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We are committed to keeping the Chico community healthy, and this service ensures we accomplish that. Customized to your personal needs and provided by experienced medical professionals, we assure you the highest level of care throughout all of our services. Get in touch with us today to learn more.

 

COMMON CONDITIONS

Taking Care of You

DIABETES

Diabetes is a serious disease that impacts the lives of millions of Americans. If left untreated, it can lead to blindness, nerve damage, heart disease, and even death. Fortunately, Dr. David Alonso and his team specialize in diagnosing and treating this chronic condition. Under their care, you can manage symptoms and regain optimal health. Call or book an appointment online today for a comprehensive diabetes screening.

What is diabetes?

Diabetes occurs when your cells are starved of glucose, the life-giving sugar we get from food. Although there are three kinds of diabetes, each one stems from problems with a vital hormone called insulin. Insulin acts as a kind of shuttle: It helps your cells absorb glucose.

What are the complications of diabetes?

Deprived of adequate energy, organs and systems throughout your body decline and fail. From your eyes and ears to your heart, kidneys and feet, diabetes can cause blindness, crippling nerve damage, and heart disease.


What are the symptoms of diabetes?

As diabetes progresses, your body’s organs and systems respond with a range of warning signs:

  • Blurred vision

  • Chronic fatigue

  • Dry and flaky skin

  • Frequent need to urinate

  • Often feeling thirst

  • Tingling or numbness in hands or feet

  • Slow healing sores or wounds

  • Weight loss without dieting or exercising

HEART DISEASE

This year, more than half a million Americans will die from heart disease, making it the leading cause of death for men and women alike. Assessing your risk is the first step to improving your cardiovascular health and leading a long, fulfilling life. Dr. David Alonso and his team are adept at identifying, treating, and managing heart disease. Start improving your heart health today by calling or booking an appointment online.

What is heart disease?

Heart disease is an umbrella term for numerous conditions that degrade this vital organ’s blood vessels, valves, and muscle. Also called cardiovascular disease, it's the chief cause of heart attack and stroke.

What causes heart disease?

There are three major causes of heart disease:

  • Congenital disabilities or other genetic issues

  • Lifestyle factors like unhealthy diet, obesity, and smoking

  • Bacterial or viral infections


What are the symptoms of heart disease?

The conditions contributing to heart disease display a wide range of symptoms, although some conditions show no symptoms at all. That’s why it’s so important to get regular exams.

HYPOTHYROIDISM

Are you frequently tired and sensitive to the cold? Does your face seem puffy? Do you feel plagued by painful, aching muscles? These are just a few symptoms of hypothyroidism, a chronic condition that can be life-threatening if left untreated. Dr. David Alonso and his team are skilled at diagnosing and treating this complex disease. Call or book an appointment online today to schedule your consultation.

What is hypothyroidism?

Your thyroid, a tiny gland in your neck, hormonally regulates the way key systems throughout your body use energy, including your heart, nervous system, and reproductive organs.

Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid gland becomes underactive and doesn’t produce enough thyroid hormone. The impact can be devastating and eventually lead to a goiter, infertility, neuropathy, and heart failure.


What causes hypothyroidism?

Hypothyroidism is often related to Hashimoto’s disease, an autoimmune disorder where the immune system attacks the thyroid gland and other areas of the body. It can often be caused by an inflamed thyroid gland (thyroiditis), thyroid nodules, and congenital hypothyroidism.

The condition can also develop following thyroid surgery or radiation treatments.

Am I at risk for hypothyroidism?

Although anyone can develop hypothyroidism at any time in life, the disease is most commonly seen in post-menopausal women over age 60.

Chronic conditions like Type 1 diabetes, Turner syndrome, and rheumatoid arthritis also increase your risk. Other factors that increase your risk of developing hypothyroidism include:

  • Thyroid surgery

  • Iodine deficiency

  • Pituitary disorder

  • Family history of thyroid issues

  • Pregnancy

  • Certain medications, like lithium


What are the symptoms of hypothyroidism?

The symptoms of hypothyroidism begin slowly and are often confused with other health problems like depression or diabetes. While its symptoms can widely vary, some common indicators include:

  • Constipation

  • Decreased heart rate

  • Droopy eyelids

  • Dry, course, and thickening skin

  • Fatigue

  • Mental confusion and slow speech

  • Muscle cramps and aches

  • Pain or tingling in hands

  • Sensitivity to cold

  • Swelling and puffiness in the face

  • Thinning hair

  • Weight gain

HYPERTENSION

Are you playing roulette with your health? If you’re living with untreated hypertension (high blood pressure), your odds of suffering a heart attack or stroke are greatly increased. Don’t gamble with your life: Dr. David Alonso and his team can help you manage and reverse this serious chronic disease. Call or book an appointment online today to schedule your hypertension screening.

What is hypertension?

Imagine you’re holding a water balloon. It’s soft and yielding. Now squeeze it. The pressure increases and the balloon becomes rigid. Add a little more pressure and pop, you’ve got a mess. That’s essentially what occurs with hypertension.

When arterial walls narrow or become inflexible, blood pressure rises, putting enormous stress on your heart. If left untreated, heart attack or stroke is the inevitable result.

Am I at risk for hypertension?

Your risk for hypertension depends on your age, gender, genetics, lifestyle, and overall health. Chronic diseases like diabetes increase your risk, as does consuming too much alcohol or not getting enough exercise.

Being overweight, consuming too much salt, smoking, and other unhealthy behaviors are huge factors in hypertension. Some prescription and non-prescription drugs can also play a role. Health conditions like sleep apnea, defective blood vessels, and issues with adrenal and thyroid glands can elevate blood pressure as well.

As people age, their chances of developing hypertension greatly increase. Men over 45 and women over 65 should be regularly screened.

What are the symptoms of hypertension?

Hypertension rarely displays any noticeable symptoms, which is why it’s often called the “invisible killer.” A quick and painless blood pressure check is the most accurate and reliable way to determine if you have hypertension.

 

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