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Labs Like Premier Medical Laboratory Services Now Seeing Increased Demand for Various Molecular Diagnostic Tests

~As social distancing measures have decreased, demand for medical tests other than COVID-19 increase~

GREENVILLE, SC September 23, 2020  – At the onset of the pandemic the nation began to practice social distancing, and subsequently, many stopped scheduling visits with their doctors. Laboratories like Premier Medical Laboratory Services suddenly pivoted much of their efforts into providing a high volume of testing for COVID-19. Now, as more businesses and schools have reopened, less of the population has continued to practice extreme social distancing measures. Accordingly, more patients are visiting their physicians’ offices again for routine check-ups and other healthcare needs other than the Coronavirus.

With this, PMLS, recently named one of the Top Genetic Diagnostic Companies of 2020, says that they are beginning to see a rise in demand for tests that they offer to address various medical diagnostic needs aside from COVID-19. Some of these tests included are their pharmacogenomics, advanced cardiovascular testing, and their women’s health & wellness and diabetes panels.

“We are continuing to process up to 50,000 COVID-19 tests per day, but are glad to see an increase in orders for the other tests we provide,” said Kevin Murdock founder of Premier Medical Laboratory Services. “We know that our tests offer vital insight to physicians so that they can best plan the proper care for their patients.”

Including their portfolio of COVID-19 assays, all of PMLS’ tests processed at their 40,000 sqft laboratory are performed with the latest in science and technology to provide the most advanced and comprehensive testing results. For example, PMLS’s MDDiabeticPro panel includes the revolutionary DIABETESpredict test, which is a first of its kind predictive genetic test for type 2 diabetes developed in collaboration with world leading doctors and scientists of Harvard and MIT. The DIABETESpredict test is expected to mark a new era in diabetes prevention and care through evaluating the risk of the disease onset by examining individual genetic profiles and is currently only available to the US through PMLS.

PMLS’s cardiovascular panel, MDHeartPro, offers a more complete look at a patient’s cardiovascular health than the standard lipid profile that is commonly ordered.  In addition to the standard lipid panel, MDHeartPro includes tests that identify plaque buildup, lipid particle size, hereditary factors, and other advanced risk factors.

At PMLS’s fully COLA and CLIA regulated laboratory many of their processes are automated with cutting-edge laboratory equipment. Using a cloud based-laboratory information management system, OnGen, PMLS communicates real-time results to physicians directly from their lab equipment. Because of this, PMLS is able to process hundreds of thousands of COVID-19 tests per month while increasing the testing capacity for their other molecular diagnostic offerings without compromising accuracy or their quick turnaround time of results.

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Premier Medical Laboratory Services Named Among Top Genetic Diagnostic Companies of 2020 by Healthcare Tech Outlook

GREENVILLE, SC August 18, 2020  – Premier Medical Laboratory Services (PMLS) announces today that they have been named one of the Top Genetic Diagnostic Companies of 2020 by Healthcare Tech Outlook, a leading national healthcare publication. The designation, earned by the Greenville, SC laboratory, comes with recognition for their providing the most advanced diagnostic testing solutions with accuracy and efficiency through employing the latest in science and technology.

One of the reasons PMLS was selected by the publication is that they are a highly complex laboratory with various types of test offerings to address many medical diagnostic needs. From COVID-19 PCR tests, antibody testing, pharmacogenomics, advanced cardiovascular testing, and their women’s health & wellness and diabetes panels, all of PMLS’ tests are performed under one roof with cutting-edge laboratory equipment, providing a quick turnaround of results for physicians and patients.

“We are honored to be designated as a top genetic diagnostic company of 2020 by Healthcare Tech Outlook,” said Kevin Murdock, Founder of Premier Medical Laboratory Services. “Our team of scientists and laboratory personnel is continually focused on providing the most advanced solutions to diagnostic testing demands, and to helping physicians provide top-level care to their patients.” 

Along with titling PMLS a top genetic diagnostic company, Healthcare Tech Outlook noted that Premier Medical Laboratory Services’ MDDiabeticPro panel includes the revolutionary DIABETESpredict test, which is a first of its kind predictive genetic test for type 2 diabetes developed in collaboration with world leading doctors and scientists of Harvard and MIT. The DIABETESpredict test is expected to mark a new era in diabetes prevention and care through evaluating the risk of the disease onset by examining individual genetic profiles and is currently available to the US through PMLS.

Along with their MDDiabeticPro panel, the article also recognizes PMLS’ full respiratory pathogen panel and GI panel, as well as their cardiovascular panel MDHeartPro, which more accurately depicts a patient’s overall heart health than a standard lipid panel that is often used by other laboratories. All of these testing services are conducted at PMLS’s 40,000 sqft COLA and CLIA regulated laboratory in Greenville, South Carolina alongside their recently added portfolio of COVID-19 related tests.

By employing the latest in laboratory equipment, added staff and a highly advanced laboratory information management system, OnGen, PMLS has been able to expand their testing capacity and add quality PCR and antibody testing for COVID-19 to their diagnostic testing services. Additionally, the article explores how PMLS has found solutions to overcome COVID-19 supply chain shortages in coordination with their sister company, CPT Medical, who makes their own viral transport media and specimen collection kits.

Healthcare Tech Outlook states, “PMLS is a highly sophisticated and top of the line advanced diagnostics lab” with “robust diagnostic services.”

To read the full article, please visit this link: https://bit.ly/2POMkYW.

For more information about Premier Medical Laboratory Services, please visit www.PreMedInc.com or call 1.877.335.2455.

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ABOUT PREMIER MEDICAL LABORATORY

Premier Medical Laboratory Services (PMLS) is a CLIA and COLA regulated laboratory based in Greenville, South Carolina focused on providing clinically meaningful results to medical practitioners. Premier Medical Laboratory Services offers a variety of highly specialized tests including: the only Type II Diabetes molecular predisposition test available in the U.S., advanced cardiovascular testing, hereditary cancer screening, carrier screening, women’s health panels, pharmacogenomics, serum allergy testing, blood wellness, Hepatitis C genotyping, respiratory pathogens, gastrointestinal pathogens, and more. In addition to its specialty programs, Premier Medical Laboratory offers a comprehensive testing menu of general chemistry, immunoassay, and hematology tests. The company also is proud to offer a patient friendly billing policy.

For more information, please visit www.PreMedInc.com or call 1.877.335.2455.

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Alcohol and Drug Abuse Awareness

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Alcohol has been shown to statistically cause more teenage fatalities than all other drugs put together.

Because alcohol has been shown to be strongly correlated with the three leading causes of death among young adults – suicide, murder, and accidents , such as car accidents – the threat that alcohol poses to young populations needs to be taken more seriously.

The health care costs of both drug and alcohol abuse are staggering as well. The National Institute of Drug Abuse found that alcohol abuse costs $27 billion every year in health care costs and drug abuse collectively costs $37 billion for illicit and prescription drug abuse combined. Those numbers are worrying.

More worrying still is the fact that these numbers are only a drop in the bucket compared to the overall costs that alcohol and drug abuse take on a nation in terms of lost productivity, increased crime, and as already alluded to skyrocketing health care costs.

When you add up these three costs (lower productivity, higher crime, and higher health care costs) you’re talking about nearly a quarter-trillion or $249 billion annually for alcohol abuse and over a quarter trillion for illicit and prescription drugs combined.

The Monitoring the Future study’s results show some promising trends as well as areas for continued concern with respect to today’s youth and tomorrow’s future. Alcohol use among 12th graders, for instance, has gone down about 7% over the last 3 years whereas illicit drug use has pretty much stayed steady with about half of 12th graders indulging in illicit drugs.

Fortunately, the number of 8th graders choosing to partake in alcohol use has gone down since 2013 when it was 27.80% – today that number is 22.80%, which means that fewer than one in four 8th graders is choosing to use alcohol. The number of 12th graders using marijuana, though, has remained fairly constant at around half (~48%) over the last three years.

The frightening reality for many substance abuse, mental health experts, politicians, and concerned parents is that youngsters that drink are more than 7 times more likely to partake in other illicit drugs. And get this: A kid who drinks who 50 times more likely to use cocaine illicitly and on a recreational basis than another kid who abstains from alcohol altogether through his or her middle school, high school, and early adult years.

Recent data shows that among the nearly 4 million people who were treated in 2005 for substance abuse a full 2.4 million were also treated for alcohol abuse. That’s because there’s a big comorbidity (or co-occurrence) between the two kinds of abuse. There also happens to be a big correlation between drug abuse, alcohol abuse, anxiety disorders, and depression.

This is still a chicken or the egg question that psychologists and mental health professionals are trying to work out but it’s currently believed that anxiety disorders, major depression, or bipolar disorder could predispose certain people to start using certain illicit substances and alcohol in order to self medicate. This is never appropriate and a mental health professional and substance abuse counselor should always be called in to help.

Help is needed more desperately than ever because more Americans are falling prey to drug and alcohol abuse. Worryingly, a full 40% of violent crime has been associated with alcohol use, according to the United States Department of Justice. In a single year (2007) alcohol-related traffic fatalities topped 10,000 people. That’s more than should ever succumb to these kinds of accidents.

If you or a loved one are struggled with drug abuse or alcohol abuse contact a substance abuse counselor today for help.

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GlycoMark®, Inc. Announces Partnership with Premier Medical Laboratory Services to Expand Diabetes Test Menu

New York, NY. Sept. 25th, 2018 – GlycoMark®, Inc. has announced a partnership with Premier Medical Laboratory Services (PMLS) to increase the availability of the GlycoMark test, the only FDA-cleared blood test specific to detecting recent hyperglycemia and hyperglycemic excursions in patients with diabetes. With the partnership, PMLS will promote and offer the GlycoMark test to its network of physicians through its sales organization and MD DiabeticPro® laboratory services.

“As an industry leader, we strive to provide physicians with innovative solutions that enable the best possible care for patients,” said Melanie Stallings, Director of Laboratory Operations of Premier Medical Laboratory Services. “We believe that the GlycoMark test provides important additional information to help physicians personalize patient treatment plans and drive better clinical outcomes.”

Hyperglycemia, which leads to numerous diabetic vascular complications, isn’t always easily detected. Nearly 40% of patients who are deemed to be in “good control”, based on A1C glucose averages, may have significant postprandial hyperglycemia or glycemic variability. Furthermore, a periodic blood glucose is not always reliably timed or performed, and may yield inaccurate results.

“We are very pleased with our partnership with Premier Medical Laboratory. By adding the GlycoMark test to PMLS’s MD DiabeticPro menu, physicians will have increased awareness and access to the test to help improve the management of patients with diabetes,” said Hiro Ishibashi, President of GlycoMark, Inc.

ABOUT GLYCOMARK

GlycoMark, Inc., based in Manhattan, New York, is dedicated to improving the management and health of patients with diabetes. The company is a joint venture among Toyota Tsusho America, Inc. (New York, NY), Toyota Tsusho Corporation (Tokyo, Japan), and Nippon Kayaku Co., Ltd. (Tokyo, Japan), and is the exclusive supplier of the GlycoMark test in the U.S., Europe, Australia, Indonesia and the Middle East. The GlycoMark test is the only FDA cleared non-fasting blood test that detects hyperglycemia and hyperglycemic excursions occurring in the prior 1 to 2 weeks. Since its discovery, the GlycoMark Test, a quantitative test for 1,5-Anhydroglucitol (1,5-AG), has been described in more than 1,300 scientific and medical publications and is shown to be independently associated with complications of diabetes. More information is available at www.GlycoMark.com.

ABOUT PREMIER MEDICAL LABORATORY

Premier Medical is a highly complex, advanced diagnostic lab with multiple specialty programs and a full complement of chemistry, immunoassay and hematology testing, located in Greenville, SC.

With our partnership with GlycoMark, we would like to announce our new test panel:

  • MD DiabeticPro
  • Glucose w eAG
  • Hemoglobin A1C
  • GlycoMark
  • Hemoblobin A1C/GlycoMark Ratio
  • Adiponectin
  • Insulin
  • C-Peptide

PMLS also offers the following specialty tests, to provide clinicians with clinically relevant testing in order to improve patient outcomes and quality of life:

  • MD HeartPro – An advanced cardiovascular profile that identifies hidden risk factors not identified by common cardiovascular testing
  • MD AllergyPro – Serum based IgE testing
  • MD DrugPro – A Medication Compliance Monitoring toxicology program
  • MD WellnessPro – A comprehensive look at a patient’s wellness profile
  • MD GeneticPro – Premier Medical’s constantly growing molecular department’s menu includes
      • Pharmacogenomics
      • Hereditary Cancer Panels
      • Women’s Health Vaginitis/Vaginosis/STI panel
      • Respiratory Pathogen Panel
      • Gastrointestinal Pathogen Panel
      • Hepatitis C Genotyping

GlycoMark is a registered trademark of GlycoMark, Inc. MD DiabeticPro is a registered trademark of Premier Medical Laboratory.

 

MEDIA CONTACT

Lauren Lehman, Marketing and Partner Relations

lauren_lehman@glycomark.com

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Tips on Eating Healthier

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Your Health is Your Responsibility

Deciding to eat healthier and making wiser food choices is a personal choice you alone must make as no one else can make this decision for you.

Never before has America seen the level of obese people as there are in today’s society. If you are over 30 your ideal body weight you are considered obese, a hard word to admit. If you are over this 30, your weight you are considered to be “Morbidly Obese.” There are many reasons for our obesity problem, but the bottom line has to do with making the right food choices for the rest of your life, a lifestyle change.

To eat healthier means to eat all the food groups in appropriate amounts and leaving the table feeling sufficiently full, meaning you do not exit the table with a “stuffed” stomach.

  • Eating healthy has absolutely nothing to do with any diet.
  • Eating healthy is a healthy state of your mind.
  • Eating healthy is a lifetime is your commitment for lifestyle changes
  • Eating healthy never constitutes eating even healthy foods until your seams split in your clothes.
  • Eating healthy means eating appropriate amounts of healthy foods.
  • Eating healthy never ends as long as you live

Eating healthy means a better blood pressure, decreasing risks for heart disease and diabetes. You reduce the chance of other diseases due to obesity. You have better chances of keeping your weight within an appropriate range for your body type and age. Keep your weight healthy by eating properly size meals.

What Does Healthy Eating Constitute? 

  • Whole grains
  • Fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables
  • Fresh chicken, turkey, fish, eggs
  • Eat less red meat, two to three times a week
  • Dairy
  • Fats
  • Natural sugars
  • Avoid eating white such as white flour, white sugar, and too much salt

Necessary Food Groups Every Day

Whole Grains

Whole wheat bread, pasta, and cereals without sugar content. Make sure the label reads, “Whole.”

Fruits and Vegetables

These foods add many vitamins, minerals, and fiber to your diet. Eating these groups is better than drinking 100% fruit juices

Proteins

Healthy proteins include limited red meat, chicken, turkey, fish, eggs, beans, nuts, soy

Dairy

Adds needed calcium to the body for healthy teeth, bones. Examples include low-fat yogurt, cheese, and milk

Fats

The body requires some fat each day. Avoid saturated fats and turn to unsaturated fatty foods, for example, oily fish, and avocados. Healthy fats are necessary for healthy joints, hair, and skin.

Sugars

Sugars are contained naturally in some foods like fruits. Avoid white sugar, high fructose corn syrup and anything that relates to sugar (read food labels.) Too much sugar will help you gain weight; increase the risk for heart disease and diabetes. Too much sugar puts you at risk for other diseases.

You Can Manage Your Food Groups

Control your meal portion sizes depending on your age, and activity levels.

Eat fresh or fresh frozen foods and avoid canned foods that contain hidden sugars, and hidden sodium.

Eat foods by baking, broiling, grilling, steaming.

Avoid

  • Avoid processed foods
  • Avoid frying foods
  • Avoid overcooking foods
  • Avoid candy, cookies, cakes, pies, ice cream
  • Limit alcohol
  • Stop smoking
  • Avoid salt and replace with herbs and spices

It takes a bit of common sense to eat healthier. Eating healthy is not a complicated matter or restrictive. If you eat foods from mostly plant sources like fresh or frozen vegetables, fruits, whole grains and strictly limit your processed food choices, and red meats, you are feeding your body healthier.

Add to your healthy lifestyle, eating a doctor approved, daily exercise routine.

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Getting Active With The Whole Family

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Balancing Work and Family Fitness

In today’s society, both parents work. The reason for this comes out of the necessity to bring in an adequate amount of money to meet debt demands. A mother and father are the first to express concern about making the time to balance the needs of the family while balancing the budget and having the time and energy for both.

Set a Good Example for Your Kids

If you are a parent, you need to remember that your children learn by the example you set. Children are keen on observation and follow what parents do and say.

For example, if you are a couch potato in any spare time you have, your children are going to spend more time sitting, gaming, watching television, and take up more inactivity outlets.

This generation is full of electronics that grab the interest and attention of children everywhere. It seems as though all kids want to do is play with their electronic gadgets.

These sedentary activities do bodies no favors. Learn to limit your children’s time on television, kindles, iPhones, computers, and gaming consoles. Children these days love to be told to “Go to your room.”

Everyone Has 24 Hours in a Day

If you are a parent, you are the ones to instill in your kids the importance of physical fitness. Everyone has 24 hours in a day. The clue to making the time for physical fitness with the kids is how you schedule your time.

Allowing one hour out of 24 hours a day for moderate to vigorous activity every day helps all family members remain healthy and keep weights within a reasonable range. This time also allows for bonding time for parents and children.

This one hour allows for your kids to learn how important physical fitness is to you and your spouse. The kids may not want to comply, but once they do they will not know where the hour went and wanted more.

Do as much as you can outdoors. The fresh air is invigorating and gives parents and children a healthy appetite for all of the healthy foods you fix.

If you are at a loss for ideas, there are plenty of ways in which you incorporate one hour of fitness with the kids.

Some Family Activity Examples

  • Hiking on a nature trail
  • Biking
  • Team sports
  • Walking
  • Go bowling
  • Play a game of tennis
  • Play tag
  • Take the kids for a game of miniature golf
  • Fly a kite
  • Go sledding
  • Cross-country ski
  • Take the family for a swim, winter or summer
  • Play ball
  • Jump rope
  • Lawn care, garden, and pulling weeds
  • Rake up leaves and jump in the piles
  • Plan a room where you can, and your kids can build a workout room on inclement weather days.

Do not allow your children to form bad habits for exercise and eating.

When there is something as important in your life as physical activity for one hour a day, many things can obstruct your plans. These obstructions can come in the form of,
emergencies, work, deadlines, and unexpected visits from family and friends to mention a few.

You must meet your unique obligations so just rearrange your schedule and fit it in or spend extra time the next day doing what everyone loves to do in the way of exercise such as biking two hours instead of one hour.

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Men’s Health Month

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Join in June

Supported by a congressional health program, Men’s Health Month is an outreach movement that strives to touch the lives of men and any loved ones affected by trying health issues. Early detection, screenings, and other proactive solutions are all a part of what makes June the one month out of the year that educates and brings awareness to the many men’s health issues that plague men worldwide.

Here are a few of the ways Men’s Health Month is making a difference today:

  • It draws attention to the diseases that are harming men everywhere. Many of these diseases might be preventable if caught and treated early on.
  • The spotlight is given to men’s health issues and encourages those in government positions to address the various problems afflicting men of all ages through policy making and championing awareness.
  • Media and individuals use the month of June to show their own concerns and support for Men’s Health by participating in special interest pieces or by encouraging the younger and older generation to participate in medical screenings, physicals, and monthly check-ups.
  • Participation in the “Plan to Wear Blue” that is embraced during Men’s Health Month encourages people from all walks of life to wear blue in united support of Men’s Health. It also encourages those interested to request allowing a day to wear blue at their job sites or to begin various “Wear Blue” events or fundraisers to raise money for men’s health.

What to Know

For men the need to stay informed and up to date on the state of their personal health is imperative. So what are some of the largest health issues men deal with now? Check out this list and see if you are, have or know someone who has faced or still deal with some of these terribly common health issues that affect men’s quality of life:

  • Cardiovascular disease- Hypertension commonly afflicts young men and close to 3 million men suffer from a stroke every year. Those incidents emphasize why periodic heart monitoring checkups are a must for men.
  • Respiratory disease-While most cases of lung cancer can be contributed to smoking, occupational hazards like asbestos are also known to cause lung cancer in men.
  • Various Cancers- Colon, throat, mouth, liver, and esophagus cancers are a higher risk for men who drink alcohol. They are hospitalized more than women for severe cases of alcohol use. It triggers higher death rates for males than females.
  • Depression- While women are more likely to attempt suicide more men are likely to die by suicide. Men, by comparison, are less likely to acknowledge they are struggling with depression and many will not seek help for it.
  • Diabetes- This disease lowers testosterone levels, increases depression and anxiety when left untreated. It can lead to kidney damage, heart disease, and vision problems.

Do you know someone who is struggling with tiresome and debilitating health issues? Are you? You are not alone. There is hope! Men’s Health Month is about giving men the ammunition they need to fight back against diseases that are destroying their quality of life.

 

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What is Psoriasis?

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Psoriasis is a skin inflammation caused when your body has an overactive immune system.

This skin inflammation can present itself in the form of red patches of skin. These patches can be itchy, scaly, and silvery in appearance. These red patches can be intensely itchy. Those individuals diagnosed with psoriasis arthritis experience joint swelling, pain, and stiffness.

If your doctor diagnoses you with a skin condition called “Psoriasis,” you may have one of the five types of psoriasis such as plaque, guttate, inverse, or pustular Erythrodermic. Plaque psoriasis is the most common type of psoriasis that affects upwards of 80 to 90 percent of the American populace.

The kind of psoriasis you have determines the type of treatment the doctor says is the correct treatment for you.

Where Does Psoriasis Commonly Attack the Skin?

Psoriasis commonly attacks skin areas that you do not usually cover with clothing such as,

  • Scalp
  • Neck
  • Elbows
  • Knees
  • Lower Back

These areas of skin inflammation frequently come under the scrutiny of other people who simply do not know about psoriasis.

Your primary doctor can give you the diagnosis of psoriasis, but may refer you to a dermatologist so you can have the benefit of the most current and up-to-date treatment options.

Your particular type of psoriasis demands a specific kind of therapy, and this is up to your doctor. Your responsibility is to follow your treatment plan and report back to your doctor any improvements, increased skin problems, and noted treatment side effects.

Other People Can Be Cruel

If you have psoriasis, you may have experienced strange looks from people who are uneducated in your diagnosis. Many people think that you have something contagious, not getting too close for fear of catching your skin condition. Constantly educate those less informed individuals and never let someone’s lack of knowledge impact your life.

Some Treatment Option Available

Your doctor will take a history from you to help determine why this problem arose. The doctor may pinpoint certain triggers such as stress, insomnia, or diet. Triggers demand an individual treatment as much as the diagnosis itself.

Your doctor may recommend that you use a particular skin moisturizer to decrease skin dryness and irritation. These moisturizers can be over-the-counter or require a prescription. Many doctors find that the use of steroid creams like a cortisone cream helps to reduce the appearance of psoriasis.

Some simple treatments like vitamin D creams or some topical contribute to lessening the rate of inflammation by reducing skin cell growth.

Scalp psoriasis may require a special hair cream or shampoo. Light therapy is a proven effective treatment for some people when used on inflamed skin areas. Doctors frequently combine known and effective treatments together.

What you need to remember is that everyone reacts differently to the diagnosis of psoriasis and the treatment options available. The length of time it takes to see improvements also varies because everyone’s body is different

In Conclusion

If you have psoriasis, no matter what type, you know that it can cause you mental anguish, anxiety, stress, depression, low self-esteem, time off from work, and isolation. And, unfortunately, there is no cure for psoriasis, but you can keep this skin condition at bay by working with your doctor to find the most effective treatment for your body.

Also, not following your appointed treatment regimen can cause secondary infections, health problems, and escalating health care costs.

It is vital to follow your doctor’s orders so that you can see a decrease in your skin problems. You can live a healthy life, enjoying your life to the fullest with your psoriasis diagnosis.

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How Diabetes Can Affect Your Eyes

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Diabetes is a condition that occurs when your blood sugar is too high. This occurs because the disease makes it difficult for your body to make enough insulin or use it properly. There are two types of diabetes. Type I diabetes is also known as juvenile diabetes and it occurs in children and young adults. This type occurs when the body doesn’t make insulin. The second type is Type II diabetes. This type can occur at any age and it is caused if your body doesn’t make insulin or if it doesn’t use it well.

If not treated properly, diabetes can cause serious health problems including:

  • Kidney disease
  • Food problems
  • Nerve damage
  • Dental problems
  • Stroke
  • Heart disease
  • Eye problems

What Is Diabetic Eye Disease?

Diabetic eye disease is more than one disease that can affect people who suffer from diabetes. People who don’t keep their diabetes under control are at greater risk of eye complications. Also, each of the conditions can cause serious vision loss and even blindness. If you suffer from diabetes, it is important that you understand each of the diseases and what they can do to your eyes.

  • Diabetic Retinopathy: Diabetic retinopathy is the most common cause of vision loss and blindness in people who have diabetes. The condition affects the blood vessels in the retina, which lines the back of the eye. If your blood sugar is often high, it can cause damage to the retina’s tiny blood vessels. This can result in the blood vessels bleeding or leaking fluid which can cause distortions in the vision. When the condition progresses, it can result in scarring and cell loss in the retina, causing complete blindness. In many cases, vision loss due to diabetic retinopathy is irreversible. Early detection and treatment can reduce your risk of going blind by 95 percent.
  • Diabetic Macular Edema (DME): DME often occurs in people who have diabetic retinopathy. While it often occurs when the disease progresses, it can occur at any time. It is a build-up of fluid in the macula. This part of the eye is used for seeing straight ahead to read, drive, and recognize faces. Half of the people who develop diabetic retinopathy develop DME. If left untreated, it can cause vision loss.
  • Cataracts: A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s lens. When a person has cataracts, their natural lens would be removed and replaced with an artificial one. Anyone can develop cataracts, however, people with diabetes are two to five times more likely to develop cataracts than those who aren’t diabetic.
  • Glaucoma: Glaucoma damages the eye’s optic nerve, which connects the eye to the brain. Glaucoma is often the result of high pressure in the eye, and it is very common in people with diabetes. Studies have shown that adults who suffer from diabetes are twice as likely to develop glaucoma than those who don’t have the disease.

Preventing Diabetic Eye Disease

The only way to prevent diabetic eye disease is to be vigilant when it comes to your blood sugar levels. You should also see your eye doctor every six months. The sooner a problem is detected, the sooner it can be treated, saving your eyesight. Many of the diabetic eye diseases won’t show any symptoms at first, therefore, it is very important that you see your eye doctor regularly.

Diabetes can wreak havoc on many of the body’s systems including your vision. The only way to prevent permanent vision loss and blindness is to check your blood sugar levels regularly and take the necessary steps to keep it at a healthy level.

 

 

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Types of Metabolic Disorders

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Numerous types of metabolic disorders exist in the contemporary world. While some are relatively minor, others are major and can be life threatening. The moment you notice symptoms of any metabolic disorder, it is prudent to visit your doctor to have it attended to before it escalates into something dangerous.

The primary cause of metabolic conditions is a malfunction in the body’s metabolism. In some instances, though, metabolism disorders arise from inadequate chemical reactions. Below are some of the main metabolic disorders:

  • Obesity

Obesity can be brought about by a plethora of factors. Among these factors are metabolic problems. There are diseases which have been confirmed to be a trigger factor for obesity. Some of those diseases are thyroid disorders among others. Individuals who have a low basal metabolic rate tend to be fatter than their counterparts who have high metabolic rates.

  • Hyperthyroidism

This is another major metabolic disorder characterized by too much hormone being produced by the thyroid. The thyroid is located in the area front of the larynx and is a key gland for metabolism. It is the organ responsible for the production of thyroxine and triiodothyronine, the two thyroid hormones critical to body metabolism of fats, emotional heats as well as heat. If these hormones are produced in excess, the result is the triggering of an entire series of metabolic disorders that is capable of producing serious or less serious damage to an individual’s health.

  • Hypothyroidism

This is a condition brought about when the thyroid produces insufficient thyroid hormones. It is also a major cause of the occurrence of goiter. Goiter is brought about when there is an increase in the size of the thyroid. The increase is seen in the appearance of a bulge on the front side of the neck. The proper weight of the thyroid gland is usually about 20-30 grams. The weight of an enlarged thyroid gland can be as serious as one kilogram. This can easily become one of the leading causes of difficulty in breathing as well as swallowing.

If left untreated, hypothyroidism can cause cretinism. Cretinism is a physical condition which is characterized by poor physical and mental development. Other characteristic physical symptoms may include waxy skin, belly and speech problems.

Low thyroid hormones can also be a cause of other far-reaching conditions including myxedema coma. This condition is preceded by characteristic symptoms including hypotension, slow breathing, extremely dry skin, and hyposensitivity to cold.

  • Diabetes

This is a metabolic disorder characterized by excess sugar in the blood and urine. Diabetes is of two types.

– Diabetes insipidus which is a result of the lack of vasopressin hormone.

– Diabetes mellitus which is as a result of the alteration in sugar metabolism.

Diabetes mellitus is further subdivided into:

– Insulin dependent diabetes type 1. This is a disease that is most prevalent in children and youths. Its characteristic is the deficiency of insulin in the blood. Resulting from a pancreas which produces too little insulin.

– Non-insulin dependent diabetes (type II). This condition, on the other hand, is prevalent in individuals aged 40 and above. Here, the cells find it difficult to absorb insulin from the blood. This may happen even with a normal insulin production by the pancreas. The evolution of this type of diabetes is much slower than that of juvenile diabetes.

The above are some of the metabolic disorders that are prevalent among humans in the modern world. If you fall victim to any of them, be fast in opting for medical solutions before it’s too late.

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