Posts by Ariell Kirylo

The New MetroIPC.com

  Have you seen our new look? Metro Immediate & Primary Care is always looking for ways to better serve our patients. As we continue to grow, we want to make sure our patients have access to their most up-to-date health information and online booking systems. The MetroIPC website has always allowed visitors to book an appointment, explore locations and services, and also pay your bill online. With the new website, you will now also be able to access your medical records, request refills, view test results and, coming soon, you will also be able to see wait times at your
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Primary Care Services at MetroIPC

In addition to being able to treat our patients for immediate, non-life threatening issues, Metro Immediate & Primary Care can also serve as your primary care physician to provide you with preventative and ongoing health services when it is most convenient for you. Our extended hours, Metro-accessible locations and many accepted insurances allows us to serve you with quality care whether you need it now or later.  If you are interested in becoming a long-term primary care patient, please know that appointments are always recommended, although you can always walk into any one of our facilities if you need to
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Carbohydrates and Health

by Michael J Horan, MD, MPH, FACP Carbohydrates represent the single largest component of the human diet. Simply put, they are essential for our bodies to create the energy necessary to drive all our biochemical and physiological processes. But because carbohydrates are so ubiquitous, they oftentimes can become a double-edged sword. Overweight and obesity result much more from excess carbohydrates in our diet than they do from excess calories due to fats or proteins. So what to do to avoid becoming overweight or obese or to correct these problems? First, know that carbohydrates can be complex (e.g. grains, rice, pasta) or simple (e.g. sugar, fructose,
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Diabetes Digest: Medications that Promote Weight Loss in Type 2 Diabetes

by Gerti Tashko, M.D. Diabetes epidemic has reached unprecedented scale; about 9% of all Americans (30 million people) have diabetes, and the trend continues to rise. At the same time, it is estimated that 85 million individuals have prediabetes. These are staggering statistics with tremendous cost to patients and society. Ninety five percent of all patients have type 2 diabetes, which is due to excessive body weight, especially abdominal adiposity or fat. Unlike individuals with type 1 diabetes who have full insulin deficiency, type 2 diabetes patients produce plenty of insulin. But due to excess adiposity insulin does not work
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A Healthier New Year by Dr. James Yang

  by James Yang, M.D. The beginning of the year has just started and I have been gratified to see some of my patients coming in, ready to make another effort at improving their health in 2015. Other patients, I am waiting to hear back from; some of whom have likely fallen off the wagon of healthy living during this holiday season and are feeling guilty. In one of the most well known theories of how we change, the “stages of change” model anticipates setbacks, envisioning the path as an upward spiral where each attempt, even when it fails to
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November: Diabetes Awareness Month

by MIPC Staff Each November, The American Diabetes Association is dedicated to raising awareness and understanding of diabetes, as well as, its consequences, management and prevention. According to the American Diabetes Association, almost 400 million people have diabetes worldwide.   Diabetes Awareness Month focuses the nation’s attention on the issues and seriousness of diabetes and of the people impacted by the disease. This year, the Association is focusing on healthier cooking and hopes to both engage and inspire people to live a more active and healthier lifestyle. Diabetes mellitus (DM), or simply diabetes, is a metabolic disorder causing prolonged, and unusually
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Holiday Food Safety Tips

by MIPC Staff The holidays are right around the corner and food is always a major part of the festivities. However, food safety should be the most important ingredient in your holiday meals. Handling and preparing food safely prevents food-borne illnesses, but according to NIH, 48 million people in the U.S. get sick from contaminated food each year. Common culprits include bacteria, parasites and viruses. Symptoms may include: Upset stomach Abdominal cramps Nausea and vomiting Diarrhea Fever Dehydration These symptoms can range from mild to serious. The treatment in most cases, is increasing your fluid intake. For more serious illness,
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What You Need to Know About Epilepsy

By Aileen Bay, MIPC M.A. Over 2 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with epilepsy.  Epilepsy, a seizure disorder, is a neurological condition characterized by disturbances in the electrical activity of the brain. These electrical disturbances can cause many different types of seizures. Epilepsy is usually diagnosed after several tests are performed, including EEG (electroencephalogram), which detects electrical activity using electrodes attached to the scalp. CT and MRI scans can also be used to rule out out epilepsy from other conditions. There are over 20 different types of seizures, each with different symptoms. When most people think of
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Local Marriage Therapist Bares Everything, Launches Kickstarter to Save Marriages

Keith Miller, the director of Keith Miller & Associates Counseling in Dupont Circle and Bethesda, launched a Kickstarter campaign in October to raise funds for publishing his new book aimed at curbing divorce. His witty video (found on the campaign page) depicts how many couples feel about going to couples therapy and makes an appeal to pre-order his book via Kickstarter as a way to finance the expenses of publishing and distributing his message nationwide. The video was filmed at the Metro Immediate & Primary Care office in Silver Spring. A few years ago, Miller found himself to be an unwitting
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