We have a system to deal with systemic health conditions.
High blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, and auto-immune disorders. So it’s all systems go.
What is High Blood Pressure?
High blood pressure, or hypertension, refers to the pressure of blood up against your artery walls. This pressure can cause blood vessel damage over time, potentially leading to heart disease, kidney disease, stroke, and other problems.
High Blood Pressure Risk Factors
There are a number of risk factors associated with high blood pressure, some of which include:
- Family history of hypertension
- Sedentary lifestyle.
- Too much salt (sodium) in your diet.
- Too little potassium in your diet.
What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a disease where your blood sugar, or blood glucose, , levels are too high, which can lead to a number of medical conditions. Once diagnosed, it is a life-long disease that needs to be managed well to avoid a variety of consequences.
Diabetes Risk Factors
There are a variety of risk factors for diabetes, the most common of which are:
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Poor diet with low fiber and high sugar
- Family history of diabetes
- High blood pressure
What is High Cholesterol?
When the blood contains too much LDL cholesterol (cholesterol carried by low-density lipoprotein), it’s known as high cholesterol. This condition can lead to many health problems, including heart attack or stroke, and unfortunately it usually presents no symptoms to warn you.
Risk Factors for High Cholesterol
Because high cholesterol can cause problems before you even knew you had it, check to see if any of these risk factors apply to you:
- Poor diet consisting of saturated fats and trans fats
- Sedentary lifestyle
What are Auto-Immune Disorders?
Your body’s immune system is designed to protect you from disease and infection. However, when an autoimmune disease is present, the immune system attacks healthy cells by mistake, causing a variety of medical issues. Autoimmune diseases can include types of arthritis, psoriasis or other serious conditions such as Lupus, inflammatory bowel diseases and more.
Auto-Immune Disease Symptoms
Due to the broad nature of autoimmune disorders, symptoms and side effects vary. That said, the following are the most common:
- Joint pain and swelling
- Skin rashes, redness, or itching
- Abdominal pain
- Digestive issues
- Recurring fever
- Swollen glands
Sunnyvale Primary Care Can Help
As you can see, we treat a variety of systemic conditions. Dr. Kam and Dr. Fontenot along with the rest of the team here at Sunnyvale Primary Care are dedicated to making you feel comfortable as we improve your health and well-being.