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Healthcare for Seniors in Florida

Senior womanHealthcare is one of the most important things to keep up with. As infants, we are taken to the pediatrician and given vaccinations and checked for obvious problems. Normally the medical problems faced as a child are few. We come into the world as a clean slate so to speak. As we age, that changes.  The body starts wearing out. Lifestyles have taken their toll. Doctor’s offices have become out social settings. Finding good healthcare is essential when we are seniors.

Florida seems to be the place for seniors to retire to. Almost everyone I know talks about going to Florida when they retire. And the coast of Florida is the most popular place to go to. That’s what makes Rockledge, Florida in Brevard County a booming area. With all these retirees is makes sense that Rockledge has some of the best healthcare for elderly patients around.

Geriatric medicine is probably at its best in Florida. The population of people over 50 years of age has been increasing steadily every year. Seniors have health issues that many other age groups do not.  Some common issues are incontinence, hearing and vision problems. Almost every senior will deal with these at some point. Seniors have more incidents of diabetes, heart disease, cancer, Parkinson’s, dementia related conditions, sleep disorders, depression and arthritis than any other age group.

To accurately and effectively deal with senior health concerns, Florida has more doctors that specialize in medicine geared to this age group. This isn’t saying that other areas of the country are lacking in this area, but due to the large population of seniors in Florida it is easier to locate a doctor close to you if you are a Florida senior.

When checking the yellow pages in the area of Rockledge, Florida in Brevard County there are 187 medical listings. This is a phenomenal amount! Surely there is one that will fit the need of a senior with a health issue. Most healthcare providers in Brevard County will accept Medicare or other insurances.  Seniors live on fixed incomes so it’s important to know what is covered and what is not. No matter what your health issue is, money should never be the determining factor in receiving care. Check with your healthcare provider about a payment plan if a treatment is not covered by insurance. They will be glad to work with you. Stay healthy and happy in your golden years.

Early Signs of Type 2 Diabetes

Diabetes mellitus type 2In today’s world, diabetes is a health crisis.  And it’s becoming worse.  The fact is that diabetes affects 25.8 million Americans, with 7 million not even knowing that have this killer disease[1].  An astounding 79 million Americans have pre-diabetes. Pre-diabetes means that the person’s blood glucose level is higher than normal, but not enough to be diagnosed as diabetic.  Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the US and the cost of treatment for diabetes run about $175 billion dollars per year.

When diabetes is diagnosed early, the chance of successful management of the disorder is very high.  When it’s diagnosed in the pre-diabetic stage, people could actually make enough changes to completely stop the advancement of the disorder!  Diabetes does not have to be a killing disease.

There are risk factors for type 2 diabetes.  These include being obese, having a body style where fat is stored in the abdomen, being physically inactive, having a family history of diabetes, being over age 45 or being African-American, Hispanic, American Indian or Asian American.  Even if you do not have one or more of the common risk factors for type 2 diabetes, you can still become diabetic.

Some early warning signs of diabetes include:

  1. Urinating often
  2. Feeling thirsty often
  3. Blurry vision
  4. Cuts or bruises that take a long time to heal
  5. Tingling or numbness in the hands
  6. Tingling or numbness in the feet
  7. Dry mouth
  8. Fatigue or being irritable
  9. Headaches
  10. Losing weight without trying
  11. Experiencing recurring skin or gum infections
  12. Having patches of darker skin

If you have some of these symptoms or if you have risk factors for type 2 diabetes, it’s best to make a doctor appointment.  He can do a simple blood sugar test, which will allow you to know whether your blood sugar level is too high.

If you find that your blood sugar level is too high or if you’re diagnosed with diabetes, it’s best to start making changes.  You will need to make dietary changes as well as changes to your physical activity level.  The highest risk factor for type 2 diabetes is being overweight, so reducing your weight can provide the most benefit.

 

[1]All facts pulled from: http://ndep.nih.gov/diabetes-facts/

Sunshine clinic is a walk in medical clinic located in Rockledge, Florida.

Allergy Season in Rockledge, Florida

鼻炎 子供 アレルギーSpring season is always a difficult time for those who suffer with allergies.  Unfortunately, with the extreme winter temperatures throughout the east coast, with Rockledge having a warmer than normal winter and add in the unusual precipitation levels in our local area, allergies this year may be even worse than normal.  With over 15% of the population suffering from seasonal allergies, many people will be feeling under the weather during the spring

What are the common allergies in our area?

Some of the most common allergies in our area include dust, dander, tree pollen and grass pollen.  An allergy to dust really means that you are allergic to dust mites, which are little microscopic creatures that live in the dust.  Dander is actually a pet’s dead skin cells. As warmer weather approaches and pets start to shed their winter coats, they will also start to shed dead skin cells. And pollen is what is released when flowers and trees start to bloom in the spring.

Symptoms of allergies

The most common symptoms include itchy, runny eyes, coughing, sneezing, itching and congestion.  Some of the lesser reported symptoms include itchy skin, hives, rashes, fatigue or sore throat.  Some of the rarest, but most extreme allergy symptoms include wheezing, swelling of the airways and difficulty breathing.  Many of the mild-to-moderate allergy symptoms are uncomfortable, but can be managed with over-the-counter (OTC) or prescription medication.

How to manage mild-to-moderate symptoms

Many mild-to-moderate symptoms can be treated at home.  The first thing to use would be an over-the-counter antihistamine to help block the release of histamines, which are the body’s reaction to the allergen.  Other OTC medication should be used to treat the symptom itself.  If you have congestion, a decongestant or saline nasal spray might help.  If you have a sore throat, an OTC pain reliever or throat spray is good to have on hand.

Other ways to manage your seasonal allergies include environmental or lifestyle changes.  If you’re allergic to pollen, it’s probably best to change clothes and take a shower when coming inside from outside in order to wash the pollen off your body.  It’s a good idea to keep your windows shut and your air conditioner turned on.  You may also wish to limit your time outside until pollen levels start to recede.

If you are allergic to dust or dander, keeping the house free of these items is a good idea.  If you are going through the house with duster and cleaning ledges, you probably want to wear a face mask in order to keep from breathing in the dust.  Keeping mattresses clean, linens washed and carpets vacuumed can also help reduce symptoms.

When to see a doctor

There are a few times when it’s best to get your doctor involved.  Certainly, if you have any symptom that includes trouble breathing or swelling of the throat, get medical help immediately – do not wait.

If you have symptoms that are not being helped by OTC medication or you have symptoms that come back every single year, it’s best to see a doctor to determine the best allergy management strategy.  This may include prescription medication or even allergy testing and shots.

It’s also a good idea to see a doctor if you are unsure if you really do have allergies or if your symptoms suddenly change and you start having a fever, severe pain or extreme sinus pressure.  Your doctor will be able to determine if you have something other than allergies or if your allergies contributed to an infection.

Overall, allergies could last for several months.  By making some simple changes and managing your symptoms, allergies don’t have to get the best of you!