In 2018, more than 30 million people of all ages suffered from diabetes in the US, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Diabetes, a disease in which blood sugar levels are too high, varies in severity from one person to another but is ultimately categorized into two types. At Argyle Family Practice in Argyle, TX, Drs. Christopher Hughes and William Musgrave, help patients manage diabetes.
Types of Diabetes
Glucose is a simple sugar we get from the foods we eat. Insulin, a hormone secreted by the pancreas, enables glucose to enter your cells to give them energy.
In Type I Diabetes, the pancreas does not make insulin. This means there's too much glucose in the blood. People may be prediabetic, which means there's higher than normal sugar in the blood, but not enough to call it diabetes.
In Type II Diabetes, the more common type, your body does not produce or use insulin well. Without insulin, again, there's too much glucose in your blood, and with time, people may suffer from several issues in your heart, eyes, kidneys, nerves, and gums and teeth.
How Can Your Argyle Doctor Help You Manage Diabetes
The first step in preventative care is to test for diabetes. Your doctor determines if you are diabetic or prediabetic and if you suffer from Type I or Type II Diabetes using blood tests. And other tests, such as the A1C, even check on how you are managing your diabetes.
There are other lifestyle choices that can help you better manage your diabetes: Make sure you exercise for at least 30 minutes/day to control weight. And better than any medicine, although that may be prescribed by your doctor, a healthy meal plan can go a long way in controlling your blood glucose level.
Stick to a healthier lifestyle and:
- insulin will work better
- blood sugar levels will decrease
- increased energy and endurance
- weight loss
- increased muscle tone
- a healthier heart
- lower blood pressure
- better sleep at night and stronger bones
Do you need a consultation?
If you'd like to ask Dr. Christopher Hughes or Dr. William Musgrave about diabetes, you can contact their office, Argyle Family Practice, in Argyle, TX, by calling (940) 226-4850 today.
High blood pressure, if left untreated, can lead to a number of heart-related medical complications. Complications such as heart failure, heart attack, and stroke, among others. The problem with high blood pressure is that you may not know you have it, and the symptoms associated with it only exhibit themselves once the condition is severe. It's important to treat it early, and to do so it must be diagnosed just as early. Your doctor can test for it, it's why physicals are a key part of monitoring and maintaining your health. So get in contact with Dr. Christopher Hughes and Dr. William Musgrave of Argyle Family Practice in Argyle, TX, to find out more.
Several factors put you at risk for high blood pressure, and although some are out of your control, like age, sex, and ethnicity, many of them are not.
Harmful health habits like tobacco and consuming too much alcohol have already their own damaging side effects, but they also contribute to your risk of developing high blood pressure. Alcohol and nicotine can raise it, smoking can damage your blood vessels and heart, and carbon monoxide impacts the oxygen levels in your blood.
An otherwise unhealthy lifestyle can similarly impact your high blood pressure risk. An unhealthy diet of processed foods is often too high in sodium, which raises blood pressure, and may also lead to other problems like obesity. Which can over-stress your heart by forcing it to work harder as your body contends with the extra weight.
High Blood Pressure Treatment in Argyle, TX
If you want to prevent it, or already have high blood pressure, you have a similar course of action. The important difference is that if you have it, you will likely need to diligently work to keep it under control for the rest of your life. The good news is, you will not have to do it alone, and with your doctor's help, it's not impossible to manage.
Lifestyle changes lie at the core of treatment and prevention. Steps like abandoning harmful habits, becoming more active, and improving your diet.
Your doctor can prescribe medication to work in tandem with all these changes and keep your blood pressure within your goal. So don't delay in making an appointment, give Dr. Hughes and Dr. Musgrave of Argyle Family Practice in Argyle, TX, a call by dialing (940) 226-4850.
"Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men, women, and people of most racial and ethnic groups in the United States," according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which means "one person dies every 37 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease." At Argyle Family Practice in Argyle TX, Drs. Christopher Hughes and William Musgrave help patients prevent heart disease.
Types of Heart Diseases
Heart disease refers to issues and deformities in the heart, as opposed to cardiovascular diseases, which are problems with the blood vessels. There are many types of heart diseases:
- Congenital heart disease: These are deformities present since birth, like septal defects, a hole between the two chambers of the heart.
- Arrhythmia: This is an irregular heartbeat because electrical impulses in the heart aren't properly coordinated. Examples of arrhythmia include tachycardia, when the heart beats too fast, and bradycardia, when the heart beats too slow.
- Coronary artery disease: Damaged coronary arteries, which are responsible for supplying the heart with nutrients and oxygen, reduces oxygen and nutrients.
- Heart failure: This is when the left or right side of the heart does not efficiently pump blood to the whole body. Coronary artery disease or high blood pressure can leave the heart too stiff or weak over time.
Preventing Heart Disease
Birth defects aren't preventable, but there are preventive measures to protect yourself against a pre-existing heart disease spiraling out of control or occurring.
Here's what you can do with the help of your Argyle TX doctor:
- Eat a balanced diet: low-fat (stick to mostly unsaturated fats), high-fiber, and fresh fruit and vegetables each day.
- Reduce the amount of salt and sugar in your diet.
- Regular exercise to strengthen the heart, reduce cholesterol, and maintain healthy blood pressure.
- Maintain healthy body weight and quit smoking.
Whom should you contact?
If you want to learn more about heart disease and how to prevent it, contact Drs. Christopher Hughes and William Musgrave at Argyle Family Practice in Argyle TX by calling (940) 226-4850 today!
About 55 million US adults have never been officially diagnosed with arthritis by a doctor, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Drs. Christopher Hughes and William Musgrave of Argyle Family Practice can diagnose and help treat patients in Argyle TX.
What is arthritis?
Arthritis describes hundreds of conditions and diseases that cause joint inflammation and lead to arthritis, which worsens with time. Arthritis causes bone and joint degeneration. It's also considered an autoimmune disease (immune system attacks the body) that causes widespread pain. There are a few different types of arthritis, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and psoriatic arthritis
Symptoms of Arthritis
Arthritis affects any joint, causing:
- Inflammation around joints
- Restricted joint movement
- Weakness in muscles
How does Argyle Family Practice treat arthritis?
Early detection at our Argyle TX office may prevent chronic health issues, disability, and joint damage.
- You need to give your doctor a full medical history so he can determine if arthritis is a possible diagnosis based on family history and/or your symptoms.
- Drs. Christopher Hughes or William Musgrave determine the type of arthritis using diagnostic tests, like blood tests and X-rays.
- Depending on the severity of your situation, your doctor creates a custom-made plan based on your symptoms, which joint has been affected and the degree of joint damage.
Treating Your Arthritis
There are conservative options available to patients, like:
- Anti-inflammatory medication
- Disease-specific medication
- Physical therapy
- Counterirritants (topical creams)
- Joint injections (viscosupplementation).
If conservative treatments don't work, you may need surgery. Surgery is minimally invasive for fast recovery. If you want to consult your Argyle TX doctor about surgery, you should know this typically means replacing one or more of your affected joints, like your knee, ankle, shoulder, and hips.
Need to speak with a doctor?
If you would like to learn more about maintaining your health, call Argyle Family Practice, Drs. Christopher Hughes and William Musgrave in Argyle TX at (940) 226-4850.
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