Gastro-related Nutrition Problems that can be Treated Through Telemedicine
With this “new normal” that we’re experiencing in reaction to the Covid-19 outbreak has pushed us as health practitioners to virtual platforms. With the help of telemedicine we can assist our patients, deliver quality care, and make diagnoses without having to put ourselves or others at risk. Through the assistance of telemedicine, here are some nutritional problems that can be treated virtually. One of the aspects of health that we can treat virtually is an issue with, or assumption of having a fatty liver. Your liver is the filter of the body, meaning that it filters your body's toxins. With a fatty liver, there are newfound fat-deposits that settle themselves onto your liver and can cause failure. It is important to detect and treat problems as early as possible in a child or teenager. The complications of untreated fatty liver can lead to cirrhosis, liver failure, need for liver transplant. Since untreated problems will lead to back pain, skin yellowing, enlarged blood vessels, red palms, enlarged spleen, enlarged breasts (if you are a man), and/or easier bleeding, kidney failure. Telemedicine appointments as soon as possible at early stages can help with lifestyle, diet, changes, initial diagnosis and noninvasive treatments. Similarly through a telemedicine appointment one can be diagnosed and treated virtually for weight issues. If you are concerned about fast weight gain, becoming overweight, being/becoming obese, that is also something that schedule Telemedicine appointment. Levels of being overweight, as well as being obese, in America have quickly risen in the past few decades. With this new lifestyle of staying at home for long periods of time, not exercising as much, not getting out as much, and overall eating more can cause patients to wonder if they’re walking the line of potentially becoming obese. If you have noticed an upscale shift in your weight and/or experiencing symptoms, be sure to schedule a telemedicine appointment in order to be diagnosed and properly treated. Some symptoms of becoming/being obese include: snoring, frequent heartburn, achy joints, and chronic fatigue. Another way to see if you’re encroaching upon becoming/being obese is to measure your waistline. Believe it or not, your waistline can often dictate a lot about your health. With large waist circumferences above 35 inches for women and 40 inches for men, can prove that there is excessive fat in the belly area which demonstrates that there is dangerous fat around your vital organs. When having your telemedicine appointment with your doctor, be sure to tell them if you are experiencing these symptoms and/or are concerned about weight gain during quarantine.
Lastly, a doctor or healthcare practitioner can also diagnose and treat fatigue in patients. Since we are spending larger amounts of time at home and we might not have as much physical activity each day, some patients will experience messed up sleep schedules. A sudden shift in sleep schedules and physical activity can throw the body off balance and in turn, create excess fatigue. Regardless of sleep schedule, if you are experiencing excess fatigue and it is inhibiting your life, it is best to schedule a telemedicine appointment in order to address it. Since we are spending so much less time out and about, it is important to keep a good sleep/awake cycle and find ways to exercise through the day to decrease tiredness all day. Scheduling a telemedicine appointment and discussing issues with a professional at your earliest convenience will help as well.
With the help of telemedicine, you can still receive the care that you require, as well as the diagnoses and treatments necessary for you to live a healthy, happy life. Although things in life are constantly changing, the level of care that you receive from us and our staff here at Gastro Pediatrics will stay the same. Call us to request an appointment or use www.gastropediatrics.com web scheduling tool.