The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that smoking kills eight million people annually. Many more experience tobacco-related cancer, COPD, heart disease, periodontal disease and more. Would you like to quit smoking? At Woodridge Clinic, your team of nine physicians helps people stop their tobacco habit. Smoking counseling increases the chances of success.
You want to quit, but how?
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) cites some disturbing statistics: of the 55 percent of American smokers who tried to quit in 2015, only seven percent succeeded. Unfortunately, the nicotine in cigarettes is highly addictive, and the resulting withdrawal symptoms, depression, cravings, mood swings and weight gain from quitting contribute to people returning to their tobacco habits.
Fortunately, the CDC also says that people who receive personal, group, online or telephone smoking counseling experience greater success. At Woodridge Clinic, Dr. Umang Patel and the other doctors agree. So, they are fully equipped to help their patients achieve smoke-free lives.
The Five A's of Smoking Cessation
American Family Physician outlines five steps physicians use to guide their patients through smoking cessation. They include:
- Asking--questioning patients about any tobacco usage past or present
- Advising--telling people they CAN quit to increase the chances of attempting and succeeding
- Assessing--helping patients actually consider quitting and what strategies they may use
- Assisting--providing referrals for behavioral modification groups, medications such as Nicorette or Chantix and strategies for coping with withdrawal symptoms
- Arranging--following through with patients through in-office visits, telephone calls or other means of contact
The physicians at Woodridge Clinic often assist their patients with referral to a wonderful service from the National Cancer Institute. 1-800-QUIT-NOW offers outstanding support to individuals who wish to stop smoking for good. Trained telephone counselors provide real-time support, tips, education on medications and more.
Additionally, the professional team wishes to assure every patient in its care that smoking cessation is part of their overall care plans. Woodridge Clinic is their safe medical home where together, physician and patient meet the challenges of achieving a healthy body and lifestyle.
For more information
Start on your smoking cessation program with a simple call to Woodridge Clinic. We have three convenient locations to serve you: Woodridge, Lombard and Lemont.
Want to protect yourself against diabetes? A diabetic screening may be right for you.
The number of people living with diabetes has drastically increased over the last several decades. Our Woodridge, IL, team of physicians and specialists want to make sure that every patient is leading a healthy life and getting the proper medical care they need to prevent problems or to at least detect them early on. This is why we offer health screenings for various illnesses including diabetes.
Risk Factors for Diabetes
The chances of developing diabetes will depend on a variety of factors including genetics and lifestyle. While there are some factors you can’t change there are some that you can. Risk factors for diabetes include,
- Being obese or overweight
- Having a family history of diabetes
- Being over 45 years old
- Having high blood pressure
- Leading a sedentary lifestyle
- Having a history of heart disease or stroke
- Have a history of gestational diabetes
- Having a high level of triglycerides
The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases also has an online diabetes risk test to find out whether you should visit your Woodridge, IL, doctor for testing and a thorough medical evaluation.
In order to diagnose diabetes, a physician will need to perform a blood test that will measure blood sugar levels. This blood test is often performed twice during two separate appointments before confirming that someone has diabetes. The screening tests include,
A1C: The hemoglobin A1C test checks the average blood glucose levels over the last two to three months. You won’t need to fast for this test.
Fasting plasma glucose: This will measure your blood glucose levels at baseline. This is usually performed first thing in the morning after the patient has fasted for at least eight hours.
Oral glucose tolerance: After taking the fasting plasma glucose test, you will need to consume a sugary drink before drawing more blood. This will test how well your body is able to process sugar.
Random plasma glucose: This diabetic screening is only performed on patients who are already showing signs of diabetes.
You don’t necessarily have to be experiencing symptoms of diabetes in order to undergo this screening. Sometimes these tests can provide peace of mind or even detect elevated blood glucose levels early on, which can easily be reversed with simple lifestyle modifications to prevent full-blown diabetes. Symptoms of diabetes may include,
- Blurry vision
- Delayed wound healing
- Weight loss
- Frequent urination
- Extreme fatigue
- Increased thirst
- Excessive hunger
- Tingling or numbness in the hands and feet
Whether you are dealing with warning signs of diabetes in Woodridge, IL, or you have a family history of diabetes and you want to prevent it from happening to you, it’s never too soon to visit Woodridge Clinic in Woodridge, Lemont, or Lombard, IL for a thorough medical evaluation. Call us today.
How drug testing from your doctors in Woodridge, IL, can help you
You may be dreading drug testing, but it doesn’t have to be a hassle! Today's drug tests have been simplified, streamlining the whole process and letting you get on with your day. Read on to learn about how the doctors at Woodridge Clinic in Woodridge, IL, offer a wide range of services, including drug testing, to make your life easier.
More about Drug Testing
Drug testing may be a requirement for a new job you are applying for. It may also be required at certain times to help you keep your job. Many positions in manufacturing, healthcare, and other fields require drug testing at regular intervals to ensure a healthy workplace. These are some of the instances where drug testing may be required:
- Pre-employment drug testing to promote a drug-free workplace; employers know that employees have fewer sick days and better job performance if drugs are kept out of the workplace.
- Random drug testing, especially for jobs requiring the operation of equipment; operation of dangerous equipment puts lives at risk so a drug-free workplace is vital to employee safety.
- OSHA drug testing, if an employee has been exposed to hazardous materials or chemicals; many common chemicals present a dangerous hazard to employees, so testing for hazardous exposure protects you and your coworkers.
- Reasonable suspicion drug testing; this may be required if you have tested positive previously, or if you have had a drug-related injury or accident.
Drug testing can detect both prescription pain medications (opioids) and common street drugs. At the Woodridge Clinic, drug testing is easy. The doctors offer several hassle-free methods to ensure timely, precise results. Your doctor may recommend:
- Synthetic drug testing
- Expanded opiate testing
- Alcohol testing
- Steroid testing
Give Us a Call!
Drug testing doesn’t have to be a huge hassle—the doctors at Woodridge Clinic can help select the appropriate drug testing method to ensure a quick, easy process. For more information about drug testing and other medical services, call the doctors at Woodridge Clinic at 630-910-1177. Find out how hassle-free and easy drug testing can be by calling today!
Hearing loss affects millions of Americans of all ages and walks of life—are you one of them? At Woodridge Clinic, our eleven physicians screen patients of all ages for hearing problems. Read on to learn more about hearing problems and what signs indicate that you need a screening.
What causes hearing loss?
People lose their ability to hear properly for a variety of reasons. Some are congenital (such as an auditory processing disorder); others are acquired through infection, trauma, auto-immune disorders, heredity, and simple aging. However, it is a misconception that hearing problems, screenings, and assistive devices are just for the elderly. That's why Dr. Umang Patel and the professional team at Woodridge Clinic discuss the importance of hearing screenings with each patient during annual examinations.
Types of hearing problems include sensorineural issues involving the acoustic nerve, auditory processing disorders, and acoustic conditions, which pertain to the bony structure of the ear itself. While a basic hearing screening may not conclusively pinpoint your particular type of hearing loss, it will indicate the need for further investigation through an audiologist or otolaryngologist (also known as an ear, nose, and throat physician).
Signs that you may need a hearing screening
There are many indicators that your hearing is changing. While you may be aware of some, you may be oblivious to other signs that are obvious to your loved ones, friends, and co-workers. These signs may include:
- Struggling to understand conversations in a crowded room (party or restaurant)
- Asking people to repeat words or whole sentences
- Having trouble understanding high-pitched, soft voices (children's and women's)
- Feeling excessively tired after prolonged social interaction
- Having headaches after a party or concert
- Experiencing Tinnitus (a constant buzzing, ringing, or whooshing sound)
- Feeling the need to continually turn up the volume on the radio, computer, or TV
- Being unaware of ordinary sounds associated with early morning (e.g. birds, alarm clock, cell phone, etc.)
The National Institute on Deafness and other Hearing Disorders says that hearing loss may impact interpersonal and professional relationships. Research also indicates that your hearing directly affects how well you think and understand new concepts.
If you suspect that you have an issue with your ability to hear properly, call Woodridge Clinic for an in-office hearing screening. We will help you on the path to better hearing when you visit one of our three locations in Woodridge, Lemont, or Lombard. Call for an appointment at (630) 910-1177.
Discover solutions for breathing a little easier even with a chronic respiratory condition.
While both asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can cause inflammation of the airways and affect breathing, these are two separate conditions that require different types of treatments. Unfortunately, because their symptoms are similar, asthma may sometimes be mistaken for COPD (e.g. chronic bronchitis; emphysema). This is where it’s important to have a physician in Woodridge, Lombard, and Lemont, IL, with whom you can turn for not just a proper diagnosis but also for treatment.
If you have asthma or COPD, here’s what we can do to help you manage your symptoms:
Since this condition is one you will have for the rest of your life, our goal as your Woodridge, IL, doctor is to provide you with the medication necessary to reduce both the frequency and severity of your asthma attacks. It’s important to also pinpoint your asthma triggers so that you can avoid them as much as possible. Common asthma treatments include:
- Long-term medications: This inhaled medication is one that you will take every day and it helps reduce airway inflammation to prevent an asthma attack from happening. This medication usually comes in the form of a corticosteroid.
- Fast-acting medications: This medication is only to be used when you feel the beginnings of an asthma attack coming on. This inhaled medication will quickly reduce tightness and swelling of the airways to stop or lessen the attack.
In some cases, immunotherapy (allergy shots) may also be recommended. This might be a good option for patients who have severe allergies that don’t fully respond to inhalers or other treatment options.
Just like asthma, COPD is something that you will have for life so we will work with you to find the right treatments to control your symptoms. We also want to make sure that this progressive condition doesn’t get worse. One of the best things you can do for your COPD is to quit smoking if you currently smoke. It’s also important to avoid secondhand smoke as much as possible. Other COPD treatments include:
- Medications: Similar to asthma treatment, you may be prescribed an inhaled steroid or bronchodilator to reduce airway inflammation
- Therapy/Rehab: Everything from oxygen therapy and rehab to patient education and nutritional advice can help you better manage your COPD symptoms.
If you are looking for a one-stop medical clinic in Woodridge, Lombard, and Lemont, IL, that can provide everything from routine checkups to medical treatments for your acute or chronic condition then you’ve come to the right place. Here at Woodridge Clinic, we’ve been providing medical care to patients of all ages who are living in the western suburbs of the Chicagoland area. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment for you or your little one.
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