Stop Type 2 Diabetes in Its Tracks!

Type 2 diabetes is one of the most pressing diseases currently affecting Americans. While type 2 diabetes was traditionally most prevalent in older adults, it is now becoming very common among young adults and even children. Many people don’t realize the harmful effects of type 2 diabetes until it’s too late. How does type 2 diabetes affect life expectancies and how can you prevent yourself from getting it?

Type 2 Diabetes and Your Life

Diabetes is currently the 7th most common cause of death in the United States of America. While there isn’t currently an accurate average life expectancy for adults with type 2 diabetes, it is widely accepted that it dramatically decreases your lifespan. The more your type 2 diabetes is under control, the longer that you will live. If your type 2 diabetes goes undiagnosed or untreated for long stretches of time, it will definitely cut into your normal life expectancy. The most common killer of people with type 2 diabetes is heart disease. Over time, high blood sugar will damage your blood vessels and lead to cardiovascular disease.

Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

Thankfully, there are many different ways to decrease your chances of developing type 2 diabetes.

  • Reduce your portion sizes during meals and add more fruits and vegetables to your plate.
  • Exercise for at least 30 minutes a day 5 days a week.
  • Move when you don’t need to! Try walking to the post office instead of driving, or walking to a coworker’s desk instead of sending an email.
  • Make healthy food choices at least 80% of the time.
  • Drink water instead of caffeinated beverages or sugary sodas.
  • Track the food and drinks you consume every day to spot patterns in your eating or binging.
  • Take your blood sugar regularly if you are concerned about your risk for type 2 diabetes.

Keep Your Patients and Your Practice Healthy

Vetters Enterprises specializes in practice management, revenue cycle optimization, and private practice business support. We can perform detailed assessments of your practice or facility and identify potential issues. Let us keep your business as healthy as you keep your patients! Give us a call at (443) 352-0088.

Preventing Sciatica with Chiropractic Care

While there are several different reasons that a patient could experience short-term or chronic lower back pain, a pinched sciatic nerve is a common culprit. The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in the body, and when it is compressed or irritated it can result in severe pain. Keep reading to learn more about chiropractic treatments and methods for preventing sciatica.

 

 

 

What is Sciatica?

Sciatica refers to a leg pain caused by a pinched nerve that originates in the lower back but can radiate into the back or side of the legs. Pain can vary in intensity from dull, achy pains similar to a toothache, to pins and needles that are comparable to electric shocks. As you can imagine, this can be incredibly hindering and downright intolerable for patients. In most cases, the pain of sciatica dissipates within 6-weeks when a specialized treatment plan is in place.

Chiropractic Treatment and Other Methods for Preventing Sciatica

While many disorders can cause sciatica, a herniated disk is commonly to blame. Patients experiencing sciatica tend to respond well to a combination of treatments that are specific to their symptoms and cause of pain.  Effective sciatica treatment plans for long-term relief often include:

  • Chiropractic Manipulation – Spinal adjustments are a non-invasive and drug-free option for relief. They can help relieve pressure on the sciatic nerve by freeing restricted movement of the spine and minimizing the nerve irritability that causes inflammation, pain and muscle spasms.
  • Exercises – Extra weight and lack of movement can put pressure on the spine and weaken the muscles, increasing the risk of further strain. Physical therapy, deep stretches and exercises that promote core strength in the back and abdomen, such as yoga, are helpful for relief.
  • Posture Practice – Eliminate poor posture by aligning the ears over the shoulders, shoulders with the hips, tucking in the buttocks and engaging an active core. When sleeping, it is helpful to put a pillow under the knees and avoid sleeping on the stomach.
  • TENS Unit – Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) units minimize muscle spasms and treat acute pain through variable intensities of electrical current control.
  • Anti-Inflammatory Medications – NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen and naproxen, can relieve pain by reducing inflammation.