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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!

Feeling sick or need a check-up? Come visit one of our many convenient locations today!

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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.

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Urgent Care Answers: Is It Wise To Exercise When You Have A Cold?

First Med Urgent Care: Providing health advice for you

It shouldn’t be news to anyone that exercise is healthy for you. In fact, as a preventative to many illnesses, it is recommended that moderate activity is completed on a regular basis. What happens when you do get sick? A lot of urgent care patients wonder if it is wise to exercise when they have a cold.

The hard-core athletes and determined people fighting to stick to their New Year’s resolutions will not want to stop exercising just because they catch a cold. If you want to continue your exercise routine while you are sick with the common cold it is, generally, safe to do so. As with anything, there are some risks involved and it is important to listen to your body.

  • Monitor heart rate as physical activity mixed with some decongestants can cause your heart to pump harder, causing shortness of breath.
  • If you asthma and a common cold, you could cause yourself to wheeze and cough more than normal. Speak with your doctor before vigorous exercise.
  • If you have a fever with the common cold you could cause your body excess stress.

If you start to feel worse after exercise with a common cold, it is ok to be willing to cease activity for a few days. In fact, over exercising during bouts of the cold could actually increase symptoms of the cold, because exercising uses up the body’s reserve that you need to fight off colds.

Exercising in moderation and listening to your body are the keys to getting over your cold quicker!

If you find your chest is more congested after exercise, if you cough and if you get wheezy it wouldn’t hurt to visit with an urgent care doctor to make certain you can continue exercise. If you find yourself overwhelmed with trying to fight off the common cold, please don’t hesitate to come see an urgent care doctor.

First Med Urgent Care is open 8am-7:30pm, 7 days per week!

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How To Beat Stress

First Med Urgent Care: Tips to fight stress

We, at First Med Urgent Care, understand that our patients are heading into what we will call “the home stretch” for the end of the school year and for workers trying to make it through until summer vacations. It’s that rough time of year when everything seems to pile on as school teachers and business managers are attempting to wrap things up (there are also less holiday breaks than in the beginning of the school year). To put it simply; life gets stressful.

Stress is a serious issue, because it puts you in “fight-or-flight” response mode. For this reason, stress can wreak havoc on your mind and your body. Studies have concluded that stress can cause other problems such as insomnia, depression and cardiovascular issues. Luckily, you can significantly decrease the negative impact of stress by learning a few effective stress management strategies for work and school. Below are four different ways to beat stress:

1.) Take a Walk – Did you know that a quick walk can clear your mind and increase endorphin levels? It can even advance your mental function.
2.) Meditate – Some people think meditating sounds silly, but if you understand how to do it, the benefits will be worth it. It can be as simple as taking a few minutes to concentrate on your breathing in a peaceful setting. If you truly try, you can center your mind and curb anxiety.
3.) Exercise – We wouldn’t be great urgent care staff if we didn’t tell you one of the best ways to be healthy; exercise. That’s right, move around! Many times it has been said that exercise can increase your concentration.
4.) Browse the Internet – Taking a short break will do wonders for your stress levels. Engaging in some internet surfing can break-up the monotony of your routine.

As things get stressful for all of you students, parents, teachers and bosses it is important to consider your health. The staff at First Med Urgent Care hope that you find these tips helpful if you find yourself stressing out.

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Coping with Stress and Preventing Sickness during the Holidays in Oklahoma

First Med Urgent Care: Holiday season

The holiday seasons are upon us and you can’t afford to get sick.  You’re preparing Halloween costumes for yourself or your kids and you’re driving the kids to Halloween events.  You’re routing for your favorite team at football games, and you’re hosting watch parties, Halloween parties, Christmas parties…and don’t forget about ALL that food that needs to be bought and prepared.  Plus the Christmas shopping.

Or that trip to the relative’s house you’ve planned. You CAN’T get sick. Sometimes it feels like getting sick around this time of year is inevitable though. But there are certain reasons why people tend to get sicker quicker and more often this time of year, and if we let you in on those, you’ll have a better chance of staying well for all your events.

Number one, we are simply more busy and simply have more on our plate and simply feel like we are going crazy. Who hasn’t felt crazy last minute Christmas shopping in the mall? It happens. But the stress that comes along with all that can, in a round about way, weaken you emotionally and also physically.

That stress plays a part in weakening our immune systems. When you are weak, you’re more susceptible to germs.

Secondly, sometimes you loose sleep this time of year because there is just not enough time in the day to cram everything in. Lack of sleep can also render you more susceptible to germs because your body has not had proper rest, something that is essential for growth and recovery.

Below are ways to cope with stress and the hormones that cause immune system problems. Click here for more on this topic.

Chronic worry and emotional stress can trigger a host of health problems. It can trigger hormones that can boost blood sugar levels and triglycerides (blood fats) that can be used by the body for fuel. When the excessive fuel in the blood isn’t used for physical activities, the chronic anxiety and outpouring of stress hormones can have serious physical consequences, including suppression of the immune system.

It isn’t the stress that makes you ill. Rather, it’s the effect responses such as excessive worrying and anxiety have on various interacting systems (immune system, your heart and blood vessels, certain glands, hormones that are secreted) that can bring on the physical illness. There are things you can do, though, including lifestyle changes, to alter the way you respond.

What Lifestyle Changes Might Help Excessive Worriers?

Although excessive worrying and high anxiety can cause an imbalance in your body, there are many options you have that can re-establish harmony of mind, body, and spirit. Here are a few options that you can consider:

  • Talk to your doctor. Start by talking with your primary care physician. Get a thorough physical exam to make sure other health problems are not fueling your feelings of anxiety.
  • Exercise daily. With your doctor’s approval, begin a regular exercise program.
  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet. Stress and worrying provoke some people to eat too little, others too much, or to eat unhealthy foods. Keep your health in mind when worrying nudges you toward the fridge.
  • Drink caffeine in moderation. Caffeine stimulates the nervous system, which can trigger adrenaline and make you feel nervous and jittery.
  • Be conscious of your worries. Do not dwell on them. Set aside 15 minutes each day where you allow yourself to focus on problems and fears — and then vow to let them go after the 15 minutes is up.
  • Learn to relax. Relaxation techniques can trigger the relaxation response — a physiological state characterized by a feeling of warmth and quiet mental alertness. 
  • Have a strong social network. Loneliness may be as much a risk factor for disease as having high cholesterol or smoking cigarettes. Be a friend to make a friend.
  • Talk to a professional therapist. Psychological counseling can help you develop appropriate coping strategies to deal with issues that trigger excessive worrying. The therapist can help you by suggesting ways that may help you change. But you have to be the one to make the changes. Therapy is only successful if you work on getting better. – Click here for a more extensive version.

Getting a flu shot early in the season is also very important.

Along with these lifestyle changes, stopping the spread of the flu in your house before it starts will make for a much less stressful holiday season. No one wants to get sick, especially when they can’t afford to. First Med offers flu shots every day at our 5 locations throughout the OKC metro. We are open from 8am to 7:30pm seven days a week. Come in before the flu affects your house and let us help you prevent sickness and lower stress! Also, check out this free download with more information about Flu Season 2013.