Alcohol Awareness

(May 25, 2018)  One in 16 adults in the US struggle with an alcohol-use disorder.  Drinking too much alcohol increases your risk of injuries, violence, drowning, liver disease, and some types of cancer.

Encourage friends and family members to make small changes, like keeping track of their drinking and setting drinking limits.

Here at Northwoods Family Medicine, we can discuss treatment options for problem drinking.  They could include:

  • Behavioral Treatments:  Counseling may help you pinpoint and change habits that contribute to your drinking.  For example, you might learn techniques to help you cope with stress without using alcohol.
  • Medicines:  Prescription medicines may also help treat an alcohol-use disorder.  Some may help reduce the urge to drink.  Others make it harder to tolerate alcohol, which may help you avoid drinking again.
  • Peer Support Groups:  With programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous, people who are on their way to recovery support one another.  Support groups may work best alongside other treatments.

If you think you have an alcohol-related problem, talk with us about what treatments might help you.  Call for an appointment.  357-9400.


November is National Diabetes Awareness Month

(Nov 1, 2017)  More than one in three American adults has pre-diabetes — a serious health condition that often leads to type 2 diabetes and other significant health conditions like blindness, heart attack or stroke. According to newly released CDC data, however, nearly 90 percent of the 84 million people with pre-diabetes don’t know they have it and aren’t aware of the long-term risks to their health. Currently, about 30 million Americans are living with diabetes.

At Northwoods Family Medicine we can perform screening for, and treat, both diabetes and prediabetes.  Don’t be caught unaware. Schedule an appointment at 357-9400

November is COPD Awareness Month

(Nov 1, 2017)  Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease affects 5.9% of residents across Alaska, according to data from the CDC. Nationwide, the disease impacts more than 24 million people and it is estimated that half of these cases go undiagnosed. While there is no cure for COPD, early intervention and treatment may help manage the disease and improve quality of life.

Symptoms of COPD include shortness of breath, chronic coughing or wheezing, producing excess sputum, or feeling unable to take a deep breath. COPD most often occurs in people age 40 and over with a history of smoking. However, as many as one in six people with COPD have never smoked. Long-term environmental exposure to things that can irritate your lungs as well as certain genetic conditions can also play a role.

At Northwoods Family Medicine we can help with COPD treatment, diagnosis and prevention.  Stopping smoking is one of the most effective ways to stop progression and prevent COPD. Schedule an appointment at 357-9400