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Regular Checkups are Important and Here is Why.

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Regular checkups are important. regular checkupsYou aren’t feeling sick, your energy levels are up, you’re diet is great. You feel you don’t need for a regular checkup. If that’s your thought process, you may be wrong. Regular checkups are extremely important to everyone’s health. You provider will do screenings and exams that  you need and when you need them. You may not even consider some of the screenings they do that can help avoid future illness or injury. Below are resources to help you and your health care provider determine what health services and screenings are best for you. Why Get Regular checkups? By getting the right health services, screenings, and treatments, you are taking steps that help your chances for living a longer, healthier life. Your age, health and family history, lifestyle choices (i.e. what you eat, how active you are, whether you smoke), and other important factors impact what and how often you need healthcare. Start with your UFMC doctor. The best place to go for health services is your regular health care provider. We are here to help you stay healthy and strong. Your doctor is a great sounding board whether you have illness or not, make sure to use them as your best resource. Encourage others to get a checkup. You may also want to start a campaign in your community to encourage others to make an appointment for a check-up or health screening. It’s important that everyone gets a checkup to make sure they are on track to great health. Make an appointment for your checkup today!  

Transferring doctors is easy! Help to manage the transition.

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With several physicians in Pueblo retiring, you may be thinking about transferring practices and looking for a new physician. It’s an easy process if you do it right and how to manage the transition. Here are a few steps to help you manage the transition:

  • Make sure the new doctor will take your insurance. You can call the office and ask or you can check online. Oftentimes, you can even find doctors through working with your insurance company. This is a great way to assure your coverage is accepted.If you have any questions about coverage and co-pays, clear these up with your insurance company before going in. You don't want to get a big bill you were not anticipating a month after your first visit.
 
  • Have your medical records forwarded. You'll need your medical records forwarded to your new doctor. This can be done in a variety of ways. Click here to find out how. You can request a copy of your medical records over the phone, or have a Patient Portal that allows you to access your records online. You can have the records sent directly to you and then bring them to your new doctor. Make sure to request items like lab results, x-rays, and any CAT or MRI scans.
 
  • Get organized. Preparing your own patient history can help smooth the transition. You should also make sure there's no gaps in coverage. You don't want to be left without a doctor during an emergency or run out of a prescription and have no one to refill it.
  Need more information? We are accepting new patients. Contact us today and we can help you make a smooth transition to a new family physician.

Antibiotic Resistance – Only take Antibiotics when Prescribed

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Antibiotics Antibiotics are a great way to cure bacterial infections, but only if prescribed by your doctor. Using antibiotics when they are not needed can cause some bacteria to become resistant to the antibiotic, and therefore stronger and harder to kill. Which means you could be at risk of antibiotics not working, if you have improperly used them. Antibiotic resistance is a growing problem. The main factor behind this resistance is antibiotic overuse. Always know that if you have a cold or flu, antibiotics will not work for you. Antibiotics only cure bacterial infections, not viruses. Three facts about taking antibiotics when incorrectly:

  • Always know that taking antibiotics can increase your risk of getting an antibiotic-resistance later, so never take them before consulting your physiican
  • Antibiotics kill healthy gut bacterial which allows harmful bacteria to grow.
  • Antibiotics have a higher risk of drug adversity and have caused more emergency department visits for children under 18 years old.
For more information about antibiotic use and when you can take them, consult your physician. Never take antibiotics without an approved prescription.

Sickle Cell Anemia

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Sickle cell anemia Sickle cell anemia is one of the most common forms of sickle cell disease. Sickle cell disease is a serious disorder in which the body makes sickle-shaped red blood cells. “Sickle-shaped” means that the red blood cells are shaped like a crescent. Normal red blood cells are disc-shaped and look like doughnuts without holes in the center. They move easily through your blood vessels. Red blood cells contain an iron-rich protein called hemoglobin. This protein carries oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body. Sickle cells contain abnormal hemoglobin called sickle hemoglobin or hemoglobin S. Sickle hemoglobin causes the cells to develop a sickle, or crescent, shape. Sickle cells are stiff and sticky. They tend to block blood flow in the blood vessels of the limbs and organs. Blocked blood flow can cause pain and organ damage. It can also raise the risk for infection. Contact us for more information about this disease and how it can be treated.

Fight cold and flu season.

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At this time of year, it seems everyone around you has the flu, or at least a severe cold. The person in line at the grocery store, sneezes on their cart handle. A stranger in the security line at the airport coughs on the conveyor belt bin. A little girl is rushed off to the bathroom by her mother at the mall because she is feeling sick. Sickness seems to be everywhere! But, how do you protect yourself from getting sick?   Getting your annual flu shot is a start, but how does it work? After receiving the flu vaccination, antibodies develop in your body about two weeks after receiving it. These antibodies provide protection against the influenza virus that are included in the vaccine. A seasonal vaccine protects against influenza viruses.   Vaccinations protect against the influenza viruses that have been indicated through research as the most harmful influenza strains for the upcoming flu season. Traditional vaccines called trivalent vaccinations, generally protect against three different strains or variations of the influenza A viruses (H1N1, H3N2), and an influenza B virus. Additionally vaccines are commonly made to protect against four additional viruses, called quadrivalent vaccines that protect against the same viruses as the trivalent vaccine and an additional B virus.   Ask your doctor for more information about the flu vaccination and protect yourself from getting sick.

Start the year off right and get your annual physical.

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Is it time to get your annual physical! Some see an annual physical as the perfect alarm system to catch health problems before they become serious. Others find annual physicals as a source of reassurance that they are as healthy (or unhealthy) as they feel. And others use it as a great time to speak to their physical about health concerns for the future or upcoming physical activity that they may be doing to ensure they are on the correct path for their bodies.

The value of a routine physical exam is a great time to talk to your doctor about your health and any concerns that may be bothering you. Or get the seal of approval to  start that diet that you've been wanting to start or physical activity that you aren’t sure you can do.  Your doctor is not only there to check your health, but also to listen to your concerns and provide counseling on your  particular needs.

  Whatever your reason, start your year off right and make an appointment with us today.

Happy Holidays!

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We would like to wish you a safe and happy holiday and provide you with a few tips to stay healthy and not overindulge this holiday season. Christmas-food With a season full of holiday parties galore, it’s important to keep on track with your diet and not over-indulge in those things you’ve been working so hard to keep on track with. We offer the following tips to help you with your goals.

  1. Always know that the buffet is the holiday danger zone. We see food, good food, and it’s there for the taking, but remember ever spoonful that goes on your plate can lead to overeating. Just remember to keep the buffet in moderation, do not take more than you bargained for. If you are worried about overeating from the buffet, try eating something light before the party to hold you over and help you avoid the cheese plate.
  2. Seated dinners are also often times to indulge. Eat what you want, but remember always in moderation. If your plate comes with a salad and some of that yummy mac and cheese you’ve been craving, make sure to eat your salad first and only have a few bits of the high calorie items. Also, consider sharing with others at your table, so you don’t slip in another bite. And always order an entree that is rich in proteins such as fish, lamb, or anything fresh and nutritious. Choose wisely and choose the healthiest option on the menu.
  3. Control your alcohol intake. When it comes to champagne, wine or cocktails, you don’t have to go all out. Have a drink and be done, keep it in moderation.
For more tips on how to keep your diet on track during this holiday season, contact us today. Stay safe and have a wonderful holiday.

Quit Smoking – We can help!

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Did you know, that there are more former smokers in our country than smokers today? Have you been trying to quit smoking or any other form of tobacco use? We are here to help you become one of those former smokers mentioned. Quit smoking We all know by now, the harmful effects that tobacco use can have on the human body. By quitting smoking, you can greatly reduce the risk of cancer or other smoking-related diseases. The question is, how do you quit? There are several effective treatments to stop smoking. If you have tried quitting, cold turkey and haven’t found success, the following treatments could help:

  • Counseling and behavioral therapies
  • Nicotine replacement products (patches, gum, lozenges)
  • Prescription non-nicotine medications
Both counseling and medication are both effective when trying to quit. Using them together is twice as effective than alone. At University Family Medicine Center, we are here to help. Contact us and make an appointment today to find out how we can help you quit smoking.  

Cold and Flu Season

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It has arrived, yet again - cold and flu season. This year, why not be prepared? Cold and Flu Getting the influenza vaccination is one step closer to preventing the spread of the virus, as well as keeping you from getting sick. Everyone 6 months of age or older should be vaccinated for the flu each season. Those considered high risk (younger children, elderly, etc.) are at even more risk of complications from influenza and should check with their doctor to see how often they should be vaccinated. Also, be prepared and know the signs and symptoms of influenza. Many people may actually have influenza when they think they only have a common cold.   Signs and symptoms include:

  • A 100oF or higher fever or feeling feverish (not everyone with the flu has a fever)
  • A cough and/or sore throat
  • A runny or stuffy nose
  • Headaches and/or body aches
  • Chills
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea (most common in children)
The flu and the common cold have similar symptoms. It can be difficult to tell the difference between them. In general, the symptoms are much worse than a common cold if you have the flu. Fever, body aches, and tiredness are more common and intense with the flu, rather than a common cold. Your physician can help you determine whether or not you have the flu. Be prepared this upcoming flu season and keep yourself healthy. For more information about the flu shot, take a look at the CDC’s (Center for Disease Control) website  or talk to your physician today.  

We’ll help you keep your diabetes under control.

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_PCC5294 One of our speciality services is diabetes treatment. We offer ways to help you keep your diabetes under control and correctly monitor your symptoms and severity to keep you healthy. We also offer screenings and assessments to review your risks and help you take preventative care. Our diabetes services include:

  • Risk Assessment
  • Screening
  • Initiate medical treatment
  • Consulting with Diabetic Instructors for patient Education
  • Monitoring
Our physicians are here to help you keep your health on track. If you feel you are at risk, or need to get your diabetes under control, contact us to make an appointment with a physician.