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.

Did you know heart disease kills more women than men?

Myth: If women are fit they are not at risk

Fact: The risk for heart disease is not eliminated if you exercise regularly. Factors like cholesterol, eating habits, high blood pressure, diabetes, and smoking directly affect risk.

Myth: Heart disease always has symptoms

Fact: The majority of women who die suddenly of coronary heart disease had no previous symptoms. Symptoms vary greatly between men and women. Women are often underdiagnosed or undertreated which can lead to higher mortality rates.

Myth: If heart disease runs in my family, I can’t do anything about it

Fact: Women with a family history of heart disease are at higher risk, but there’s tons that can be done to dramatically reduce risk. Women should discuss their personal risk factors with their healthcare provider and undergo regular screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol, and other heart disease risk factors.

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Macular Degeneration

2024-02-05T13:58:57+00:00February 5th, 2024|Adults, Direct Primary Care, Public Health|

Your Vision is Important:

Preventing Age-Related Macular Degeneration

February is the month of love, and what better way to show love for yourself than by caring for your eyes? This month, let’s look at a crucial topic that affects many – Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD).

The Importance of Eye Health

Your vision plays a vital role in your daily life, and AMD is a condition that can impact it significantly. It primarily affects individuals aged 50 and above, making it essential to be proactive in understanding and addressing potential eye health concerns.

What is AMD?

AMD is a degenerative eye disease that affects the macula, a small but crucial part of the retina responsible for central vision. As we age, the risk of developing AMD increases, making it imperative to stay informed about its symptoms and preventive measures.

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Preventive Measures You Can Take

1. Maintain a Healthy Diet:

  • Incorporate foods rich in antioxidants, such as leafy greens, fish, and colorful fruits. These can help protect your eyes from oxidative damage.

2. Protect Your Eyes from UV Rays:

  • Wear sunglasses that block harmful UV rays to reduce the risk of developing AMD and other eye conditions.

3. Quit Smoking:

  • Smoking is a significant risk factor for AMD. Quitting smoking can lower your risk and improve your overall eye health.

4. Exercise Regularly:

  • Engage in physical activity to promote overall health, including eye health. Regular exercise can lower the risk of AMD.

5. Manage Blood Pressure and Cholesterol:

  • Keep these factors in check, as high blood pressure and cholesterol levels can contribute to the development and progression of AMD.

Taking Control with Direct Primary Care

At Roots Health DPC, we prioritize your overall well-being, including your eye health. Our Direct Primary Care services offer personalized and comprehensive healthcare that extends to preventive eye care. We believe in fostering a proactive approach to health, ensuring that you have the resources and support you need.

Why Choose Direct Primary Care?

  1. Personalized Care: Our focus is on you. Receive individualized attention and care that goes beyond a traditional healthcare setting.
  2. Accessible Services: Enjoy easy access to healthcare professionals, ensuring timely check-ups and addressing concerns promptly.
  3. Holistic Approach: We view health comprehensively. From routine check-ups to specialized care, our holistic approach includes preventive measures for conditions like AMD.

Take the First Step

This February, take the first step towards nurturing your vision and overall well-being. Learn more about Age-Related Macular Degeneration, explore preventive measures, and experience the benefits of Direct Primary Care at Roots Health Direct Primary Care.

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The Health Care You Deserve

2024-01-29T14:11:23+00:00January 29th, 2024|Direct Primary Care, Family Medicine, Family Practice, Health Care, Membership, Public Health, Uncategorized|

Uncovering the Source of Your Well-Being

Tired of healthcare that barely scratches the surface? Is your doctor treating symptoms without getting to the core of your health concerns? Ready for a more holistic approach?

Discover Roots Health DPC—a revolutionary, patient-centered practice committed to nourishing your mind, body, and spirit. With constant direct access to board-certified medical care and dedicated time to address the root cause of your symptoms, we redefine your healthcare experience.

In a system where the average office visit is a mere 7 minutes, why settle for fragmented care? At Roots Health DPC, your health takes center stage—the foundation for life on your terms.

Your path to comprehensive health and wellness starts now.

Why choose direct primary care?
  1. Quality Time: Engage in meaningful conversations with your physician to craft a personalized healthcare plan, considering every aspect of your health, environment, and lifestyle.
  2. Seamless Communication: Enjoy ongoing communication with your board-certified physician, easily adjusting your plan to meet evolving healthcare needs—unlimited access, both in-person and virtually.
  3. No Waiting. No Copays. Ever: Affordable, transparent pricing with a low monthly membership fee provides unlimited direct access. Collaborate as a team to achieve optimal health, benefiting from discounts on labs, medications, supplements, and imaging.

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