Westeros Family Practice
366 E Burlington St
Riverside, IL 60546 US
“You should get a flu vaccine before flu begins spreading in your community,” the CDC suggests.
We have Flu shots available, no appointment necessary!
We typically have same-day appointment availability for urgent problems.
Call (708) 442-7174 for scheduling
On-site Lab is available
November is American Diabetes month
Diabetes is one of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States. One in 10 Americans have diabetes — that’s more than 30 million people. And another 84 million adults in the United States are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Depending on your age, weight, and other factors, you may be at higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The good news is that making healthy changes can greatly lower your risk. To help prevent type 2 diabetes:
1) Watch your weight.
Excess weight is the single most important cause of type 2 diabetes. Being overweight increases the chances of developing type 2 diabetes seven-fold. Being obese makes you 20 to 40 times more likely to develop diabetes than someone with a healthy weight. Losing weight can help if your weight is above the healthy-weight range. Losing 7-10% of your current weight can cut your chances of developing type 2 diabetes in half.
2) Eat healthy.
Four dietary changes can have a big impact on the risk of type 2 diabetes.
1. Choose whole grains and whole grain products over refined grains and other highly processed carbohydrates.
2. Skip the sugary drinks, and choose water, coffee, or tea instead.
3. Choose healthy fats.
4. Limit red meat and avoid processed meat; choose nuts, beans, whole grains, poultry, or fish instead.
3) Get more physical activity.
Get moving—and turn off the television. Inactivity promotes type 2 diabetes. Working your muscles more often and making them work harder improves their ability to use insulin and absorb glucose. This puts less stress on your insulin-making cells. So trade some of your sit-time for fit-time.
4) Don’t smoke
Add type 2 diabetes to the long list of health problems linked with smoking. Smokers are roughly 50% more likely to develop diabetes than nonsmokers, and heavy smokers have an even higher risk.
5) Light to moderate alcohol consumption
Evidence has consistently linked moderate alcohol consumption with reduced risk of heart disease. The same may be true for type 2 diabetes. Moderate amounts of alcohol—up to a drink a day for women, up to two drinks a day for men—increases the efficiency of insulin at getting glucose inside cells. And some studies indicate that moderate alcohol consumption decreases the risk of type 2 diabetes. but excess alcohol intake actually increases the risk. If you already drink alcohol, the key is to keep your consumption in the moderate range, as higher amounts of alcohol could increase diabetes risk. If you don’t drink alcohol, there’s no need to start—you can get the same benefits by losing weight, exercising more, and changing your eating patterns.
We accept most public and private insurance plans. We also offer special pricing for cash-paying patients for most procedures.
Monday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.
Tuesday: 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm.
Wednesday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.
Thursday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.
Friday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm.
Saturday (1-2 Saturdays per month):
9:00 am - 1:00 pm.
Westeros Family Practice
Iryna Serembytsky, M.D.
Call Us: (708) 442-7174