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September 21, 2020
Category: Health Care
Tags: Annual Checkups  

Prevention is really worth a pound of cure, as the old saying goes, and this applies to your annual doctor checkups. Health professionals and organizations cannot stress enough the importance of these regular visits to help you identify your specific health risk factors and any issues before they become harder to manage.

Detected early on, most diseases can be treated more effectively. Ultimately, regular checkups with your doctor, Dr. Tomas Rios or Dr. Nicolin Neale, here at Rios Healthcare Associates in Houston, TX, will help in ensuring a healthier and longer life.

Annual Prevention Checkup Basics

Depending on your sex, age, and health history, your prevention checkup might include the following:

  • Urine, blood, hearing, and vision screenings to assess your overall health
  • Evaluations of your weight, cholesterol level, and blood pressure
  • Vaccines and booster shots
  • Your physical activity and eating habits as well as any alcohol, drug, or tobacco use
  • Tests to evaluate your risk for certain conditions like diabetes or cancer
  • Screening for colon cancer, beginning at 50 years old or younger for people who have a history of cancer in the family
  • Your stress level and general mental health

Specific Women’s Health Issues

  • A breast examination to check for abnormal bumps or lumps
  • A mammogram, beginning at 40 years old or younger if you have a history of breast cancer in the family
  • Bone density testing, beginning at 65 years old to check for osteoporosis

Specific Men’s Health Concerns

  • Beginning at 50 years old or younger for people who have a prostate cancer history in the family, a rectal examination for checking prostate health and a PSA or prostate specific antigen blood test
  • An abdominal examination for cigarette smokers or ex-smokers, between 65 and 75 years old, to check the state of your aorta

Prepping for Your Annual Checkup

Prior to your checkup, make sure to review your health history and update it as necessary. Make sure you can answer questions about your immunization record and general health screenings you’ve undergone. List down any questions you may have for your doctor in Houston, TX, especially if you have specific health concerns.

Likewise, take notes on your smartphone or a notebook during your discussions, so you don’t forget anything. Coming in fully prepared will help ensure that you make the most out of your annual checkup.

Talk to Us to Learn More About Annual Checkups and Preventive Care

Book a visit with your doctor here at Rios Healthcare Associates in Houston, TX, Dr. Tomas Rios or Dr. Nicolin Neale, by dialing (832) 323-9230.

July 10, 2020
Category: Health Care
Tags: diabetes  

When you eat, your body converts much of your food to sugar and uses it for energy. Your pancreas produces a hormone known as insulin, which helps your body absorb glucose into the bloodstream. If you suffer from diabetes, it may be because your pancreas is unable to make enough insulin, or because your body cannot absorb insulin properly. The latter will cause an excess build-up of sugar in your system. Diabetes can cause several serious complications including heart disease, blindness, and kidney failure. Dr. Tomas Rios and Dr. Nicolin Neal at Rios Healthcare Associates in Houston TX can help you manage your diabetes.

Type I Diabetes

This type of diabetes usually affects younger individuals and is caused when the pancreas can no longer produce insulin. Treatment is a lifelong commitment that involves:

  • Monitoring blood sugar
  • Taking insulin
  • Eating a healthy diet
  • Keeping a healthy weight
  • Regular exercise

Type II Diabetes

This type of diabetes arises when the pancreas can no longer produce enough insulin, or when insulin doesn’t function adequately. This form of diabetes affects people who are overweight. Treatment usually involves:

  • Maintaining a healthy diet
  • Regular exercise
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Possibly taking diabetes medication or insulin

Diabetic Diet

You can live a healthy lifestyle with diabetes if you follow these simple dietary tips provided by your Houston TX doctors to help you maintain a balanced metabolism:

Low Glycemic Index: This includes food that is digested slowly without causing rapid rises or depletions of blood glucose levels.

Complex high-fiber carbohydrates: This type of carbohydrates are absorbed more slowly. This increases your body’s sensitivity to insulin and prevents blood sugar from peaking.

Alpha-lipoic acid: This is an antioxidant that promotes glucose absorption and can also improve nerve damage of diabetes sufferers.

Omega 3: Protects against the hardening and blockage of the arteries.

Foods to avoid, suggested by your Houston TX doctors

Refined and simple carbohydrates: These include glucose, sucrose, and fructose and are found in white bread, refined sugar, honey, white rice, white bread, and corn syrup.

Alcohol: High amounts of fat contained in alcohol can lead to heart disease and liver damage.

High sodium food: Excessive salt intake can lead to high blood pressure and heart disease.

If you live in Houston TX and would like to find out more, you can reach Dr. Tomas Rios and Dr. Nicolin Neal at Rios Healthcare at (832) 323-9230.

May 28, 2020
Category: Health Care
Tags: Urgent Care  

Find out if the symptoms you are experiencing require a hospital visit or urgent care.

Nothing is more stressful than dealing with your own illness or injury, or a sick loved one. These problems often occur suddenly, and you may find yourself wondering whether you should take a trip to the hospital or whether an urgent care center will be able to handle the problem. Here in Houston, our team of board-certified internists Dr. Tomas Rios and Dr. Nicolin Neal are able to address any and all non-emergency medical issues in teens and adults.

Hospital or Urgent Care?

Here’s a good rule of thumb to follow: If you are dealing with a serious symptom (e.g. chest pain; trouble breathing) or a potentially life-threatening condition (e.g. concussion with blackouts) then you should head to your local ER immediately for care; however, if you are dealing with injuries, symptoms or illnesses that aren’t life-threatening but do require medical attention within the next 24 hours then our Houston urgent care office is here to help.

Conditions and Injuries that Require Urgent Care

Here in Houston, our team of doctors provide preventive care, treatment for both acute and chronic diseases and also urgent medical care for,

  • Sprains
  • Burns
  • Fractures
  • Abdominal pain
  • Ear infections
  • Conjunctivitis (pink eye)
  • Wheezing due to asthma or allergies
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Influenza
  • Bronchitis
  • Strep throat
  • Rashes
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea
  • STI (Sexually transmitted infections)

We offer on-site lab testing, which means that we can take blood, urine or other samples and analyze them right here in our office instead of sending the samples away for analysis. This means that you’ll get your results much faster, which also means that you’ll get treated faster.

Whether you are looking for a doctor who can help you manage your diabetes, you are looking for a regular physician to visit for routine physicals and checkups, or you are dealing with an urgent health problem, the medical team at Rios Healthcare Associates in Houston is here to help. Walk-ins are welcome but you can also call us at (832) 323-9230 or book an appointment online.

April 27, 2020
Category: Health Care
Tags: Preventive Care  

Preventive healthcare involves taking specific measures to prevent disease. There many factors that can contribute to disease development, including genetics, environmental factors, lifestyle choices, and disease agents. Preventive care differs from diagnostic care in that the purpose of diagnostic care is to look for a specific disease or condition based on the signs and symptoms that the patient is experiencing.

Dr. Tomas G. Rios and Dr. Nicolin Neal are internal medicine specialists at Rios Healthcare Associates located in Houston, TX. They offer quality healthcare services to Houston residents and can help you will all your preventive care needs.

The Importance of Preventive Care

There are two reasons why preventive care is important. Firstly, it keeps you healthy and lowers your risk of major diseases such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Secondly, it can significantly reduce your medical expenses.

Your doctor will recommend preventive measures based on the current condition of your health. All Marketplace Insurance Plans cover:

  • Vaccinations at the appropriate age including:
    • chickenpox
    • rubella
    • diphtheria
    • influenza
    • hepatitis A and B
    • Measles
    • Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
    • Mumps
    • Pertussis
  • One-time abdominal aortic aneurysm for non-smoking males
  • Mammograms and breast cancer screening
  • STI screening and counseling
  • Tuberculosis screening
  • Alcohol dependence screening and counseling
  • Blood pressure and cholesterol screening
  • Colorectal cancer screening
  • Diet counseling
  • Diabetes type 2 screening
  • HIV screening

Even if you have any of the chronic conditions listed above, your doctor can still recommend steps that will help you manage your symptoms and maintain the best quality of life. Your health care provider will tell you when you need to schedule appointments for preventive care screening.

If you’re located in Houston and you’re looking for more information on preventive healthcare, call Dr. Rios today at (832) 323-9230.

February 24, 2020
Category: healthcare
Tags: Breast Health   Women's Health   Stress  

Women’s health care focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, and management of various conditions and diseases that not only impact your physical wellbeing, but your emotional health as well. Healthy habits are the most effective way to prevent all sorts of health issues and live life more fully. However, healthy living might take a back seat to your busy schedule, work, errands, household chores, etc.

Here at Rios Healthcare Associates, PLLC, in Houston, TX, we understand all of this, which is why we offer women’s health care services under the management of Dr. Tomas Rios and Dr. Nicolin Neal. Meanwhile, you can take these practical steps towards a healthier and happier life.

Eat a Healthy Diet

A healthy diet should include plenty of fresh veggies and fruits, whole grains, fresh fish, fiber-rich foods, low-fat dairy, lean cuts of poultry and meat, and healthy fats from olive oil, seeds, or nuts.

Just Keep On Moving

Aside from helping you maintain a healthy weight, tons of studies have also proven that exercise can help decrease your risk of developing chronic health issues such as heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, and cancer among many others.

Combat Stress

Stress can come from a multitude of things and can manifest in many different forms, including:

  • Stomach problems
  • High blood pressure
  • Back pain
  • Sleeping difficulties
  • Sudden weight loss or gain
  • Sleeping issues
  • Relationship conflicts

Fortunately, you can take control of your stress through relaxation techniques like meditating, exercising, doing yoga, or going to therapy.

Take Control of Your Sexual Health

Sexual health needs of women span decades and cover a broad range of issues including safe sexual practices, preventing unplanned pregnancies, and addressing a reduced sexual appetite. A healthy sex life can reduce your risk of heart attacks and high blood pressure and improve your stress levels.

Take Charge of Your Breast Health

According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is among the most common kinds of cancer that affect women in the US. That being said, the ACS recommends that women should start receiving annual mammograms once they turn 40. Here at Rios Healthcare Associates, PLLC, in Houston, TX, we offer mammograms as part of our breast care services.

Have Regular Doctor Checkups

Besides gynecological and breast checkups, you should likewise go to your doctor regularly for general screening and health exams. In general, you should have your blood, blood pressure, cholesterol, and glucose levels checked among others. Done regularly, these preventive tests could help you keep on top of your overall health.

Ready to Take Control of Your Health?

Call Rios Healthcare Associates, PLLC, in Houston, TX, at (832) 323-9230 to schedule a visit with Dr. Tomas Rios or Dr. Nicolin Neal. We also welcome walk-ins.

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