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National Women’s Health

2024-05-13T13:27:07+00:00May 13th, 2024|Adults, Family Medicine, Health Care, Public Health|

Forward Focus:

Empowering Women for Healthier Futures

In the hustle and bustle of life, prioritizing our health often takes a back seat. But now is the time to reclaim control and invest in our well-being. Over recent years, many individuals have postponed crucial health appointments, leading to potential health concerns.

Our integrative approach guarantees that you get the support you deserve.

To ensure a brighter future, here are actionable steps you can take:

  1. Schedule Your Annual Physical and Health Appointments: Don’t delay any longer. Prioritize preventive care, including essential screenings and discussions about mental health.
  2. Maintain a Healthy Weight: Consult with your doctor to set realistic health goals tailored to your individual needs. Focus on achieving and maintaining a healthy weight to reduce the risk of various health conditions.

Join us in embracing a forward focus on health.

Mental Health awareness

2024-05-06T14:05:49+00:00May 6th, 2024|Adults, Direct Primary Care, Family Medicine, Health Care, Mental Health|

Breaking the Silence:

Prioritizing Mental Health for Families

In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, let’s shine a light on a crucial but often overlooked aspect: the impact of mental health challenges on families. As parents, siblings, and caregivers, we may find ourselves struggling to navigate the complexities of supporting a loved one facing mental health issues.

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The journey can be overwhelming, leading to increased stress, anxiety, and feelings of isolation for family members. It’s essential to recognize that your well-being matters too.

Here are some simple steps to prioritize your mental health:

  1. Seek Support: Connect with support groups or mental health professionals who understand what you’re going through. Sharing experiences and finding solidarity can provide comfort and validation.
  2. Set Boundaries: It’s okay to establish boundaries to protect your own mental and emotional well-being. Communicate your needs and limitations to others, including your loved one and other family members.
  3. Practice Self-Care: Make time for activities that bring you joy and relaxation, whether it’s exercise, hobbies, or spending time outdoors. Remember, taking care of yourself is not selfish – it’s necessary.

At Roots Health Direct Primary Care, we understand the unique challenges that families face when supporting a loved one with mental health issues. Our compassionate team is here to provide support, guidance, and resources tailored to your needs.

Creating a supportive environment where everyone’s mental health is prioritized.

Women’s Eye Health

2024-04-22T12:50:35+00:00April 22nd, 2024|Adults, Direct Primary Care, Health Care, Public Health|

Prioritizing Women’s Vision:

Key Concerns and Care Tips

Welcome to Women’s Eye Health & Safety Month!

Amid our busy lives, safeguarding eye health often takes a backseat. However, for women, certain vision issues deserve special attention due to their higher prevalence.

Unique Vision Concerns for Women:

Women face specific eye health challenges, including:

  • Dry Eye Syndrome: More prevalent in women due to hormonal changes.

  • Glaucoma: Women are at a higher risk, particularly after age 60.
  • Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD): A leading cause of vision loss, affecting women more than men.

Take a deep dive into your health !

Tips for Maintaining Women’s Eye Health:

  • Regular Eye Exams: Schedule annual check-ups to catch issues early.
  • Protective Eyewear: Shield your eyes during activities or chores to prevent injury.
  • Healthy Habits: Eat a balanced diet, hydrate well, and avoid smoking.
  • Screen Time Breaks: Follow the 20-20-20 rule to reduce digital eye strain.
  • Awareness: Educate yourself and others about women’s eye health risks.

Empowerment Through Awareness:

By staying informed and proactive, women can safeguard their vision and enjoy a clearer, brighter future.

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Mystery of Prediabetes

2024-03-05T00:50:27+00:00March 5th, 2024|Adults, Direct Primary Care, Family Medicine, Health Care, Public Health|

Prediabetes: Why Screening Matters

Ever wondered if you’re at risk for prediabetes without even realizing it? You’re not alone. With 1 in 3 American adults affected, the stakes are high. But here’s the catch: prediabetes often lurks silently, without any telltale symptoms. That’s why early screening is your best defense.

At Roots Health DPC we help patients build a healthier future.

Know Your Risk
Factors like weight, age, lifestyle, and family history can all play a role. But here’s the kicker: even if you feel fine, you could still be at risk. That’s why it’s essential to stay vigilant, especially as you age.
Detecting the Silent Threat
Classic symptoms like thirst, hunger, and weight loss aren’t always present. Prediabetes can sneak up without a warning sign. But with routine screening, we can catch it early and reverse it.

Empower Your Health Journey

At Roots Health DPC, we’re all about empowering you with the knowledge you need to take control of your health.

Don’t wait for symptoms to appear. Take the first step towards a healthier future by scheduling a free consultation with our team. Let’s tackle prediabetes head-on and pave the way for better health together.

Prediabetes

2024-02-26T15:11:33+00:00February 26th, 2024|Adults, Direct Primary Care, Families, Family Medicine, Health Care, Public Health|

Staying Healthy:

Understanding Prediabetes Screening

Have you ever wondered if your body’s engine is running smoothly or if it needs a tune-up? Just like your car’s “check-engine” light, prediabetes serves as a crucial warning sign, alerting us to potential health risks down the road.

But here’s the good news: with the right knowledge and proactive steps, you can steer clear of diabetes and its complications.

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Screening for Prediabetes: Your Roadmap to Health

At our Direct Primary Care clinic, we prioritize early detection and prevention. Screening for prediabetes involves simple yet effective tests that provide valuable insights into your metabolic health. Here’s what you need to know:

Fasting Glucose Test: This test measures your blood sugar levels after a period of fasting. Prediabetes is indicated by a glucose level between 100-125 mg/dL, while diabetes is diagnosed at 126 mg/dL or higher.

Hemoglobin A1C Test: Unlike the fasting glucose test, the A1C test offers a broader view of your blood sugar control over the past three months. A result between 5.7 percent to 6.4 percent suggests prediabetes, while 6.5 percent or higher indicates diabetes.

Empower Yourself with Knowledge

Understanding your prediabetes status is the first step towards taking control of your health journey. Armed with this knowledge, you can make informed decisions and implement positive changes to prevent the progression to diabetes.

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Heart Disease

2024-02-23T16:12:34+00:00February 23rd, 2024|Adults, Direct Primary Care, Public Health|

Heart Disease:

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Heart Disease is the number one killer for women…. knowing your risk is half the battle.

Heart Disease is the leading cause of death for women, and knowing your risk is half the battle.

Heart disease is often preventable for women. The following lifestyle changes help lower risk and protect your heart.

Maintain a healthy weight

Being overweight can raise your blood pressure, cholesterol, and increase risk for diabetes.

Losing 5% to 10% of your body weight can lower blood pressure, cholesterol, and the risk of developing diabetes.

Quit smoking

Smokers have more than twice the risk for heart attack than do nonsmokers. The risk for blood clots also increases, which can cause stroke.

Get Active

Strive for regular moderate to high intensity physical activity. This can be done in 30 minute chunks, 5 days a week. Aerobic exercise reduces your risk of heart disease.

Change your fats

Change the fats in your diet. Avoid saturated fats. Substitute olive oil for butter. All fats are high in calories so use them sparingly to avoid weight gain.

Also limit the following:

• Full-fat dairy products

• Fatty meats

• Partially hydrogenated vegetable oils

• Convenience or other prepared foods high in fat

Eat fruits and veggies

Eat plenty of produce. We recommend eating at least 3 cups of vegetables and 2 cups of fruits daily, depending on your calorie needs. Diets high in fruits and vegetables are linked to lower blood pressure and a reduced risk for heart disease.

Fiber up

Soluble fiber helps reduce cholesterol. Oatmeal, whole-grain bread, and other whole-grain foods are excellent sources of this nutrient.

Drink alcohol only in moderation

Women should limit alcohol to no more than 1 drink per day. That’s equivalent to 12 ounces of beer, 4 to 5 ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof spirits.

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Women and Heart Health

2024-02-12T14:51:46+00:00February 12th, 2024|Adults, Direct Primary Care, Public Health|

Debunking Myths: Women and Heart Health

Myth: Heart disease is a man’s disease

Fact: Heart disease is kills more women than men.  Heart disease is the cause of one out of every three deaths and is the leading cause of death for women.

Myth: Heart disease only happens to older women

Fact: Heart disease affects women of all ages. For younger women, the combination of birth control pills and smoking increases heart disease risks by 20 percent.