately 25% of millennials in the United States do not have a primary care doctor. However, it is much more challenging to navigate your ever-developing health and any issues that may arise if you don’t have a primary physician with whom you consult on a regular basis. Here are the top 3 reasons everyone ...
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  • 3 Ways to Help Your Parents Avoid Medication Mistakes

    Strategies for Keeping Your Aging Parents from Mixing Up Prescriptions & Dosages If you are caring for an aging adult such as a parent or grandparent, you are likely aware that their cognitive abilities and memory are growing increasingly worse with each passing year. As a caretaker, you may be eager to help prevent their dwindling memory from leading to accidents or self-inflicted harm, as is ...
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  • Common Medication Mistakes Older Adults Make

    Your Aging Loved One May Be at Risk of Committing Serious Medication Errors Caring for an older family member presents myriad challenges and variables to keep track of, especially when it comes to medications. As most adults age, they tend to develop varying health problems and accumulate various prescriptions along the way. This creates a dangerous combination when paired with deteriorating ...
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  • Signs Your Child May Have an Ear Infection

    Ear infections are one of the most common childhood illnesses, and your child will likely develop an ear infection at some point before the age of 3. Sometimes an ear infection will go away on its own, but in other cases they can develop into a much more serious, widespread problem. This makes it imperative to know how to spot it as soon as possible and see the signs of a developing infection. How ...
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  • Fatigue & Unidentified Food Allergies

    How Undetected Food Allergies Can Lead to Persistent Tiredness If you are consistently tired or lethargic, you may be experiencing adrenal fatigue brought on by food allergies. When you eat foods of which your body is intolerant, your adrenal glands produce cortisol in order to reduce inflammation and irritation. You may feel fatigued if your adrenal glands are regularly producing cortisol to ...
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  • Signs Your Child May Have Type 1 Diabetes

    Potential Signs of Type 1 Diabetes in Young Children You may be familiar with some of the various warning signs of diabetes , such as fatigue, headaches, and blurry vision—but what about kids? When your child’s body stops producing insulin, the deficit creates a number of major problems. Here are a few tell-tale signs your child may have developed type 1 diabetes: Breath that smells like fruit ...
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  • Pro Tips for Losing Weight with Type 1 Diabetes

    How Do I Lose Weight with T1 Diabetes? Before reading any further, know that you should always consult a doctor before trying a new method of weight loss , especially with a serious condition like type 1 diabetes or any other form of insulin-dependent diabetes. Living with diabetes is very challenging and complex, and involving an experienced disease management physician is essential to your ...
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  • How to Spot Congestive Heart Failure

    What Is Congestive Heart Failure? Congestive heart failure (CHF) is a form of heart failure that occurs when the heart is weak and unable to fill itself with or pump out blood efficiently. When the heart does not pump blood properly, it experiences increased pressure and the chambers of the heart stretch to accommodate more blood, becoming tough and thick is a result. This creates a vicious cycle, ...
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  • Weight Loss for People with Heart Failure

    How to Lose Weight & Manage Heart Disease In some cases, people gain an unhealthy amount of weight as a result of heart failure or heart disease. In other cases, being overweight contributes to heart disease. Regardless, anyone seeking to manage heart failure and lose a significant amount of weight faces a serious challenge. If that’s you, there are a few things you need to know before jumping ...
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  • Everything You Need to Know About Your Well Woman Exam

    A well woman exam is an annual checkup recommended for women ages 21 and older. This exam is actually a series of exams intended to evaluate female patients for things like breast cancer, gynecological problems, and other reproductive issues, all of which can become far worse if not detected early on. These evaluations typically involve physical examinations of the pelvis and breasts. The ...
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  • Why You Should Make Allergy Screening Part of Your Annual Checkup

    Allergies Are Very Common More than 50 million people in the United States have allergies. We develop allergies because of our environment, genetics, and sometimes as a result of other conditions that may seem unrelated. Common allergies include: Peanuts Tree nuts Milk and dairy products Fish and shellfish Pollen Latex Pets (cats, dogs, birds, etc.) Allergies Can Interfere with Your Life in Sneaky ...
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  • Diabetes Primary Care in Texas

    Although diabetes is a common condition affecting nearly 26 million people in the United States, that does not mean that it isn’t a serious condition. If left untreated or not properly managed, diabetes can lead to other health complications including eye damage, hearing impairment, skin conditions, nerve damage, and damage to internal organs. If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, it is ...
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