It’s essential to stay on top of meal planning and exercise, but choosing a diet should take more than a quick internet search. Successful dieters, even those who follow standardized programs, lose and keep off weight when they pair their plans with structure from their health care providers.
Getting Health Care Providers on Board
Diets don’t just affect the waistline. Drastically changing food intake and exercise can cause a lot of change to a dieter’s mood and body. Doctors can help predict these changes or give assistance for putting health first while getting into the swing of a new plan.
When speaking with a doctor, be sure to go over:
Body Data Baselines: In order to know changes have occurred, be sure to mark starting points. It’s obvious to record a starting weight and look for change, but keeping record of blood pressure, cholesterol or blood sugar level will be helpful for evaluating future changes. These are easily measured with a routine physical.
Details of the Plan: Doctors will want to help dieters make good decisions, and dieters should know they can trust medical professionals to help tailor any diet. Professionals can also serve as the voice of reason when a diet sounds too good to be true. If a plan is unrealistic, or can cause harm, a doctor cannot guard a patient against injury without being fully informed of the dieter’s intentions.
Regulating Exercise: Sometimes, dieters need the reminder that exercise is a necessary part of keeping a healthy body weight. A doctor can support an exercise plan that’s realistic and therefore easier to keep going. Lowered caloric intake can cause fatigue and complications from a higher starting weight and may make ambitious exercise schedules less likely to stick, but ramping up exercise as a part of a diet plan can be incredibly helpful.
To begin, schedule an appointment with a family doctor, or for a more immediate start, drop by a walk-in clinic for a routine physical, and share concerns and plans with a licensed physician.
Walk-in clinics and urgent care centers like Doctors Express may not be able to completely replace emergency room and traditional doctor services, but there are many conditions that don’t require the ER and the wait and bills that come with it.
When to Visit the Emergency Room
Some conditions require hospital-level attention. While an ER might be a little more expensive, some of these issues require the different departments that only a hospital can offer.
Symptoms of a heart attack – chest pains, shortness of breath and numbness in the extremities should be addressed by the professionals at an ER.
Complications with pregnancies – pregnant women with abnormal issues in otherwise normal pregnancies should stick with the directions given by their OB/GYNs and they most likely will make the call for the ER.
Seizures and unconsciousness – an emergency room can direct a patient to routine care or a brain specialist, both of which are found in a hospital setting.
When to Choose Urgent Care
There are several medical issues and emergencies that arise that definitely do not require a trip to the local hospital. In fact, some of these minor but important situations are treated as less of a priority in an ER. Urgent care and walk-in clinics are excellent alternatives.
Most injuries – Sprains, cuts and lacerations can be treated quickly, without the long wait often associated with the ER.
Colds and flus – Sicknesses like sinus infections, colds, ear, nose, and throat concerns and flus are easily handled immediately by a licensed physician. An ER may consider these issues to be less important, and a patient might be seen by a nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant.
Work and school-related appointments – Drug tests for work, physicals for employment or school participation, and follow ups for workmen’s comp claims can be handled swiftly and inexpensively.
Skin irritations and infections – Skin tags, ingrown nails and minor burns can all be handled by an urgent care center or walk in clinic.
Vaccinations – There’s no need to visit the ER; schedule a trip to the doctor’s office for a flu shot or travel vaccinations.