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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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First Med Urgent Care Talks About High Cholesterol

Urgent Care Topic: Cholesterol

You’ve probably heard high cholesterol mentioned a lot in association with various health screenings, but what you should know is that high cholesterol is something that can occur in anyone young or old. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 102 million American adults (20 years or older) have higher than healthy cholesterol levels. Even one-fifth of America’s youth (age 12-19) have at least on abnormal lipid level.

This is pretty serious stuff! In fact, when your cholesterol is too high, it can build up on the walls of your arteries and form plaque. The plaque buildup can slow or block blood flow and lead to more serious conditions such as; hardening of your arteries, Coronary Artery Disease, Angina, Heart Attack and Stroke.

Whether you have been diagnosed with high cholesterol at an urgent care or already being treated, you should know what to speak with a doctor about in order to manage your condition the best way possible.

Be willing to discuss some of the following:

  • Whether you have stress, sleep troubles or anything new happening in your life.
  • When your cholesterol was last checked.
  • If you’ve made any diet changes.
  • If you take medication for cholesterol and whether you are consistent in taking it.

There is no direct symptoms in the vast majority of cases, so a blood test is the only way to know whether or not your cholesterol level is above 240 milligrams/deciliter. If you’re over the age of 20, it’s a good idea to start getting your cholesterol levels checked on a regular basis. At First Med Urgent Care, we have an onsite lab which is perfect for obtaining medical information quickly.

About Us:

First Med is a walk-in urgent care medical clinic that provides medical treatment to individuals, families and employers. We are open 7 days a week 8:00am – 7:30pm. No appointment is necessary to enjoy our convenient medical care, just walk in and receive prompt attention. We have a physician on staff to provide the highest level of care possible. First Med is for non-emergency medical problems.