• What Are the Early Symptoms of Diabetes?

    Diabetes is a chronic medical condition that requires lifelong management. Early detection allows for treatment to begin as soon as possible, minimizing the risks of serious complications. For people with type 1 diabetes, the symptoms are often very noticeable, and diagnosis is sometimes made after they seek emergency care . Some people with type 2 diabetes, however, have symptoms that are so mild that they only find out about their condition through a routine blood test during a physical. Being alert to these symptoms and seeking medical care if they occur can help you catch diabetes in its early stages and reduce the risk of both short- and long-term complications.

    Frequent Urination
    When you have diabetes , your body can’t effectively process sugar in your blood stream, so it tries to flush it out through the kidneys. As your blood sugar levels rise, so does your need to urinate as your body works to remove sugar and toxins. Frequent urination also causes another common early symptom of diabetes – extreme thirst. The body becomes dehydrated from urinating so frequently, causing intense thirst that is difficult to quench until blood sugar levels return to normal.

    Extreme Hunger
    Because your body can’t effectively digest much of the food you’re eating when you have uncontrolled diabetes, nutrients don’t nourish your cells, and as a result, you feel very hungry. For people with type 1 diabetes in particular, weight loss may occur alongside a marked increase in eating.

    Slow Healing Wounds
    High blood sugar levels impact your circulation, slowing down the rush of healing nutrients to injuries. The excess sugar in your blood also feeds any infection that is present. These factors cause slow wound healing in people with diabetes.

    Blurry vision, tingling in hands feet, and frequent yeast infections in women can all also indicate diabetes, so see a provider at Regional Medical Center of San Jose if they are happening to you. We provide emergency care in San Jose for diabetes complications and ongoing care management through our specialists. Call our hospital today at (888) 762-8881 for a physician referral or more information about services, including stroke care and robotic surgery .

  • Knowing When Headaches Require Medical Attention

    Most people experience a headache at some point in their lives, and the vast majority of these headaches are minor and can be treated at home with rest and over-the-counter medications. In some cases, however, headaches can be an indicator of a more serious condition that requires emergency care. Here is what you need to know about when to seek medical care when a headache strikes .

    It’s the worst headache you have ever had.
    Sudden and intense headaches can indicate a serious medical condition, like a stroke or aneurysm, which require lifesaving emergency care. People who get headaches that indicate these serious conditions usually characterize them as the worst headaches they have ever had and very different from other types of headaches they have experienced. Sudden, severe headaches should be evaluated in the ER so that stroke care or another appropriate treatment can be provided quickly.

    It occurs with speech, vision, or behavioral changes.
    As Regional Medical Center of San Jose neurologist Dr. Raul Guisado explains in this video , having a stroke doesn’t make you more prone to later headaches. However, headaches can be indicators of a stroke, especially when they are accompanied by other stroke symptoms, like slurred speech, vision difficulties, and confusion. Because fast stroke care is so essential to stop the loss of brain tissue, these types of headaches should be evaluated in the ER.

    The pain is getting worse and interfering with your activities.
    Headache pain that continues to get worse and that prevents you from doing your normal activities could require emergency care. You may be suffering from a severe migraine or cluster headache that could benefit from prescription strength oral pain medication, medication injections, lidocaine, or inhaling highly concentrated oxygen.

    The Regional Medical Center of San Jose provides emergency care 24 hours a day, 365 days per year for all of your urgent medical needs, from intense headaches to chest pain. Learn more about all of our hospital services today by calling (888) 762-8881.

  • Manage Anxiety This Holiday Season

    The holidays are usually a time for happy togetherness, but too often, they also cause intense anxiety. Everything from pressure to make the season perfect for your loved ones to facing the holidays after losing someone close to you can cause anxiety to take center stage this time of year. If you experience severe anxiety, consider getting emergency care, particularly if you feel like you could harm yourself . In addition to talking to your physician about your symptoms, try these strategies for managing stress during the holiday season:

    Focus on Important Traditions
    As life changes and evolves for you, it is okay for your holiday traditions to follow suit. Instead of trying to replicate the same celebrations year after year, decide with your family which traditions are important to you to keep, and which ones you can leave as memories. For instance, if you love getting together to bake cookies with your cousins but are overwhelmed at the thought of hosting a post-Thanksgiving brunch, remove the stress of the brunch and focus on the cookie tradition. This allows you to make your holiday season more manageable without compromising on the things that matter to you.

    Make Time for Relaxation
    Relaxing should be part of the holidays, so make sure you get some time to just enjoy the season. Don’t overschedule yourself, and when you host a gathering, make sure you get time to enjoy it. Buy premade food, allow other people to bring dishes, and otherwise share the burden so that you get to stop and enjoy everything you’ve worked hard to arrange. Make time for yourself every day to focus on the things that are important to you.

    Ask for Help
    Holiday planning often falls on the shoulders of a few people in most families, so ask for help when you need it. Many people in your family may be willing to help but aren’t sure how to get involved. Be specific about the kind of support you need so people can give it to you.

    Emergency care is available at Regional Medical Center of San Jose around the clock throughout the holiday season. We can also provide physician referrals to providers who can help you manage anxiety. Find out more about our hospital in San Jose by calling (888) 762-8881.

  • Plan for a Healthier Thanksgiving

    Does Thanksgiving seem more like a looming threat to your health than a celebration with a family and friends? This food-centered holiday can take a serious toll on your efforts to manage your weight as well as chronic conditions like heart disease and diabetes, but it doesn’t have to. Fortunately, you can still enjoy the feast without a side dish of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. With a little planning, your Thanksgiving can be both delicious and healthy. Try these techniques to stay on track with your health goals for the holidays.

    Pack for a Healthy Trip
    If you will be traveling for Thanksgiving, plan for healthy eating on the road by packing foods to eat in the car or on the plane. Try snacks like apple slices, cheese sticks, granola bars, and carrot sticks. If you’re traveling by car, pack some bottled water so you don’t guzzle soda and coffee the whole way, or buy a big water bottle for the plane once you’re through security. Knowing you have some snacks with you can help you resist the urge to indulge in candy bars and fast food.

    Tweak Your Recipes
    You don’t have to leave your Thanksgiving favorites off the menu. Simply look for healthier ways to prepare them. For instance, use Greek yogurt in mashed potatoes instead of butter for tangy creaminess, or bake stuffing in mini muffin cups to limit serving sizes. You can cut back on the sugar in almost any recipe without sacrificing flavor. Bake a crustless pumpkin pie to save on calories and fat. Focus on filling your plate with things you really want and skip things you may not love but eat out of tradition.

    Get Active
    Thanksgiving doesn’t have to mean a massive feast followed by a long nap. Get out and do things together with your family. Play flag football, commit to an after-dinner walk, or even offer to do the cleaning up. You’ll burn calories and fight off indigestion.

    Regional Medical Center of San Jose is committed to providing services and education to build a healthier community . Choose our hospital for emergency care, stroke care, and robotic surgery in San Jose, as well as all of your preventative care needs. Call us today at (888) 762-8881 for more information.