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Aug 27, 2015

4 Steps to Improve Diabetic Living

Despite living in a health conscious world we never think that one day we are going to wake up and not be able to have the foods and lifestyle that we are used to. Living with diabetes requires most to learn a whole new way to live. Those of us who have read about type 1 or type 2 diabetes are only familiar with the facts and statistical data on the disease. Those immersed in diabetic living know about the struggle it creates. 

The subject of diabetic living means a lot to me. During my childhood, I grew up with my grandmother and other family members living with diabetes. I was able to see firsthand how their lives were altered. 

The Reality of Diabetic Living:

A disease isn’t biased; it won’t knock on your door and ask you, “may I take up space in your body and mind and change things for you”, “oh and one more thing after I’m done you won’t have the life you had before.” Then we are left with the choice of living a new normal, which means learning to create a new balance between our physical and emotional well-being.

Those living with diabetes mostly see doctors emphasizing on how they need to control their blood sugar, manage their diet, and perform an active lifestyle. One of the important points that are often missed is the individuals’ emotional health. Our emotional well-being can play an important role in participating in a healthy diabetes lifestyle despite the diagnosis. After time, diabetics know that the more stressed they are about their health the more difficult it becomes to manage blood sugar levels.

The increased amount of stress we allow ourselves to take on, the harder it becomes for our bodies to function effectively. A functional body releases the good hormones needed to feel more robust and positive.  We are human beings and there are times we will feel angry, frustrated, and possibly not in control of our actual health. It's okay to feel this way from time to time, but it's better to discuss these feelings with a professional or behavioral specialist

Coping With Diabetes Cannot Be Overlooked 

Joe Solowiejczyk is a certified educator that manages diabetic counseling and training at the Johnson & Johnson Diabetes Institute in Milpitas, California. He discusses the importance of emotional and behavioral competency: "I think it's important to acknowledge that, from time to time, you're going to have a meltdown. Just like with everything there are peaks and valleys, and the question is how can you have more peaks then valleys? “ Creating a unique ability to guide yourself through battles while maximizing positive strides is extremely important. 

This is one of the reasons I became a life coach and counselor in Phoenix, Arizona. Diabetic living is difficult in itself and it's imperative that we're able to balance out emotions in order to manage our own behaviors and health.

Here are my 3 Steps to Help Those Living With Diabetes.

1.     The first important key point is learning to really listen to yourself, and recognize how you are feeling emotionally. Now for some this will take some practice and learning how to be more vulnerable. This simply means putting one’s guard down just a bit more than usual so you have this space to listen to your inner self. I’m suggesting this because we know ourselves to be our own experts and we also have this grandiose belief that we can handle and fix anything we are going through. To an extent this is not a bad thing, it only weights us down when we are not willing to authentically say to ourselves “Okay, I’m not feeling well what the next step for me to take to feel more uplifted?”

2.     The next step to feel more uplifted is to create a genuine support system. Having a support system that understands diabetic living and wants the best for you is key. You can create this in multiple ways, but reaching out to your local diabetes association for support is a good start. You can also talk to family or friends that understand how you're feeling and what you might be going through while living with diabetes. The best approach is to find someone willing to listen and support you. A life coach is also a great option as I specialize in teaching you tools and techniques to become more emotionally fit while disallowing your diagnosis take over your life. This is a great place to create and redefine how one wants their life to look like with emotional empowerment.

3.     Self-care is essential, and the most important step when living with diabetes. I cannot emphasize it enough. We are composed of mind, body and spirit. When your car maintenance light goes on you take care of it because you want your car to run. We work the same way. Do things that are exciting and healthy for you. Challenge yourself to laugh more often. Remind yourself how much you are loved and how much you love yourself. Yes I said it - without self-love the things we want to create become harder. It's easier to make excuses for everything that has happened instead of taking initiative to make the most of it.

4.     The last step that I always remind my clients is that no matter what you are facing and dealing with, it does not define you. It’s about looking at life from a different angle - an angle in which you are the one who is empowered to continue to live the life that you want. Regardless of the situation you have, never allow anything to take your thunder; without you, life would not be as sweet!










                                                                                       

Aug 24, 2015

Diabetes Diagnosis & MD24 House Call

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Diabetes is a complex group of diseases with a variety of causes. People with diabetes have high blood glucose, also called high blood sugar or hyperglycemia. There are several ways to diagnose diabetes. Plenty of concerned individuals want to know how to diagnose diabetes. No matter which way you approach it, the process usually needs to be repeated on consecutive days to solidify your diabetic diagnosis.

The best way to begin the process is to talk with your doctor about the way you're feeling. It's also important to begin preparing yourself for a change in lifestyle while keeping a positive outlook on your life moving forward. Diagnosis should be carried out in a healthcare setting such as your doctor’s office or a lab. If your blood glucose level is very high, or if you have classic symptoms of high blood glucose in addition to one positive test, our doctor may not require a second test to diagnose diabetes.

Who's Susceptible to a Positive Diabetes Diagnosis?

According to the American Heart Association, around 6 million adults in the United States are type 2 diabetic and not even aware. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends that you should be tested if you are:
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  •  Overweight and over age 45
Overweight, under age 45 and have one of additional risk factors such as:
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • A family history of diabetes
  • African-American, Asian-American, Latino/Hispanic-American, Native American or Pacific Islander descent 
  • A history of gestational diabetes (diabetes during pregnancy) or delivering a baby over 9 lbs.
If your blood glucose levels are in normal range, testing should be done about every three years. If you have pre-diabetes, you should be checked for diabetes every one to two years after diagnosis. In order to maintain a healthy lifestyle, it's important to manage a healthy diet alongside exercise and routine visits with your doctor. Prevention is key, but the sooner you diagnose a disease, the better.

How to Diagnose Diabetes:

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Every diabetic diagnosis begins with blood tests taken at a health care provider's office or commercial facility. These tests are then sent to a clinical lab for analysis and returned. Blood tests are required because early stages of type 2 diabetes don't typically showcase visible symptoms. A simple prick in the finger (as shown below) isn't enough to solidify a positive diabetic diagnosis.

At MD24, our doctors may test a patient for diabetes if they suspect they're at a high health risk.  At the end of the day, patient care is always at the forefront. Most patients with common symptoms wonder how to check for diabetes, and rightfully so. It's the same process when determining how to diagnose diabetes, as a series of tests are completed for clarification:
  • The Fasting Plasma Glucose Test (FPGT) is used to detect diabetes and prediabetes. The FPG test has been the most common test used for diagnosing diabetes. It tends to be more convenient than the OGTT test and less expensive. This test is usually done in the mornings, as an 8-hour fast provides more accurate results. A fast allows a doctor or nurse to precisely measure the amount of glucose in one's blood.
  • The Oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) is not only used to diagnose diabetes - but prediabetes and gestational diabetes as well. This test can tend to be more sensitive than the FPG test - but less convenient to complete. You're required to immerse yourself in over two hours after testing, before a doctor or nurse can even begin to measure your blood-sugar level. The satisfaction of knowing you're disease-free can be worth going through the entire diabetes diagnosis process.
  • Random blood sugar tests measure the level of glucose in your blood at any time of day, regardless of when you last ate. These are more common for those already diagnosed, but can give one an idea of low glucose count for concern.

How to Check For Diabetes:

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Once you've received a diabetic diagnosis, it's important to create a schedule that allows you to manage the disease. Although diabetes isn't known as a "killer", it can lead to devastating consequences if not taken seriously. Upon being diagnosed with diabetes, there are a couple of ways that patients can monitor their blood sugar level to see how well their treatment plan is working.
  • Type 2 diabetic's providers routinely run a test called HbA1c. (A1C or glycosylated hemoglobin test) This type of test provides a picture of your average blood sugar control for the past two to three months. Blood sugar is measured by the amount of glycosylated hemoglobin (A1C) in your blood and this is a good way of viewing the in-balance throughout an extended period of time.
  •  Home monitoring is a convenient way to manage your disease. There are a variety of easy-to-use home monitors on the market with which patients can test their blood sugar. Our providers utilize iHealth technology to monitor diabetic patients. If you are managing diabetes with the help of a home monitor, be sure to learn what results are too high and too low for you. Consult with your healthcare provider to learn what to do when your results are outside that target range.

Diabetes Diagnosis with MD24 House Call:

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MD24 House Call is one of the leading institutions for Arizona Diabetic care, we also offer the diabetes diagnosis at the first step of health assessment. With more than 50 clinicians - at - home work closely with diabetic educators, dietitians, cardiologists and podiatrists to help patients to develop insight into their condition, manage symptoms, and relate more positively to others.

MD24 House Call is proud to be able to assist the patients we already serve and look forward to serving the healthcare needs of new registrations. Call (888-632-4758) or “Request A Visit” above.

Aug 18, 2015

Signs & Symptoms Of Diabetes With MD24 House Call

SIGNS & SYMPTOMS OF DIABETES
WITH MD24 HOUSE CALL

Diabetes Mellitus is the name given to a group of conditions that occurs when the level of glucose (a type of sugar) in the blood becomes higher than normal. Insulin is a hormone that moves glucose from your blood-stream, into the cells of your body where it is used for energy. Diabetics cannot make enough insulin or the insulin that is being made does not work properly.  This causes blood glucose levels to become too high while impacting your short and long term health. 

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In type 1 diabetes, your immune system destroys cells in your pancreas that make insulin. In type 2 diabetes, the pancreas is not under attack. It usually makes enough insulin. But your body does not use it well. The symptoms of the two forms are similar, but usually come on more quickly in people with type 1. 

Individuals can experience different signs and symptoms of diabetes, and sometimes there may be no signs. Some of the signs commonly experienced include:
  • More thirsty than usual
  • passing more urine
  • feeling tired and lethargic
  • slow-healing wounds
  • itching and skin infections, particularly around the genitals
  • blurred vision
  • nausea and vomiting
  • weight loss
  • mood swings.
Often in type 2 diabetes signs and symptoms may not be present. 

Type 1 diabetes, once known as juvenile diabetes or insulin-dependent diabetes, is a chronic condition in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin, a hormone needed to allow sugar (glucose) to enter cells to produce energy. The far more common type 2 diabetes occurs when the body becomes resistant to insulin or does not make enough insulin.

Various factors may contribute to type 1 diabetes, including genetics and exposure to certain viruses. Although type 1 diabetes usually appears during childhood or adolescence, it also can begin in adults.

Despite active research, type 1 diabetes can be managed but has no cure.  With proper treatment offered today, those infected can expect to live longer, healthier lives than those of the past. Type 1 diabetes can happen at any point in life. But it is mostly diagnosed before the age of 19.

Having high blood sugar for a long time can damage many of your body's systems. Type 1 diabetes can make you more likely to have:
  • Heart disease and stroke
  • Kidney failure
  • Blindness or other problems seeing
  • Gum disease and tooth loss
  • Nerve damage in the hands, feet, and organs
Type 1 diabetes signs and symptoms can surface rapidly and may include:
  • Increased thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Bedwetting in children who previously did not wet the bed during the night
  • Extreme hunger
  • Unintended weight loss
  • Irritability and other mood changes
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Blurred vision
  • In females, a vaginal yeast infection
Type 2 diabetes, once known as adult-onset or noninsulin-dependent diabetes, is a chronic condition that affects the way your body metabolizes sugar (glucose). Your body either resists the effects of insulin — a hormone that regulates the movement of sugar into your cells — or does not produce enough insulin to maintain a normal glucose level.

More common in adults, type 2 diabetes increasingly affects children as childhood obesity continues to grow. There is yet to be a cure, but you may be able to manage the condition by eating well, exercising and maintaining a healthy weight. If diet and exercise are not enough to manage your blood sugar well, you also may need diabetic medications or insulin therapy.

Type 2 diabetes is sometimes described as a ‘lifestyle disease’ because it is more common in those struggling with obesity while ignoring physical activity.  Also known as non-insulin dependent diabetes or mature onset diabetes, It’s strongly associated with high blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol levels, or the ‘apple’ body shape. (excess weight around the waist.) While most diabetics are mature adults (over 40), younger people are also now being diagnosed in greater numbers as rates of obesity increase.

Type 2 diabetes symptoms often develop slowly. In fact, you can have type 2 diabetes for years and not know it. Look for:
  • Increased thirst and frequent urination. Excess sugar building up in your bloodstream causes fluid to be pulled from the tissues. This may leave you thirsty. 
  • Increased hunger. Without enough insulin to move sugar into your cells, your muscles and organs become depleted of energy. This triggers intense hunger.
  • Weight loss. Despite eating more than usual to relieve hunger, you may lose weight. Without the ability to metabolize glucose, the body uses alternative fuels stored in muscle and fat. 
  • Fatigue. If your cells are deprived of sugar, you may become tired and irritable.
  • Blurred vision. If your blood sugar is too high, fluid may be pulled from the lenses of your eyes. This may affect your ability to focus.
  • Slow-healing sores or frequent infections. Type 2 diabetes affects your ability to heal and resist infections.
  • Areas of darkened skin. Some diabetics have patches of dark, velvety skin in the folds and creases of their bodies — usually in the armpits and neck. This condition, called acanthosis nigricans, may be a sign of insulin resistance.
Pre-diabetes is a risk factor leading to the development of type 2 diabetes. It’s a condition in which blood glucose levels are higher than normal, but still not diabetic. There are no defined symptoms, but risk factors include obesity, smoking, heart disease, polycystic ovary syndrome and high blood pressure. Without treatment, 33% of pre-diabetics will develop type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

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There are two types of pre-diabetes: Impaired Glucose Tolerance and Impaired Fasting Glucose. 

Impaired Glucose Tolerance (IGT) occurs when blood sugar levels are higher than non-diabetic ranges post-meals. IGT typically occurs in overweight and physically inactive people - and a greater risk in those with heavy midsections. 

There are often no symptoms associated with IGT and we recommend an immediate assessment if you notice one or more associated risk factors. An oral glucose tolerance test is required to help your doctor determine if you have IGTY. All you need to do is submit a sample of your blood the a lab for your physician to examine.

Impaired Glucose Fasting (IGF) occurs less frequently than IGT and incorporates fasting blood glucose levels that are higher than non diabetic ranges, but not classified as diabetic. 

Pre-diabetes is diagnosed by a blood test that checks your blood glucose level. Any blood glucose test that shows higher than normal blood sugar levels needs to be examined and diagnosed. An oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) may be required and it’s results will show whether your blood sugar levels are normal.
Women, especially those expecting, should be aware of the symptoms of gestational diabetes. The complications of diabetic women are difficult to pinpoint and women can experience the following symptoms:
  • Thrush and yeast infections
  • Itchiness around the vagina
  • Female sexual dysfunction
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Vulvovaginal Candidiasis, or vaginal thrush, can be a symptom of diabetes as high blood sugar levels can cause glucose to be excreted through urine. Glucose in urine can create yeast infections. Here are some symptoms to consider:
  • Soreness and itching around the vagina
  • Reddening of the skin
  • A white curd like appearance on the skin
  • White vaginal discharge
  • Pain during intercourse
Oral yeast infections can also occur as a symptom of diabetes. High blood sugar can also lead to a lack of natural vaginal lubrication which makes sex difficult or painful. 

The symptoms of diabetes in men and women are similar but some are more noticable in men. Specific male diabetic symptoms may include:
  • Reduced strength from loss of muscle mass
  • Recurrent episodes of thrush around the genitals
  • Itching of or around the penis
  • Erectile dysfunction
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Reduced strength and loss of muscle mass, unexplained loss of muscle mass may be a sign of high sugar levels in men. If blood sugar levels remain high for a long time, the body begins to break down fat and muscle for energy. The resulting weight loss is usually most noticeable in people with type 1 diabetes, but can affect those with long-term undetected type 2.

More than 33% of diabetic cases occur in seniors over the age of 65. At the same time, almost 210,000 U.S. children and adolescents are said to be diabetic - and counting.  It’s important to catch children’s diabetic symptoms quickly. Here’s what you should look for:

Early symptoms:
  • feeling tired or weak
  • Mother comforting daughter in bed
  • frequent peeing (urination) in large amounts (polyuria)
  • increase in thirst (polydipsia)
  • weight loss
  • increase in appetite (polyphagia)
  • dry mouth or throat
More serious symptoms:
  • These symptoms appear if the diabetes is not treated, or in some cases when it is undiagnosed.
  • drowsiness
  • weight loss
  • nausea and vomiting
  • heavy, rapid breathing (Kussmaul breathing)
  • stomach aches
Excessive thirst and urination are typically the first indications of high blood glucose levels in kids. While younger children may begin enuresis (wetting the bed), some get up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom (nocturia).​. The loss of sugar in the urine, together with dehydration, and lack of blood sugar is a bad combination. This can lead to weight loss despite an increase in appetite (polyphagia). As the symptoms develop and worsen, a child can become tired, drowsy, and weak.
children.jpgDiabetic signs and symptoms may not be as clear in newborns and toddlers as a language barrier, regular growth spurts, and changes in appetite throw off the analysis. In these cases, your child can develop serious symptoms before diabetes is even recognized. Fungal or yeast diaper rash that doesn’t improve with the use of medicated cream should also be considered as a sign - even though common. 

Diabetes is a complex condition, which can affect the entire body. Understanding this disease is truly important even if you don’t have it. In your lifetime, you’ll most likely know a diabetic. 

MD24 House Call is one of the leading institutions for Arizona diabetes care. MD24's specialists work closely with diabetic educators, dieticians, and podiatrists to help patients to develop insight into their condition, manage symptoms, and relate more positively to others. The first step in seeking help is to visit MD24 House Call and arrange a health assessment. Call (888) 632-4758 for registration inquiries or visit our website www.md24housecall.com and “Request a Visit.” 

MD24 House Call is proud to be able to assist the patients we already serve and look forward to serving the healthcare needs of new residents who register with us.

Here is an interesting slideshow on the bodily impact of a diabetic.

Aug 17, 2015

Neck Pain Treatment At Home With MD24 House Call

The head bone is connected to the neck bone.. It’s fun learning about anatomy when we’re children, but once you’re experiencing pain and discomfort, it’s important to discuss ways to create relief. 

Your neck and back are made up of seven bones (vertebrae) stacked one on top of the other. The vertebrae are cushioned by cartilage discs and bound together with ligaments. Your muscles and their supporting tissue provide movement and additional support throughout your extremities. The neck is very mobile, which means it is less stable than other areas of the body and more susceptible to injury. Trauma, poor posture and degenerative diseases, such as arthritis, are the most common causes of neck pain.



 An neck injury that results from a sudden back and forth movement is commonly described as “whiplash.” This type of injury can overstretch the neck and upper back region, resulting in a strain or tear to the supporting ligaments, muscles and discs, even irritating the nerves.

The most common symptoms of whiplash are pain, stiffness, dizziness and headache. Recovery depends on the person and extent of the injury, but it can take weeks to months.

Treatment  depends on the cause, but may include the following approaches:

  • Soft tissue massage
  • Stretch tight muscles and other soft tissue structures
  • Mobilisation or manipulation of joints
  • Specific exercise programs of stretching and strengthening
  • Postural retraining and exercises
  • Taping to stabilise the shoulder joint and support posture
  • Relaxation therapy
  • Information on how to correct postural problems.
Maintaining your normal daily routine is ideal, but habitual modifications may be necessary to help your neck recover. In the meantime, try your best to remain adaptable and positive. If not addressed or treated properly, a neck injury can turn into long-term chronic conditions that alter your life. If your pain is severe or persists after significant time has passed, then it would be in your best interest to see one of our specialists. Also, if your recent neck injury is causing you experience symptoms such as loss of bladder or bowel control, shooting pains, numbness, tingling, or weakness in the arms or legs, (especially if these symptoms come on suddenly) or get worse quickly, MD24 House Call can help. (888-632-4758)

MD24 House Call's doctor may be able to determine the cause of your neck pain from your history and physical examination, sometimes tests such as X-rays, MRI scans and CT scans are required to find the exact cause of your symptoms, these services are available at MD24 House Call. These scans can assess the spine and be used to show disc problems, spinal cord problems or compression of your nerve roots.




Aug 15, 2015

MD24 House Call on ABC

Filmed in Glendale, AZ and the Montecito Senior Living Center, this message is aimed at our return to traditional medicine. As we look back into the future of medical technology.


Aug 10, 2015

What Causes Diabetes & Why Should You Know..

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As we continue to trek into the technological era of smart phones, tablets, and computers, some Americans are concerned with our future's heath - and rightfully so. In some cases, technology may have made us lazier. Dominique Jackson wrote an interesting article highlighting our ability to do most everything from the couch, eliminating errands and welcoming home entertainment. The first blog of our Diabetes series discussed the definition. Here, we discuss what causes Diabetes, as lack of exercise and interactivity is becoming a health concern in our country.

Diabetes can have a variety of causes as it's a combination of diseases and metabolism disorders. When your digestive tract isn't breaking down and digesting food properly, your body is unable to generate adequate amounts of fuel. Furthermore, your pancreas's inability to produce insulin leaves glucose stranded and it begins to build up in your blood. So how does this happen? How did you get to this point? The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases discusses a few clinical factors that play into the development of Diabetic symptoms and inevitably the disease itself.  Let's begin by looking at what causes Type 1 Diabetes.

Causes of Type 1 Diabetes:

  • Heredity or Genetic Susceptibility 
  • Destruction of Beta Cells
  • Environmental Factors 
genetical-susceptability-and-type-2-diabetes-causes-of-diabetes-type-1-symptoms-signs-of-diabetic-genetics-and-heredity-causesUnfortunately heredity can play an instrumental part in the development of Diabetes. Although there are different causes of Diabetes, this is one of the most clear contributors. Those with a family history of Diabetics should take extra steps to ensure they're exercising and maintaining a healthy diet. It's also been said that routine detoxing and pancreatic cleansing can make a huge difference when attempting to avoid Type 1 Diabetes. Gene variants play into the development of Diabetes and HLA Genes possess major risk factors that surround causes of this disease. 

Type 1 Diabetes can be very frustrating as most of your Beta Cells are already destroyed once you receive your diagnosis. Symptoms aren't prevalent right away and there's not much you can do. The cause behind this autoimmunization process is still a mystery but focal point of current scientific research. This is why genetics play a big role in the development of Type 1 Diabetes. It's hard to pinpoint why one's body would view insulin as a foreign substance that needs to be destroyed. Our inability to stop this process can be considered a cause of the disease itself.

Do environmental factors play a role in the destruction of Beta Cells? Some think the natural environment has a lot to do with symptoms and the body's reaction to insulin, but that has yet to be proven.  Viruses and infections may also create a cause for Type 1 Diabetes - triggering beta cell destruction or some sort of autoimmune response. Certain oral intake methods for infants have also been said to play a part in the development of the disease. At this point, there isn't much concrete evidence surrounding the causes of Type 1 Diabetes, so take care of your pancreas and internal organs!

What Causes Type 2 Diabetes?

  • Heredity or Genetic Susceptibility 
  • Lack of Exercise & Obesity
  • Metabolic Syndrome & the Resistance of Insulin
  • Inadequate Glucose Production
  • Abnormal Blood-Glucose Levels
  • Cell Signaling & Beta Cell Destruction

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Similar to Type 1, the causes of Type 2 Diabetes also includes the destruction of Beta Cells, insufficient levels of glucose and insulin, and genetics (TCF7L2 gene). An inbalance between caloric intake and physical activity is directly correlated with insulin resistance - which causes glucose overflow in the blood. This is the first legitimate reference to exercise and how it can impact one's susceptibility to Diabetes.

Excessive "belly fat" or central obesity generates hormones and harmful substances with chronic effects that can damage one's blood vessels. Many studies highlight patent's ability to decrease their Diabetic risk by welcoming a healthy lifestyle that includes a balanced diet and routine physical activity. 

A healthy person's organs keeps their blood glucose levels in normal range through several complex mechanisms that begin in the pancreas. Their inability to manage low and high levels may be due to poor signaling that disallows dispersing proper levels of Glucose to the body's cells. Problems in cell signaling systems can set of a chain reaction that can lead to Type 2 Diabetes. Insulin pilots and communicates to Glucose through specific pathways based on specific needs and once the communication is jammed, the message isn't received - and neither is the Glucose. Fat cells can play a part in poor signaling due to inflammation, causing insulin resistance. 

Beta cell dysfunction is another possible cause of Type 2 Diabetes.  This type of impairment can create insufficient patterns of insulin release. These cells can then become damaged by Glucose Toxicity. (High blood-Glucose levels) Long story short, do your best to maintain low blood-sugar levels. Here are some risk factors that can play into some other causes of Type 2 Diabetes:

  • Physically inactive, overweight, or obese.
  • Damage or removal of the pancreas.
  • Over the age of 45 and your parent has Diabetes - or experienced Gestational Diabetes.
  • African American, Alaska Native, Asian, Hispanic, Pacific Islander, or American Indian.
  • Give birth to a child weighing more than 9lb or polycystic ovary syndrome. (PCOS)
  • A history of Cardio Vascular Disease or Predieteacosis Nigricans.
  • High-density Lipoprotein (HDL), cholesterol below 35mg/dL, or 250 mg/dL triglyceride level.

Concluding Diabetic Causes & Risk Factors

exercise-and-diabetes-causes-from-unhealthy-lifestlye-obese-individuals-eating-habitsAlthough Diabetes can be somewhat unpredictable, research shows that malfunctioning organs can be a primary cause of the disease.

What is the best way to maintain functioning organs? A good start would be getting off the couch, putting down the piece of pizza and talking with a friend during a walk in the park - instead of texting them from the couch. Immerse yourself in an improved lifestyle that not only gives you more energy, but improves your body's ability to create it! 

Here at MD24 House Call, we take pride in placing patient values first. Our patients visit our specialized providers to improve their quality of life and overall health. It's our job to ensure they receive the proper care as we aim to improve hospital stay, re admittance rates, and healthy living. Join us on our return to traditional medicine. 

Aug 5, 2015

Aug 3, 2015

Psychotic Disorders Treatment At Home With MD24 House Call

Psychotic disorders involve distorted awareness and thinking. Schizophrenia is an example of a psychotic disorder, as it is a group of serious illnesses that affect the mind. These mental illnesses alter a person's ability to think clearly, make good judgments, respond emotionally, communicate effectively, understand reality, and behave appropriately. When symptoms are severe, people with psychotic disorders have difficulty staying in touch with reality and often are unable to meet the ordinary demands of daily life. However, even severe psychotic disorders usually are treatable.


Symptoms of a psychotic disorder vary from person to person and may change over time. Two of the most common symptoms of psychotic disorders are hallucinations and delusions:
  • Hallucinations are unusual sensory experiences or perceptions of things that are not actually present, such as seeing things that are not there, hearing voices, smelling odors, having a strange taste in your mouth, and feeling sensations on your skin even though nothing is touching your body.
  • Delusions are false beliefs that are persistent and organized, and that do not go away after receiving logical or accurate information. For example, a person who is certain his or her food is poisoned, even if it has been proven that the food is fine, is suffering from a delusion.
Other possible symptoms of psychotic disorders include:
  • Disorganized or incoherent speech
  • Confused thinking
  • Strange, possibly dangerous behavior
  • Slowed or unusual movements
  • Loss of interest in personal hygiene
  • Loss of interest in activities
  • Problems at school or work and with relationships
  • Cold, detached manner with the inability to express emotion
  • Mood swings or other mood symptoms, such as depression or mania
About 1% of the population worldwide suffers from psychotic disorders. These disorders most often first appear when a person is in his or her late teens, 20s, or 30s; they tend to affect men and women about equally. The exact cause of psychotic disorders is not known, but MD24 House Call believe that many factors may play a role. Some psychotic disorders tend to run in families, suggesting that the tendency, or likelihood, to develop the disorder may be partly inherited. Environmental factors may also play a role in their development, including stress, drug abuse, and major life changes. 

Most psychotic disorders are treated with a combination of medications and psychotherapy:
  • Medication: The main medications MD24 House Call used to treat psychotic disorders are called antipsychotics. These medicines do not cure the illnesses but are highly effective managing the most troubling symptoms of psychotic disorders, such as delusions, hallucinations, and thinking problems. Some of the medications are available by injection and only need to be taken once or twice a month,  for patients this can be  easier to keep up with compared to a daily pill.
  • Psychotherapy: Various types of psychotherapy, including individual, group, family and MD24 House Call therapy, may be used to help support the person with a psychotic disorder.
People with particularly severe symptoms, those in danger of hurting themselves or others, or those unable to care for themselves because of their illness, may require MD24 House Call to stabilize their condition. Each person being treated for a psychotic disorder may respond to therapy differently, some will show improvement quickly, while others, it may take weeks or months to get symptom relief. 

In general, there is no known way to prevent most psychotic disorders, but many of the related symptoms can be prevented with early detection and treatment. Seeking help from MD24 House Call (888-632-4758) as soon as symptoms appear can help decrease the disruption to the person's life, family, and friendships.