Anti-Aging Medicine is a proactive, preventative approach that focuses on preserving your optimum function and quality of life. Through extensive consultation, lifestyle assessment, physical examination, and diagnostic testing, including genetic testing when indicated, we will establish a personalized, proactive treatment plan to combat the degenerative changes that are accelerating your aging process.

Our treatment plans may include use of medications as necessary, balancing hormones and supplements, nutrition as therapy, exercise therapy, and lifestyle tools to manage the unavoidable (but potentially life-shortening) stresses of daily life.

Some of the key treatment services that are available include the HCG Weight Loss Program, BioMeridian Assessment, a review of your Brain Health, and a Cardiology Risk Assessment. We also offer an array of Supplements that will help slow the aging process.

Anti-Aging Medicine is the goal of medicine in the 21st century. Our anti-aging management program is to eliminate preventable diseases that accelerate our aging process.

These diseases, like heart disease, diabetes, and osteoporosis, not only shorten our lifespan, but also steal our vitality and diminish the quality of our lives. Risk factors, genetic predispositions, nutritional deficiencies, unhealthy behaviors, and subclinical disease (meaning disease that is present, but not yet severe enough to cause symptoms) are identified. Through our treatment processes, much disease can be prevented, some disease can be reversed, and the vitality that makes life a joy to live can be restored.

Our health care team includes not only our physicians but our experimental nurse practitioner and our health and our highly qualified registered dietitian.

 

Your health affects every aspect of your life. Disease Management eases the symptoms of your existing health condition and reduce risk of acquiring new ones by optimizing your health.

Our physicians and health care professionals excel in providing a full health assessment of you, followed by the necessary tests to confirm or diagnose problems with your health. The physician will develop a plan for resolving any immediate or new medical problems as well as being on the alert for any potential health care risks or concerns.

For patients with chronic conditions, every effort is made to provide an improved quality of life and to reduce the effects of certain illnesses as well as avoid other illnesses. Hypertension, cardiac disease, pulmonary disease, kidney disease, fibromyagia, chronic pain, cancer, diabetes, neurological issues, memory loss, depression are large categories that we specialize in diagnosing and treating as well as many more.

Our county is fortunate to enjoy so many medical advances,. But each patient must make the effort to see us, their physician on a regular basis so that we can apply this wonderful medical knowledge to maintain patients at our best level of health.

Enjoy a unique experience of full service health care by an outstanding medical team devoted to your care and well being.

 

Bone Density Test – Performed at Glades Medical Group

The Bone Density Test (BMT) may be one of the most important tests you’ll take. That’s because it’s the best way to tell if you have thinning bones. It’s important to understand what to expect during and after a BD Test so you can take advantage of all the options available to protect your bone health.

Millions of women have thinning bones. In fact, thinning bones affect over all women over 50. What’s more, it’s a silent disease, with no visible symptoms. That means you could have thinning bones and not even know it. This affects men as well!

Two Types of Bone Density Tests

Peripheral machines: measures your finger, wrist, or heel. These exams are typically used as an initial screening; however, there are some disadvantage. Peripheral tests do not measure the bone density in the hip and spine, which are the areas of concern if they break due to osteoporosis. Also, these tests are not especially sensitive, so they tend ti underreport your bones are thinning, you may need a more comprehensive exam called a DEXA Test.

DEXA Tests: measure your hip, spine, or total body. These tests are considered the “gold standard” in measuring your bone health. The DEXA test is highly sensitive scan, and is more comprehsive than the peripheral machines so results are more accurate. This makes the DEXA scan the best way to tell if you have thinning bones. The test is easy to take; you just lie down and the machine scans over your body in just a few minutes. There is no risk. There is no preparation and easy.

The results of a Bone Density Test is called a T-score. Every patient should know your score and what it means. Your T-score compares your bone mass with a population of normal young adult women. The bigger the negative number, the lower your bone mass.

For example: A T-score of -2.0 means your bone mass is 20% below normal.

This test should be done every two years, every year if being treated and over age 50. Discuss with your physician.  

 

Age genetics: individual health must be considered in each individual, but gender also matters. You deserve a health maintenance plan that changes with your maturation, exercise and life experience. Teenage years and college years have a unique pattern and health needs. Working women, young mothers (many who are also working women) not only worry about their own health, but are genuinely concerned about staying healthy for a family that needs them.

Pre menopause through menopause and post menopause are all phases that affect one’s body and health and must be addressed to be treated and medically supervised carefully. New medical ideas, tests, treatments and medications are bringing a better focus to all phases of women’s health and well being.

We want to help you achieve a balance of optimum health, mental fitness and beauty. We understand the medical knowledge and technologies available as well as coordinate with other top health care experts when their medical expertise is needed

Women today want to take advantage of a youthful, radiant, natural appearance. Our aesthetics program is unparalleled because of our blend of medical and aesthetics expertise to promote a fresh look and a healthful state of being.

The following is a brief list of some of the key areas addressed by your physician and health team.

  • Hormone Imbalance and Mangement
  • Thyroid Studies
  • Adrenal Health
  • Insomnia, Sleep Disturbances, Fatigue
  • Digestive problems
  • Weight Gain
  • Loss of libido
  • Bladder control and infections
  • Age appropriate
  • Bone density testing and treatment/ Osteoporosis/Osteopenia
  • Perimenopause
  • Appropriate vitamin choices and management
  • Understanding and optimizing laboratory results as your personal health comes into a sharper focus.

 

It is now more clearly understood that men also experience emotional and physical shifts throughout their lives, teen years, young adults, age forty, age fifty to sixty and each decade thereafter.

Our physician will talk openly about these physical and emotional changes and will keep a watchful eye on possible underlying medical issues affecting our normal life process.

Physical strength, weight, sexual drive, job stressors and home life affecting good health and genetic factors are all important to be medically considered.

Lab and Testing have evolved and will continue to do so. These medical tools will aide your physician who knows you to use additional data in maintaining your optimum health by understanding and interpreting your lab results, using the least inasive procedures with our diagnostic studies.

The following is a brief list of some of the key areas addressed by your physician and health team.

  • Bone density and treatment/ Osteoporosis/ Osteopenia
  • Muscle mass and maintainance
  • Slow and persistent weight gain
  • Prostate health and management and prevention of illness.
  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • Libido Issues
  • Testosterone (low T) evalustion successful treatment and management.
  • Digestive problems
  • Insomnia, fatigue, sleep disturbances
  • Vitamin Assessment and management
  • Age approprate disease testing and prevention

 

Are you trying to manage your weight? We can teach you how to lose weight through smart dieting so you can start enjoying a healthy life. Interested in cooking healthier meals? You can learn practical tips for better family nutrition and weeks worth of meals can be planned for your family.

How can a Registered Dietitian help you?

A registred Dietitian must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree, complete a minimum of 1200 clinical hours in a supervised internship and must pass a national registration exam. Registered Dietitians use evidence – based practice that is supported by scientific journals; they understand the anatomy and physiology of the body, its systems, disease states, drug states, drug-nutrient interactions and behavoir modifications.

Smarter, healthier eating

At Glades Medical Group, you won’t be expected to eat all organic foods or become a gourment cook or give up drinking. As your diet coach, focuses on practical, actionable steps to help you reach your health goals. When you eat right, you’ll not only be healthier — you’ll feel better too.

Nutritional Counseling offers individuals nutrition counseling designed to focus on your unique body and goals. Whether you’re interested in losing weight, are looking for a pre or post natal nutritionist or need help planning your diet around a medical condition, our licensed dietician and health care team can help you.

At you initial appointment, you’ll recieve a full assessment. At each follow-up appointment, Tracy will review how your plan is working, what obstacles you are encountering and any other dietary topics you’d like to learn about.

Nutritional Counseling provides a range of counseling services to fit your needs:

  • Pre/Post – natal nutrition
  • Teen fitness and health counseling
  • Weight loss help
  • Nutrition for medical conditions
  • Family nutrition
  • Sports nutrition
  • General nutrition counseling
  • Weight Management

Nutrition Counseling for medical conditions

Many medical conditions are treated and improved through diet and excerise. Counseling is available for, but not limited to:

  • Hypertension and Cardiac disease
  • High Cholerstrol and Triglycercides
  • Pre-diabetes
  • Diabetes Type 1 and Type 2
  • Gestational diabetes
  • GI issues such as IBS, Crohn’s disease and lactose intolerance.
  • Eating disorders
  • Bad habit eating that needs to be retrained.

Nutrition Counseling for weight loss

Are you stumbling through diet after diet in an attempt to lose weight? Stop dieting and start living! Nutrition Counseling will teach you how to improve your health and improve your life through practical steps with no unrealistic requirements. Plan are based on foods available at the grocery store; there are no special foods to buy.

How will nutrition counseling help you?

  • Eat properly without being constantly hungry
  • Increase your energy level
  • Untangle the often confusing world of nutrition
  • Feel good all day and avoid the mid-afternoon slump
  • Reduce complications of certain medical conditions
  • Learn how nutrition effects certain medical conditions
  • Reduce the risk of future illness

What a nutrition counseling can do for you… contact us TODAY at 561-394-3088!

 

 

Types of Vaccinations

 

Seasonal Flu Shots

The flu shot is an inactivated vaccine that is given with a needle, usually in the arm. The seasonal flu vaccine protects against threee influenza viruses. Read more at the Centers for Disease Control & Preventation Website.

The Flu shots are available to our patients starting September 2013 – December 2013.

Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A is caused by the Hepatits A virus (HAV). Worldwide there are an estimated 1.4 million cases of Hepatitis A infection every year. Distribution is global but the infection is most common in areas where sanitation is poor and food and water safety is questionable. Hepatitis A is endemic throughout the underdeveloped world and it occurs in pockets in developed countries as well. This highly contagious disease is spread through contaminated food and water including ice; breakdowns in sanitation due to natural disasters and floods; infected food handlers; ingestion of raw or undercooked shellfish harvested from sewage-contaminated waters; ingestion of uncooked and unpeeled fruits and vegetables. Although rare, it can be transmitted through blood transfusions, sexual relations or needle sharing.

The risk of infection for travelers to developing countries increases with extended stays. Areas of high risk for Hepatitis A include Africa, Mexico, the Middle East, Central and South America, Asia, and the Caribbean. Hepatitis A virus is also present in the Mediterranean basin and Eastern Europe where the risk of infection is greater for those who visit rural areas, the back country, or those who eat or drink in areas of poor sanitation.

Adult travelers are urged to receive at least the first injection before departure and a follow-up booster at 6 months. Twinrix combines Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B into a 3 dose series saving several needle sticks.

Source: CDC Vaccine Information Statement (VIS): Hepatitis A – (3/21/06) 42 U.S.C. § 300aa-26

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is caused by the Hepatitis B virus (HBV). Hepatitis B exists everywhere in the world and cuts through all socioeconomic groups and it’s chronically present in all of Africa, China, Korea, Indonesia, the Philippines, the southern and western Pacific, the Middle East, Haiti, the Dominican Republic and the Amazon River Basin. Intermediate incidences of chronic Hepatitis B occur in South and Central America, Russia, Japan, southwest Asia, eastern and southern Europe and most areas surrounding the Amazon River Basin.

The Hepatitis B virus is transmitted primarily through contact with blood or blood-derived fluids, often by unprotected sexual activity. Open skin lesions from scabies and scratched insect bites can play a role in transmission of the Hepatitis B virus if direct exposure to wound exudates occurs. Hepatitis B can be easily transmitted through blood transfusions and through medical, dental or other exposure to contaminated needles (e.g. IV drug use, acupuncture, tattooing, etc).

Chronic Hepatitis B infection can lead to cirrhosis and liver cancer. Adult travelers are urged to receive a full course of injections (3) before departure. If this is not possible, the Hepatitis B vaccine can be administered in an accelerated schedule. Hepatitis A & Hepatitis B are available together in a 3 shot series vaccine called Twinrix, saving several needle sticks.

Source: CDC Vaccine Information Statement (VIS): Hepatitis B (7/18/07) 42 U.S.C. § 300aa-26

Pneumococcal

Pneumococcal disease (Pneumonia) is generally caused by the Bacterium Streptococcus Pneumoniae and it is the most common complication of the flu. Infection is acquired by direct person-to-person contact via respiratory droplets. Travelers at risk to contract Pneumonia include children under 5; adults older than 55; those with sickle cell disease and other blood diseases, diabetes, HIV, chronic renal (kidney) failure, cerebrospinal leaks and people with compromised immune systems. There are several drug-resistant strains of the bacterium that causes Pneumonia and that is why travelers should consider the vaccine if they are at high risk.

Source: CDC Vaccine Information Statement (VIS): Pneumococcal Polysaccharide 4/16/09 and Pneumococcal Conjugate 12/09/08

Varicella

Varicella (Chickenpox) is a common disease of childhood caused by a virus that is very easily passed from person to person. It usually causes 250-500 itchy blisters, fever, and fatigue and usually lasts 4-5 days. Anyone who has not had Chickenpox may be at risk. The disease is more severe in older individuals who missed getting it when they were children and adults are 5 to 10 times more likely than children to have complications. Vaccination may be appropriate for adults and children over 12 months of age who have not had Chickenpox. Chickenpox is a common childhood disease in the U. S.; however it is an adult disease in many tropical climates. Traveling adults should consider vaccination if they have not had the disease.

Source: CDC Vaccine Information Statement (VIS): Varicella Vaccine (3/13/08) 42 U.S.C. §300aa-26

Polio

Measles is a highly contagious viral disease that causes up to 875,000 deaths annually around the world. Measles associated symptoms include fever; generalized, blotchy rash; runny nose and white spots in the mouth. Transmission occurs primarily through respiratory droplets and all non-immunized travelers are at high risk of exposure outside the United States.

Mumps is an acute viral disease characterized by fever, swelling and tenderness of at least one salivary gland. Travelers’ at risk of infection can be high since many countries do not use the Mumps vaccine routinely.

Rubella is another acute viral disease that usually affects susceptible individuals of any age. Rubella is prevalent worldwide and the risk of exposure outside the United States is high. Rubella is associated with significant morbidity in adults and high rates of miscarriage and anomalies of congenital Rubella syndrome if contracted in the first trimester of pregnancy.

Source: CDC Vaccine Information Statement (VIS): MMR Vaccine (3/13/08) 42 U.S.C. §300aa-26

Tetanus/Diphtheria and Pertussis

Tetanus can occur anywhere in the world in inadequately vaccinated persons. Diphtheria and Pertussis (Whooping Cough) are more frequent in parts of the world where vaccination levels are low.

Diphtheria is a very contagious and potentially life-threatening infection. It can attack the nerves and heart and leave you with severe, life-long complications. Diphtheria is caused by Corynebacterium diphtheriae, a bacterium. The bacterium produces a toxin (poison) that is carried in the bloodstream. Diphtheria is a serious risk for travelers, particularly in Eastern Europe where many people are not vaccinated. Diphtheria bacteria live in the mouth, nose, throat, or skin of infected persons and it spreads from person to person very easily. A traveler can get Diphtheria by breathing in Diphtheria bacteria after an infected person has coughed or sneezed. People also get Diphtheria from close contact with discharges from an infected person’s mouth, nose, throat, or skin. Symptoms include a sore throat and mild fever, difficulty swallowing, swollen lymph glands. Diphtheria is easily preventable with the Tetanus/Diptheria or Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis (Whooping Cough) vaccine.

Tetanus is another vaccine preventable disease that can be fatal even with intense supportive treatment (up to 20% of all cases). Tetanus is caused by the bacterium Clostridium tetani which lives in the soil worldwide. Tetanus is a global problem occurring in unimmunized persons after an uncleaned wound or cut. Tetanus is characterized by uncontrolled muscle spasms caused by the neurotoxin that attacks the central nervous system. Seizures are not uncommon.

Pertussis or Whooping Cough is a highly contagious disease of the respiratory tract caused by Bortedella Pertussis that kills close to 300,000 humans every year. It is transmitted by direct contact with airborne discharges from infected persons. Most fatalities occur in the new born population and infants in underdeveloped countries. Patients with respiratory Pertussis require hospitalization, immediate treatment with Pertussis antitoxin, appropriate antibiotics, and supportive care. It is recommended that all travelers receive a vaccine to protect themselves against Pertussis. There are two options for vaccination against these diseases: Diphtheria and Tetanus (Td) vaccine and Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis (Tdap – Adacel) vaccine.

Sources: CDC Vaccine Information Statements (VISs): Tetanus/Diphtheria Vaccine 6/10/94 and Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis Vaccine 11/18/08

What is Osteopenia?

Osteopenia describes bone that is weaker than normal bone. It can lead to Osteoporosis.

Prevention Strategies

  • Calcium 1500mg daily
  • Vitamin D 500 IU daily
  • Exercise
  • Reduce risk of falls
  • Stop smoking
  • Reduce alcohol consumption
  • Talk to your health care provider about bone health.
  • Get a bone density test and take medication when appropriate.

What is Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a condition that is characterized by bones that are less dense than, and fragile than normal bone. Osteoporosis increases the risk of bone fracture with even minor trauma, such as a fall from standing height, or even from a cough or sneeze. Unfortunately, people often do not realize they have osteoporosis until either they have a fracture or have a screening test ordered by their doctor to check for osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis and low bone mass affect an estimated 44 million Americans (National Osteoporosis Foundation 2008). Women are four times more likely to develop osteoporosis than men. Other risk factors include older age, family history of osteoporosis, small and thin stature, inactive lifestyle, smoking, alcohol, and use of certain medications including steroids.

 

The Facts: over 45 million Americans smoke, some casual, some regular and others hardliners. They also affect non smokers with 2nd hand smoke exposure, although in recent years this is less especially in public places where new rules are in place. As a result, the number of smokers seem to be diminishing somewhat, but no so much in teens and young adults who believe themselves to be impervious and invincible, so they continue to start smoking.

The average smoker can plan on losing an average of 15-20 years of life due to the complications of smoking with all its inherent carcinogenous which play havoc on one’s body for up to 10 years or more after smoking cessation: who can afford to miss out on that many years of life including all of life’s special events.

Smoking can cause lung cancer and emphysema which is an irrversible lung condition, but did you know that smoking also increases the risk of throat cancer, pancreas cancer, colon cancer and even bladder cancer; not to mention coronary artery disease with increase risk of heart attack and stroke.

COPD emphysema is life changing. Eventually as the disease progresses with continued smoker exposure it is devasting. Many smokers end up on O2 (oxygen) and eventually ventilators just to stay alive. The effect or quality of life is horrible, not to mention the ever increasing costs of cigarettes. This is why it is so important to quit – if you quit now you could be at stage zero with little risk in 10 years.

Glades Medical Group will help you quit this nasty, costly and life threatening habit. Be done with bad breath, burnt and ruined clothes and shortness of breath. Lets get high on diet, exercise and life! You don’t know how good you will feel when you kick the habit!

Glades Medical can enroll you in a program suitable for you, follow you, monitor you, encourage you and save you from all the ill effects from smoking. This is our mission for you and your family will thank us over and over after you have succeed! It won’t be easy since many smokers will fall off the wagon. The difference is a medical team to support you and be there every step of the way. This is not a punishment, but a reward for making the tough decision to quit smoking.

So let’s get started!

First let’s sit down together and review your individual situation. Lets set a plan and then attack the addication. We accept set backs but not failure. We generally start with a chest x-ray as well as lab and pulmonary functions testing.

Medication is available, by prescription only to get through the beginning phase.

To Start:

  1. Try not to smoke till the end of the day.
  2. Don’t look for cigarettes as a way of dealing with stress.
  3. Aviod and resist the first cigarette.
  4. Try to imerse yourself in other actitivies which are healthier such as exercise program, biking, walking or swimming. You’ll be surprise how out of shape and out of breathe you are from smoking, its a real eye opener. But you will also see the improvement tey to tacketfully aviod other people who smoke at least temporary until you have quit. or you can change their life as well.
  5. Never give into first one cigarette when out. Rarely can anyone be a social smoker you’ll sacrifice all your progress. Dont be a fool and “burn” a smoke.
  6. Try to encourage your spouse or significant other from smoking, there is nothing worse than your wife or husband lightening up around you, while you are trying to quit. Trry to tquit together, misery loves company! In most cases, after 2 weeks woithout cigarettes you are almost smoke free, especially if you are doing other healthier activities.
  7. Let everyone know you need help and support. Take the cigarette maoney you have saved and treat yourself to something nice. ou’ve earned it!
  8. Read up on your own, the ill effects and tragic illness acquired by smoking. You’ll be amazed and will hopefully outsmart this addication.
  9. Don’t try to diet at the same time! Drink extra water and prepare snaks that are healthy nibble foods to aviod smoking.

Medications

Through your physician, there are a variety of products out there that can help including:

  • Gums
  • Patches transderm
  • Tablets
  • Chantix – a relountionary product called chantix which affects the smoking “pleasure center” of the brain.

Change your routine and aviod routines that involve smoking. At first the habits are too easy but consciously change your routine to aviod the urge to smoke.

Glades Mediacl Group will help you keep a calendar/ dairy and will meet with you to go over problems and to adjust your care as needed. Medical isssues may occur that will require closer follow-up or a chnage in your treatment.

Don’t be afraid to make the first appointment – we will help you the rest of the way and give you our medical healthy living certificate when you reach your goal.

Visualize looking better, breathing better, feeling better and being less depressed about your smoking habit.

 

HCG Program

HCG (Human chorionic gonadotropin or human chorionic gonadotrophin) is a natural accruing in the body both female and male. In elevated level it allows the body to metabolize stubborn body fat.

HCG (injection) is our course of treatment for obesity. Five pounds can cause as much grief as hundred and fifty pounds. We are not here to judge, but treat. This method is not SIMPLE. It is very time consuming and requires perfect cooperation between physician and patient.

Each case is to be handled individually. Our life coaches are here to answer every question. This is not just an injection and a sheet of paper. This is a journey for patient and coach, physician to allied against fears and remove misunderstanding. Difficulties may arise in treatment that is why Ageless Energetics will make every attempt to investigate and solve any situation. Lab studies done during this treatment have been shown to lower high level of cholesterol and glucose as well as other vital chemistries. How wonderful to improve the look of your body and your health!

GIVE OUR HEALTH COACH A CALL TODAY FOR A FREE CONSULTATION

Please fill-out and bring in the following form to start right away! HCG Program Forms (pdf)

Questions and Answers:

  • Will I feel hunger? No. You find it difficult to eat, but you must eat.
  • Can I drink alcohol? Empty calories for now, but you may resume after the break.
  • How much can I lose? Most lost up 1lb/day.
  • What does HCG mean? Human chorionic gonadotrophin- not a growth or sex hormone.
  • Is it safe for men and women? Yes. Men will not be feminized, women will have unchanged hormone levels, it’s a natural substance that occurs in the body.
  • What if I cheat? You will of course gain weight. It will take 3 days for your body to stabilize to weight loss mode.
  • How long will this take? 5 – 15 lbs and 26 day treatment 15- more lbs. 40 days or more depending on desired weight loss.
  • Will I keep the weight off? Yes definitely. You will be instructed how to regain a normal, health eating plan that will be your new lifestyle choose.
  • Can I take water pill? No. You will deregulate your natural body process.
  • What if I stop losing weight? A “plateau” always corrects itself. It does not mean you are no longer responding to treatment.

Glades Medical Group provides:

Individualized Program: meet to (no fads) discuss your eating style, check lab values, weight, BMI, abdominal, arm and leg girth, family risk and health factors.

Medication: is available for weight loss and may be appropriate, with physician supervision

Exercise logs/Food Diaries: will help develop successful living with weight loss

Psychological factors: affecting eating – culture, travel, lifestyle and work.

Medical Issues: only a physician can determine if there are underlying medical issues affecting your weight. A full assessment by a physician and regular follow-ups to review all medications and possible weight/tiredness, side effects, health issues and specific medical interventions for successful weight loss.

Surgical Options: are available for some patients if our approach does not work and the patient meets the criteria. Our physician would provide guidance and supervision, if this process were necessary and will continue to medically supervise you after the surgery.

Post-Surgical: weight patients need extensive follow-up (not always provided as thoroughly as necessary for life-time success). Our physicians and staff will work with you to maintain your goal of good health and well being.

Join our team and follow a proven path to a successful and healthy living.