Only a few more days left!

December 7th is the last day for Medicare patients to enroll for coverage to begin on January 1, 2018.

If you are not yet set for the new year, don’t delay! Learn about all options and benefits for successful medical coverage and peace of mind for the new year.

Find valuable information and guidance to help you navigate your options and make important decisions about your healthcare coverage at medicareresources.org and medicare.org.

Open & Closed

Our Hallandale Beach office is open todayFriday November 24th on our regular business schedule.   Call us at 954-454-6300 or visit us to see a physician and to make your future appointments.

Please note that our Hollywood office is closed today, Friday November 24th, for scheduled maintenance but will re-open on Monday, November 27th, at our regular business hours.  

Follow us on Social Media and stay tuned to find out more about all our happenings and engaging monthly events.

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

We will be closed on Thursday, November 23rd in observance of Thanksgiving Day.

Our Hallandale Beach office will re-open on Friday, November 24th at our regular business hours.

Our Hollywood office will remain closed and will re-open on Monday, November 27th at its regular business hours.

We wish you and your loved ones a beautiful Thanksgiving celebration and we thank you for choosing us to be your primary health care provider.

Be Creative, Be Healthy!

Arts & Crafts are booming at Safecare!

Staying active and creative are a sure way for a healthy brain and happier lifestyle, and it is such a pleasure for us to spend time with friends from our community and using our creativity together.

Join us at any of our next events for insights, creativity and a simply great time. See ya there!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2018 Open Enrollment Educational Event

The annual enrollment period can be a confusing time for many. Let Safecare Medical Center answer all your questions about Medicare Open Enrollment and the new 2018 benefits.  Join us at the Hallandale Beach Cultural Community Center on November 15th for guidelines on options and benefits available to you for your healthcare needs.

 

 

Health Conversations With Stacey

Join us at our Hollywood office for an interesting health discussion. This will be our last one on preventing and treating the flu.

We look forward to welcoming you!

2018 Medicare Enrollment Period

Fall is here and this is an important season to find the best Medicare plan for you. Let us help you navigate through all the information available to you!

Join us on November 15th for an educational event to learn about available benefits and options.

Health Conversations With Stacey

Join us at our Hallandale Beach office for an interesting health discussion on preventing and treating the flu.

We look forward to welcoming you!

 

Fun Times At Safecare

Birthdays, laughter, community, friendships… BINGO!!  We had a terrific time during game day at our Hollywood office on October 19th.

We love hosting games and activities where our patients and members of our local community can have a great time and get to know each other.  Check our events page and join us for our next activity.  We look forward to having you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Obesity: An On-going Epidemic

Obesity is one of the most serious public health problems of the 21st century. Health care expenditures for obese Americans accounted for 35% of all costs in 2006, or $303 billion, (Mr. Obama take note). This has increased from $167 billion in 2001. From 2001 to 2006 the number of obese Americans increased from 48 million to 59 million people. The day I wrote this article 45% of the patients I saw in my office practice were obese.

Obesity is a condition where excess body fat has accumulated to the extent that it adversely affects your health. Most people recognize obesity on sight. A medical degree is not necessary to make the diagnosis. A good estimate of obesity is to calculate a number called body mass index (BMI). This number is obtained by measuring a personʼs height and weight and applying a simple formula. I do it for every patient in my office practice. A normal healthy value for BMI is between 18.5 and 24.9. From 25-29.9 a person is considered to be “overweight”. Anything above 30 is “obese”. Anything above 40 is considered “morbidly obese”, and above 50 “super obese”.

Obesity is a leading cause of death worldwide. A BMI of 30-35 reduces a personʼs life expectancy by 2-4 years. A BMI of more than 40 reduces life expectancy for men by 20 years and for women by 5 years.

Many common diseases are strongly associated with obesity particularly heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, breathing difficulties during sleep, certain types of cancer, and osteoarthritis. It is estimated that obesity is the cause of 64% of the cases of Type 2 diabetes in men and 77% of the cases in women.

Obesity is caused by a combination of excessive dietary calories (eating too much), lack of physical activity, and genetic susceptibility. In the American society the increased rates of obesity are felt to be due to easy accessibility of food and an increased reliance on cars and mechanized manufacturing. Our diets contain an increased percentage of processed fatty foods and sugars, and less whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. The alarming increase in childhood obesity correlates with increased time spent watching T.V. and playing video games, as well as a poor diet.

The primary treatment for obesity is dieting and physical exercise. In my practice I find most people have trouble doing either. Diets may produce weight loss over the short term, but keeping weight off is a problem and requires making exercise and a lower calorie diet a permanent part of your lifestyle. Success rates long- term are low (2-20%). Commercial diet programs like Jenny Craig, Weight-Watchers, or Nutri-Systems can be useful to help achieve weight loss.

Exercise alone in sufficient quantity will produce weight loss. In one study, during 20 weeks of basic military training with no dietary restrictions, obese military recruits lost an average of 27.6 pounds.

If diet and exercise alone fail, anti-obesity drugs may be tried to reduce appetite or inhibit fat absorption. Only 2 drugs are approved for long term use by the FDA. Meridia (an appetite suppressant), and Orlistat (inhibits fat absorption). Other drugs may be prescribed on a short term basis (usually 3 months or less).

For morbidly obese individuals, the last resort is Bariatric surgery, which reduces the ability to eat large quantities and absorb calories. These procedures have risks, but can be very successful at producing significant and permanent weight reduction. 

The potential benefits of weight reduction are significant. In one study intentional weight loss of any amount was associated with a 20% reduction in all-cause mortality.

Obesity is an extremely common problem and a very serious health concern. It goes far beyond cosmetics. It is an excellent reason to visit your doctor and begin a discussion. Getting your weight under control will improve your appearance, your energy level, and your health.

Written by Richard J. Wilbur, M.D., Board Certified in Internal Medicine.

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