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By RMS Consultations
August 03, 2020
Category: Medical
Tags: Major Surgery  

Having major surgery is a big step, most often for the better. Still, recovery often means relearning how to use your body. Dr. Antoine Geffrard in Southfield, MI has helped many patients get back on track at his practice, RMS Consultations.

What can you do to recover from major surgery?

Tune into your body to see how you feel with your pain meds.

Do they make you feel groggy or are they just right? Report this to your physician, who will work with you to make your recovery as easy as possible.

Attempt light exercise.

Lying in bed increases the risk of developing a blood clot in patients’ legs. Elevating your feet, moving your knees and ankles, or just even flexing your toes can provide some much-needed movement to the lower extremities.

Maintain a positive mindset.

Surgery is a demanding procedure -- practices like deep breathing and meditation can help the patient stay calm. Releasing anxiety also provides mental clarity, thus allowing better decision making after the operation.

Rally a support system.

Family and friends may offer to do things like run errands or chat for a few minutes. Social workers, grocery delivery, and other services can help you maintain some normalcy. Joining a support group or seeing a therapist are also wonderful ways to allay isolation.

Take your time.

It may be tempting to jump back into life as it was, but healing takes time. Major surgeries usually entail sutures inside and outside of the body, so being gentle with the healing process is key.

Schedule an RMS Consultation.

Dr. Antoine Geffrard serves the Southfield, MI area and is able to help you with a speedy recovery. Contact (248) 663-5353 to schedule an appointment.

By RMS Consultations
August 03, 2020
Category: Health
Tags: Diabetes   Healthier Diet  

Do you need help in maintaining a healthy lifestyle? Did your primary care doctor just inform you that you are diabetic? Explore your options and enhance your lifestyle with Dr. Antoine Geffrard in Southfield, MI, at RMS Consultations. With over 40 years of experience, Dr. Geffrard has helped thousands of patients regain control over their health.

Here are some tips on maintaining a healthy diet while getting the treatment you deserve:

Complex carbohydrates


Diabetes is a disorder where the pancreas can not properly process insulin that is released when a patient consumes sugar. This means simple sugars will disturb the body’s natural balance quicker than complex carbohydrates. Complex carbs take a longer time to digest, making it better fuel for the system.

Try to restrict your consumption of even complex carbohydrates; they do not have to be consumed at each meal.

Fresh fruits and veggies


Eating fresh whole fruits and veggies that are low in sugar help the body stave off symptoms of diabetes. These foods are not only integral to a balanced diet but offer the patient proper nutrition without overwhelming the circulatory system with sugar.

Pass on sugary beverages


Sweet coffee, cola, and ginger-ale are all examples of drinks to avoid when eating to control diabetes. Some alternatives are sugar-free drinks like homemade iced tea with no or less sugar, water, and less sweet options like grapefruit juice.

Avoid processed foods


Foods such as canned fruit and veggies packed in syrup, items that are cured in sugar, or cooked to syrup can wreak havoc on your metabolism. These foods are processed for taste and stable shelf life but should be used sparingly if at all.

Move your body


While not a diet, frequent vigorous exercise is a vital tool for managing your diabetes. Exercise helps the muscles use the sugar that may be still in the bloodstream. Establishing a habit of consistency does not have to be unpleasant. Simple walking at the park can raise the blood rate up enough to fight against symptoms.

If you are a patient in Southfield, MI, and need assistance with controlling your diabetes, contact Dr. Antoine Geffrard at RMS Consultations at (248) 663-5353.

By RMS Consultations
August 03, 2020
Category: Medical
Tags: Chronic Diseases  

What exactly are “chronic diseases”? Generally speaking, the term encompasses conditions that have been ongoing for a year or more, requires continuous medical attention, and limits your daily activities. Here at RMS Consultations in Southfield, MI, Dr. Antoine Geffrard, treats and helps patients with chronic disease management.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, chronic diseases are considered as the leading causes of annual deaths and disabilities in the United States. S what are these chronic diseases and how are they treated?

Diabetes

Roughly seven million of those 65 years old and above have diabetes and most of them live with Type 2 diabetes. Diabetes happens when a person’s blood sugar or blood glucose gets excessively high. It impairs the ability of the body to process blood sugar and can result in dangerous complications that can include cardiovascular diseases.

Treatment options for Type 1 diabetes can include insulin, exercise, and a proper diet. Type 2 diabetes, on the other hand, can be treated by weight reduction through diet and exercise, oral or injected Type 2 diabetes medications, and insulin therapy.

Cancer

This chronic disease is the second deadliest in the United States. There are different types of cancers that a person can have. Two of the most common are colorectal cancer, which accounts for 10% of all cancer death, and breast cancer, which affects mostly women who are 50 years old and above.

Treatment options for cancer can include:

  • Surgery
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation Therapy
  • Bone Marrow Transplant
  • Immunotherapy
  • Hormone Therapy
  • Targeted Drug Therapy
  • Cryoablation
  • Radio Frequency Ablation

Cardiovascular Diseases

One of the growing concerns around the world, heart disease remains the leading cause of death in many countries. Increased risk is associated with tobacco use, poor nutrition, and lack of physical activity. Treatment options for heart diseases normally include:

  • Lifestyle Changes
  • Cardiac Rehab
  • Medications Used to Treat Heart Failure
  • Hyperkalemia (High Potassium)
  • Devices and Surgical Procedures for Treatment of Heart Failure
  • Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy (CRT)

High Blood Pressure and High Cholesterol

Hypertension, also referred to as high blood pressure, is one of the major risk factors for strokes and heart diseases because of the damages to the arteries. With the 78 million adults suffering from high blood pressure, less than half have the condition under control. Excessive sodium consumption leads to high blood pressure. Common treatment options are:

  • Heart-healthy diet that has less salt
  • Regular physical activity
  • Medications for regulating blood pressure
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Limiting or eliminating the use of alcoholic drinks

Having the chronic disease high LDL cholesterol doubles your risk of heart disease. The excess cholesterol builds up on the arteries’ walls and limits the blood flow to the brain, heart, kidneys, legs, and other vital organs. Treatment options to improve cholesterol levels include:

  • Lifestyle changes
  • Statins
  • Bile-acid-binding resins
  • Cholesterol absorption inhibitors
  • Injectable medications

Early Detection and Management

Chronic diseases are serious conditions that must never be taken lightly. By consulting with your doctor in Southfield, MI, you can find the appropriate treatment plan that will agree with your lifestyle. That being said, it is rare for chronic diseases to be completely cured. That is why early detection and better self-management are essential strategies in preventing the increased risk and medical burden of the conditions.

For Help in Managing Chronic Diseases, We Can Help

Arrange a meeting with Dr. Antoine Geffrard here at RMS Consultations in Southfield, MI, by dialing (248) 663-5353.

By RMS Consultations
July 21, 2020
Category: Health

Maintaining Your Weight Loss Progress

Sadly, for many people, after they have lost weight, they end up regaining it. This should not discourage you. There are things you can do to maintain your hard-won weight progress. Dr. Antoine E. Geffrard at RMS Consultations in Southfield can help you keep on track with your weight loss progress.

Tips for Keeping the Weight Off

Southfield patients find that the following practices help them maintain a healthy weight:

  • Keep weight loss moderate: Medical experts recommend that you lose an average of one or two pounds per week, no more. This allows you to avoid any health issues that may be caused by sudden weight loss. It also helps you learn healthy eating habits.
  • Avoid bad habits: Once you have reached your desired weight, make sure that you don’t slip back into unhealthy eating habits, otherwise, you will quickly gain weight again.
  • Set new goals: It’s great that you’ve reached your weight goal, not set yourself a new goal to strive for. It could be a fitness goal, for example. This will help keep your confidence high.
  • Exercise regularly: If you exercise for 30-60 minutes each day, this will give you a much better chance of maintaining your goal weight.
  • Eat breakfast: Medical experts recommend a breakfast containing grains and a lean source of protein to keep the pounds at bay.
  • Stay in touch with your weight loss doctor: Dr. Geffrard will be able to calculate your BMI or measure your body fat percentage to ensure these numbers remain at a healthy level. He can also make sure that no health issues arise as your eating habits and lifestyle changes.

If you live in Southfield and you need professional help with your weight loss, call Dr. Geffrard on (248) 663-5353 to schedule an appointment.

By RMS Consultations
July 07, 2020
Category: Health

Are you feeling a little frustrated because you just can't seem to lose weight? Dr. Antoine Geffrard of RMS Consultations in Southfield, MI, can recommend lifestyle changes and treatments that will finally help you drop those extra pounds and keep them off.

What lifestyle changes can help me lose weight?

During your visit with the doctor, you'll discuss the factors that have contributed to your weight gain, your medical history, your activity level and the changes you've already made to control your weight. You may benefit from:

  • Changing Your Diet: Have you failed to lose weight despite counting calories and avoiding certain foods? Approaches that work well for your friends or relatives won't necessarily help you control your weight. The healthiest meal plans include a selection of fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy products, whole grains, and lean meat, poultry and fish. Your consultant can provide advice about portion sizes and choosing healthy foods and beverages during a nutritional counseling session.
  • Becoming More Active: Exercise not only helps you lose weight but keeps your heart, muscles and bones healthy. The American Heart Association recommends at least 2 1/2 hours of heart-pumping activity every week. Combining healthy eating with regular exercise can help you lose weight more quickly.
  • Reducing Stress: When you're stressed, it's easy to fall back into bad habits. You may find yourself reaching for a sugary snack or eating an entire bag of potato chips. Not surprisingly, exercise may be the last thing on your mind if you're stressed or anxious. Lowering your stress level with meditation, yoga, listening to music, or your favorite hobby can help you stay on track and avoid temptation.

Are you tired of struggling with your weight? Dr. Geffrard of RMS Consultations can help you lose weight safely and effectively. Call his Southfield, MI, office at (248) 663-5353 to schedule an appointment.





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