This article looks at 3 conditions that your GP can diagnose and treat. Read on to find out more!
1) High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure may increase the chance you will experience a stroke, heart attack and heart failure if it goes untreated. While the exact cause isn't known, some factors increase your chances of developing high blood pressure:
- Having a parent with high blood pressure
- A high-salt diet
- A family history of heart disease
- Being overweight and smoking
If you have several risk factors, your doctor may ask you to monitor your blood pressure at home. Lifestyle changes such as not smoking and eating a healthy diet can help lower your blood pressure, as can medication prescribed by your GP if needed. Some people only experience high blood pressure symptoms once in their life, while others may suffer more than one attack or be on blood pressure medications for years. It's important to get it treated to reduce the risks of serious complications.
Diabetes is a common condition affecting people worldwide. It occurs when there is too much sugar (glucose) in the blood, either because the pancreas doesn't produce insulin to break the sugars down or because cells can't use insulin properly.
Anybody can develop diabetes, but there are certain factors that make a person more likely to develop the condition:
- A lack of exercise
- A family history of diabetes
- Having a high-fat diet
Your doctor can refer you to a diabetic clinic if they suspect you may have diabetes. A nurse at the clinic can provide further tests and insulin treatment. Your GP may also recommend changing your diet to help you manage your blood sugar levels.
Acne can range from the occasional spot to mild acne. This skin problem is one of the most common conditions seen by GPs and dermatologists. Acne happens when the pores on your face and body become blocked with oil and dead skin cells so that bacteria can grow. It's a pretty simple condition to treat as long as you catch it early. What makes getting rid of acne harder is that not everybody's skin reacts equally to treatments — you may need several different medications before finding one that works for you. You may be prescribed topical creams that help kill bacteria and remove dead skin from your face. Your GP may also prescribe antibiotics that help to kill off the bacteria.
If you would like more info, contact your GP today.