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According to the Washington State Department of Health, flu cases are increasing throughout the state, including the Seattle area. “With flu season picking up, it’s important to remember that we can protect ourselves and our loved ones with a flu shot,” said Washington Secretary of Health Mary Selecky.
A lot of men are the take-charge types until it comes to taking care of their health. Maintaining good health, especially as we age, requires more than the familiar, ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,’ approach. A realistic plan for good health includes regular check-ups, recommended health screenings and an ongoing dialog with your doctor.
The Polyclinic recently added several new providers: pediatrician Connie Wang, MD; nephrologist Raj Narayanan, MD; and physical therapist Lawrence Spiegel, PT. Drs. Wang and Narayanan will be located at The Polyclinic Madison Center, 904 7th Avenue; Spiegel will be located at The Polyclinic Physical Therapy—Northgate Annex, 10700 Meridian Ave. N.
At The Polyclinic, one of the most common chronic conditions our patients face is diabetes. Left uncontrolled, it can lead to major complications including heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, kidney disease, blindness, and nervous system disease. It takes a lot of effort to manage diabetes including careful monitoring of blood sugar, diet and exercise and may include insulin or other medications, and frequent visits to the doctor. Ask anyone with diabetes: it’s a 24/7 condition that requires constant attention.