Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life. The cause of diabetes continues to be a mystery, although both genetics and environmental factors such as obesity and lack of exercise appear to play roles.
There are 20.8 million people in the United States, or 7% of the population, who have diabetes. While an estimated 14.6 million have been diagnosed with diabetes, unfortunately, 6.2 million people (or nearly one-third) are unaware that they have the disease. In order to determine whether or not a patient has pre-diabetes or diabetes, health care providers conduct a Fasting Plasma Glucose Test (FPG) or an Oral Glucose Tolerance Test (OGTT). The American Diabetes Association recommends the FPG because it is easier, faster, and less expensive to perform.
Palliative Care/Pain Management
Palliative care is a form of medical care or treatment that concentrates on reducing the severity of disease symptoms, rather than striving to halt, delay, or reverse progression of the disease itself or provide a cure. The goal is to prevent and relieve suffering and to improve quality of life for people facing serious, complex illness. Non-hospice palliative care is not dependent on prognosis and is offered in conjunction with curative and all other appropriate forms of medical treatment.
Palliative Care Involves interdisciplinary approach for easing the suffering and improving the quality of life of those living with pain from various disease condition including Cancer and diseases other than cancer such as chronic, progressive pulmonary disorders, renal disease, chronic heart failure, HIV/AIDS, and progressive neurological conditions.
DMV Medical Concierge’s Board Certified Palliative care doctor is a specialists in pain management who can address Patients various Painful conditions.
Wound Care By wound Care Specialist Physician
Given the aging population and the prevalence of conditions such as diabetes and obesity, there has been an increase in the number of people being treated for chronic wounds. There is a need in the medical community for physicians that are specialized in wound care. DMV Medical Concierge has a board certified Wound Care Specialist.
If you have a family member or client that can no longer manage his or her own affairs; it might be time for our House Call Physician to evaluate their mental capacity. Before a power of attorney or guardianship is signed it may be necessary for a physician to perform a complete physical and mental assessment. Visiting Physicians work closely with a variety of Elder Care Attorneys so legal and proper steps are taken. Since we are able to meet with the elderly individual right in their home and perform a full competency exam, it minimizes the stress on the individual and their family. After we complete our thorough evaluation, we compile a full report that is certified by a Board Accredited Physician.
DMV Medical Concierge is an exclusive home based health care for the elderly. Eighty-five percent of our patients are over the age of 75, allowing us to become specialists in the treatment of elderly individuals. We focus on providing a holistic approach to medical care that includes a comprehensive evaluation of a complete physical examination, an evaluation of all medications, and lab tests. We then address the opportunities to improve physical and mental functions rather than simply diagnosing and treating diseases. Our highly experienced staff has a high degree of interaction, allowing us to share observations and ideas in the ever-changing world of home health care.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), is an umbrella term used to describe progressive lung diseases, encompassing emphysema, chronic bronchitis and chronic asthma. In COPD, the airways — tubes that carry air in and out of your lungs — are partly obstructed, making it difficult to breathe. COPD is the 4th leading cause of death in the U.S. and the world.
Emphysema and chronic bronchitis are closely related and persons with COPD may have both, which impair lung function, preventing the lungs from doing their job of bringing oxygen to the body and getting rid of carbon dioxide.
Smoking is the main cause of COPD, but other environmental and industrial pollutants can also result in COPD in someone who has never smoked. COPD develops slowly, and it may be many years before you notice symptoms like feeling short of breath. Most of the time, COPD is diagnosed in middle-aged or older people.
Quitting smoking is the single most important thing you can do to reduce your risk of developing COPD and slow the progress of the disease. Although COPD cannot be cured, your doctor will recommend treatments that help relieve your symptoms and help you breathe easier.