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Urgent Care Shares Dangers Of Starving Yourself For Weight Loss: Part 2

First Med Urgent Care Encourages Healthy Practices

In part one of this series, our urgent care staff talked about how people feel this crazy rush to lose weight quickly before summer arrives. We also talked about how some of those people decide that starving themselves is a quick fix, but in reality this choice can cause more problems. We discussed how severe fatigue and muscle deterioration can be causes of malnutrition. If you have questioned whether this “dieting” decision is right for you, our urgent care doctors have provided a few more dangerous reasons why you should reconsider.

Let’s take a look at what other detrimental side effects can be caused by starving yourself for weight loss:

1.) Slower Metabolism: It may seem ironic, but rather than help people lose weight, many times starving the body leads to having an even slower metabolism. This happens, because when the body enters starvation mode it starts to conserve the energy previously stored in order to survive. The brain will trigger the thyroid to slow down the metabolic rate. Once you do start eating again the body is no longer able to get back to burning calories which can prohibit weight loss in the future.

2.) Serious Health Problems: Even if you do manage to starve yourself to the point of rapid weight loss, you’ll be inviting a slew of other complications to possibly develop in your body. Improper nutrition and extreme weight loss practices can lead to heart attacks, seizures, bone health problems, and inflammation in various parts of the body which can cause ongoing pain. Some people may even experience psychological, behavioral, and emotional disorders as a result of malnutrition.

In part one, we listed a few options for losing weight that weren’t so extreme. Our urgent care staff has come up with a few more things you can do to help yourself move in the right direction in a more healthy way. Consider the following:

  • Try bringing a packed, healthy lunch with you to work or school.
  • Need motivation? Use the buddy system by inviting a friend to workout with you.
  • Brush your teeth after eating to prevent overeating. This can be a psychological trigger to your brain that mealtime is over.
  • Choose a smaller plate to help keep your portions more controlled.
  • If you have to eat out, immediately ask for a to-go container and pack away half of your meal for later. Out of sight, out of mind!

Our urgent care staff hopes that this information has helped you realize that starving your body isn’t worth the dangers. We hope you have a happy, healthy journey towards meeting your goals whether that be before summer arrives or long after. Taking your time is better than rushing it.

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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.