Medimore MD is proud to be a a leader in primary care services in Palm Beach County. Our highly trained providers see the human body as a whole and rely heavily on patient education since this is the most important step to successful control and resolution of disease. “a good patient education leads to a successful prevention and control of disease”
Some facts about Diabetes in the U.S:
More than 37 million people have Diabetes in our country. 1 in 5 don’t know they have it.
95 million of US adults (over a third of or adults) have Prediabetes. Diabetes is the 8th leading cause of death in the U.S (Due to the complications derived from it).
During the last 20 years, the number of adults diagnosed with diabetes has more than doubled as the American population has doubled and overweight/obesity has increased.
Diabetes represents mainly an inability of our bodies to handle the sugar that we put in our bodies as we eat our meals. It involves a progressive weakening of our pancreas, becoming insufficient to release enough insulin into the bloodstream as a response to the meals ingested, and more frequently, a resistance to the insulin action in our cells caused by excess fat in our body.
Diabetes is one of those diseases that can stay hidden for a while before showing signs that will tell you that something is wrong. The best way to stay clear or delay the arrival of diabetes is to be preventative by following these initial steps:
1. Combat overweight
2. Exercise regularly
3. Eat healthy
There are things that we cannot change like a history of diabetes type 1 or 2 in our family. If you have this family history, taking care of the initial steps is even more important.
Visiting your primary care provider regularly is the next step to prevent or promptly diagnose diabetes at an early stage.
Knowing if diabetes is knocking at your door, and understanding that “it can happen to you” is a fact. Diabetes can come to us more likely, if we have a family predisposition and our lifestyle choices are not ideal.
Patient education is key in this moment. We know by experience that the better educated and knowledgeable a patient is about diabetes, the better the control of the disease is going to be. For this reason, we take the time to explain to you all of the disease process so you can participate actively in your care, all for a better outcome.
Preventative actions and lifestyle modifications are always the first steps taken before considering ordering a specific medication to control your Diabetes.
Some facts of hypertension in the US:
Hypertension is by definition, blood pressure numbers that are above the normal range. It is generally accepted that the normal blood pressure for adults should be below or equal to 120/80 mmhg.
Hypertension is one of the most common health problems out there in our society and only 1 in 4 adults with hypertension have their blood pressure controlled when treated.
Nearly half of adults have hypertension (defined as systolic blood pressure of >130 mmhg ad diastolic blood pressure >80 mmhg.
Hypertension is a leading cause of cardiovascular mortality (leading to coronary artery disease, strokes, kidney damage, etc)
High blood pressure can be a hidden enemy, and we say this because our bodies can adapt to consistently high levels of blood pressure.
A person might not feel anything at all or maybe have occasional headaches, and have persistent high blood pressure numbers that are slowly damaging the internal organs.
Many patient s will not realize that there is a problem until there are already established consequences. Some of them cannot be reverted.
A healthy lifestyle and regular checkups are, again the best way of preventing or knowing timely if high blood pressure is and health issue for us.
Medications for blood pressure are always a last resort reserved for when lifestyle modifications and changes do not help sufficiently to control it.