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First Med Urgent Care: LCDs and VLCDs

First Med Urgent Care talks about low-calorie diets and very low-calorie diets

Losing weight is something most people will have to do at some point in their lives. Whether it’s because we stopped going to the gym, started enjoying good food a little too much, or just got older and watched our metabolism slow most people will pack on a few extra pounds. Losing a few extra pounds isn’t a big deal usually, eat a little better or go to the gym a little more often and you’ll be fine. Some of us though, pack on more than just a few pounds causing a disease known as obesity. It’s much harder to lose these pounds because in addition to there being more pounds to lose, often we’re so entrenched in the habits that brought us to that point that it seem impossible to break them. The best way to lose weight and keep it off is to change one’s lifestyle, but certain diets can help kickstart the road to beating obesity. First Med Urgent Care is here to talk about some of these diets.

LCD (Low-Calorie Diet): LCD’s are common for people who are suffering from obesity. The number of calories an LCD will limit you to will vary depending on age, sex, and other lifestyle factors but usually women will be put on a diet of about 1,200 calories/day while men may have something closer to 1,600/day. These numbers may be much lower depending on factors though. LCDs usually consist of regular food but can include meal replacement shakes. Longterm and coupled with lifestyle changes these diets can help you lose a large amount of weight and keep it off.

VLCD (Very Low-Calorie Diet): These are like LCDs but instead of using real food most of your meals will be replaced with nutrient shakes. People on a VLCD will consume about 800 calories a day from these shakes. These diets are reserved for people who need extreme weight loss fast and will always be closely monitored by a doctor to ensure the health and safety of the patient.

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First Med Urgent Care: Binge eating and you

First Med Urgent Care: What is a binge eating disorder?

We’ve all had those moments, typically at a party or on the holidays, where we see a large spread of food and eat way too much! Or maybe you get so caught up in a show you don’t realize you ate way too many chips or popcorn. Everyone binge eats sometimes, but when does it become a problem? First Med Urgent Care has some answers for you.

First off, binge eating is officially described as eating a large amount of food in a short amount of time while feeling like you have no control over what you eat. Binge eating every once in awhile doesn’t mean you’ve got a crippling eating disorder, just that you were really hungry and there was a lot of food! However, if you find yourself binge eating regularly though (around once a week for 3 months) you might have what’s called Binge Eating Disorder. If you think you might have this eating disorder, it’s important to meet with a mental health professional and confirm that’s whats really going on. Currently, no one knows exactly what causes this disorder but most agree it’s a mix of factors including genes, social pressures, and feelings.

If it’s confirmed that you have binge eating disorder there are a wide range of treatment options depending on what factor seems to be affecting you the most. Medicine can be used sometimes, but your mental health professional might try other kinds of therapy such as talk and behavioral weight loss treatment therapy. Binge eating disorder isn’t something you can ignore for long, it can lead to significant weight gain which can lead to a host of health problems!

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Urgent Care Reports: Heart Attacks Symptoms

First Med Urgent Care: Heart attacks

A heart attack happens if the flow of oxygen-rich blood to a section of heart muscle suddenly becomes blocked. Most heart attacks occur as a result of coronary heart disease (CHD). This is a condition in which a waxy substance called plaque builds up inside of the coronary arteries. When plaque builds up in the arteries, the condition is called atherosclerosis. A less common cause of heart attack is a severe tightening (spasm) of a coronary artery. The spasm cuts off blood flow through the artery.

According to a Heart Health publication, found on WebMd, there are some slightly different signs of a heart attack for men than there are for women. More specifically, when a heart attack strikes, it doesn’t always feel the same in women as it does in men.

We value your health at First Med Urgent Care and we want to enlighten our patients with information about the heart attack symptoms. The most common heart attack symptoms among most men are:

1.) Crushing chest pain or discomfort
2.) Discomfort in the arms, back, neck, jaw or stomach
3.) Shortness of breath
4.) Suddenly breaking into a cold and profuse sweat
5.) Nausea
6.) Sudden onset of symptoms

As with men, women often feel some of these same heart attack symptoms, but there can be some additional symptoms for women. The most common heart attack symptoms for most women are:

1.) Crushing chest pain or discomfort
2.) Pain in the arms, back, neck, jaw or stomach
3.) Nausea, dizziness or suddenly feeling fatigued
4.) Cold sweating and/or flu-like symptoms
5.) Shortness of breath
6.) Feelings of indigestion or heartburn
7.) Sudden onset of symptoms OR symptoms for days

Responding rapidly in response to heart attack symptoms can save lives. About half the people who die from heart attacks do so within the first hour after heart attack symptoms begin. If you see someone who appears to be having a heart attack, call 911 right away. While waiting for paramedics, try to keep the person calm, and have them sit or lie down. If the person is not allergic to aspirin, have them chew and swallow aspirin. If the person stops breathing, you or someone else who is qualified should perform CPR immediately. If you don’t know CPR, the 911 operator can assist you until the emergency medical service personnel arrive.