Plainfield Doctor Now Offers Nutritional Supplements at Online Health Store

Plainfield doctor, Dr. Kalpesh Patel, now provides nutritional supplements at his online store.

Dr. Kalpesh Patel, Plainfield doctor at Advanced Integrated Medicine, is happy to announce that he is now offering nutritional supplements from his online health store. Nutritional supplements have the ability to make significant improvements in patients’ health. Among the various supplements offered are protein formulas, antioxidants, vitamins, herbal products, and minerals.

All supplements can be found at http://aimhealthcenter.dfhealthestore.com. Nutritional supplements can be used as a preventative treatment or treatment for an existing health condition. Patients often get frustrated trying to figure out what supplements would benefit them the most, but Dr. Patel’s online health store takes away this frustration. On the website, rather than sifting through countless products, patients have the option to search products according to their specific health condition and medical needs.

Products for various health conditions are available, including blood pressure, blood sugar, cardiovascular, immune, stress, and weight management and support. Nutritional supplements can be delivered right to patient’s homes, with no hassle or pick up involved.

In addition to nutritional supplements, at Advanced Integrative Medicine, Dr. Patel offers physical exams, cancer prevention and screening, healthy lifestyle management, management of complex disorders, specialist referrals, and nutritional supplements in Plainfield. To learn more about the care offered at Advanced Integrative Medicine, visit their website at http://www.aimhealthcenter.com.

About Dr. Kalpesh Patel:

Dr. Kalpesh Patel is a board-certified physician of internal medicine and has completed his residency at West Suburban Hospital in Oak Park, Illinois. Dr. Patel is committed to providing patients with the best medical care in Plainfield. Dr. Patel has treated a wide range of disorders and illnesses while providing detail-oriented and specialized health care to each patient.

Doctor in Plainfield Raises Awareness of Health Issues through Preventative Program

Dr. Kalpesh Patel, Plainfield family doctor, now offers a healthy lifestyle management program to prevent health complications in his patients.

As the founder of Advanced Integrative Medicine in Plainfield, IL, Dr. Kalpesh Patel is committed to promoting patient wellbeing. His healthy lifestyle management program aims to prevent future health problems by teaching patients how to manage their lifestyles for optimal health.

“As the old adage goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. My goal with this program is to help patients assess their lifestyles and make any necessary changes so they can live happy, healthy lives. Whether patients seek to quit smoking or to manage their weight, we provide the information and support they need to improve their health habits,” said Dr. Kalpesh Patel, doctor in Plainfield.

Dr. Patel’s healthy lifestyle management program includes: help with smoking cessation, heart disease prevention, weight management, osteoporosis prevention, and diabetes maintenance. First, the patient is assessed for any existing medical conditions. Dr. Patel then develops a customized lifestyle management plan that best suits the patient’s needs. Throughout the plan, the team at Advanced Integrative Medicine works closely with each patient to help them meet their health improvement goals.

Advanced Integrative Medicine is a leading health care practice in Plainfield, providing physical exams, cancer prevention and screening, healthy lifestyle management, management of ongoing disorders, and specialist referrals. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Patel, call (815) 577-6446 or schedule an appointment online at http://www.aimhealthcenter.com. Advanced Integrative Medicine is in network with all major insurance providers.

About Dr. Kalpesh Patel, M.D.
Advanced Integrative Medicine was started by Dr. Kalpesh Patel as part of a joint medical and dental clinic with his wife, Dr. Shefali Patel (the dentist at Ivory Dental). Both doctors strongly believe that every patient deserves the best quality of medical and dental care that is available today. When designing their unique facility, both Doctors Patel went to great lengths to create an office that offers not only the latest technologies in the health industry, but also one that provides a relaxing spa-like environment for patients to experience health care in the most comfortable setting possible.

Dr. Kalpesh Patel is a board-certified physician in Internal Medicine. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and went on to receive his M.D. degree from Ross University. After completing his Internal Medicine residency at West Suburban Hospital in Oak Park, Illinois, he decided to settle down in the West Suburbs.

Internal Medicine Doctor in Plainfield Utilizes Latest Paperless Technology

Dr. Kalpesh Patel, Plainfield doctor, announces that he is utilizing paperless technology at Advanced Integrative Medicine.

At Advanced Integrated Medicine in Plainfield, Dr. Kalpesh Patel is now opting for a paperless medical office through the use of electronic records, charts, prescriptions, and faxes. Besides being environmentally friendly, a paperless medical practice allows Dr. Patel to communicate more effectively with his patients as well as retrieving and sending data in a more efficient manner.

Some of the paperless technology Dr. Patel is now utilizing includes:

Paperless charts: Rather than carrying and storing a mass of papers that might easily become misplaced or damaged, our doctors in Plainfield use paperless charts. Patients’ medical history and information are stored on a computer tablet. Data can be easily retrieved, allowing for faster, more effective communication between patient and doctor. If desired, charts can be emailed so that you always have your own records at your fingertips.

Complete electronic medical record (EMR): EMRs allow patient data and history to be stored on portable computer devices. With just the click of a mouse button or the tap of a finger, our doctors and dentists in Plainfield can easily transfer the entirety of your medical information to other specialists that you are seeing. Because the information is not handwritten and access is more readily available, EMRs improve the accuracy and effectiveness of your care.

ePrescriptions: Electronic prescriptions, or ePrescriptions, are drug prescriptions that are sent directly to your pharmacy. No longer must you wait in line at the pharmacy for a prescription to be filled, and no longer will there be the risk of the doctor’s handwriting being misinterpreted.

eFaxes: Our internal medicine doctors use electronic faxes, or eFaxes, to quickly transfer individual files. Unique computer software allows documents to be scanned and electronically transferred to other facilities or to patients.

Advances in paperless technology have enabled doctors and dentists to deliver faster, better care for their patients and for patients to be more actively involved in their own health. With the free flow of information and ease of access, patients can receive more efficient and accurate health care than by using handwritten documents.

About Dr. Kalpesh Patel, M.D.

Dr. Kalpesh Patel is a board-certified physician in Internal Medicine. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and went on to receive his M.D. degree from Ross University. After completing his Internal Medicine residency at West Suburban Hospital in Oak Park, Illinois, he decided to settle down in the West Suburbs. Visit Dr. Patel’s practice website at http://www.aimhealthcenter.com.

Let’s Lose Allergies

The cause of your sniffs and sneezes isn’t always related to microscopic body invaders. Advanced Integrative Medicine in Plainfield helps many people who suffer from allergies, which can masquerade as a cold or flu but require quite different treatments. So, how can you know what you have? Below is the low-down on four of the most common allergies so you can do battle properly.

Pollen

Sources: Flowers, shrubs and other plants

Symptoms: Sneezing, itchy eyes, watery eyes, runny nose and congestion

Common treatments: People who are allergic to pollen can often tell what season it is outside just by sniffing—and sneezing. Dr. Kalpesh Patel typically prescribes antihistamines, decongestants and other drugs that reduce swelling and thin mucus to make breathing easier. The doctor in Plainfield also recommends that patients limit their time outdoors, especially on windy days.

Animal dander

Sources: Most dogs and cats

Symptoms: Sneezing, itchy eyes, water eyes, runny nose and congestion

Common treatments: Similar to pollen allergy sufferers, those who are allergic to pet dander also experience respiratory distress. Therefore, the same treatments apply. It might also be necessary to stay away from dogs and cats, or if that is not possible, to regularly wash furniture, rugs and other areas where animal hair gathers.

Peanuts

Sources: Peanuts, peanut butter, cookies and other products made with peanuts

Symptoms: Swelling of the face, hives, asthma, diarrhea, vomiting and restriction of the airway.

Common treatments: The reactions of those who have a peanut allergy range from mild to deadly, so the doctor in Plainfield urges that those who suspect they could have such an allergy visit his office for a full evaluation. Depending upon the severity of the allergy, Dr. Patel might recommend refraining from peanuts and all peanut products. When exposed, taking antihistamines or steroids can reduce facial swelling. In life-threatening cases, an epinephrine injection might be necessary to reverse the allergic reaction.

Penicillin

Sources: Drugs used to treat a range of infections, including sinus infections and strep throat

Symptoms: Skin rash, hives, itchy eyes, congestion, lung restriction and swelling in the mouth and throat.

Common treatments: Upon meeting new patients, the internal medicine doctor in Plainfield asks whether they are allergic to any medicines, and “Penicillin” is a common answer. The severity of the allergic reaction can vary, and so can treatments. Our doctor in Plainfield typically recommends avoiding penicillin altogether, but sometimes exposure cannot be avoided. Swelling is treated with antihistamines or steroids, and drugs called “bronchodilators” can treat airway and lung restriction. During severe reactions, an epinephrine injection might be necessary.

Before starting any treatment plan, call Advanced Integrative Medicine in Plainfield for a full allergy test and personalized treatment regimen.

About Dr. Kalpesh Patel, M.D.

Dr. Kalpesh Patel is a board-certified physician in Internal Medicine. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and went on to receive his M.D. degree from Ross University. After completing his Internal Medicine residency at West Suburban Hospital in Oak Park, Illinois, he decided to settle down in the West Suburbs. Visit Dr. Patel’s practice website at http://www.aimhealthcenter.com.

Plainfield Doctor Shares Five Tips for Successful Diabetes Management

Dr. Kalpesh Patel, doctor in Plainfield, explains how patients can simplify their diabetes management plan.

Controlling diabetes may require some lifestyle adjustments, but remembering this key point can simplify any diabetes management plan: if you can control your blood glucose levels, you can control your diabetes. The following five tips by Dr. Kalpesh Patel, Plainfield doctor, are not only designed to help you keep your blood sugar levels in check, but also to improve your overall wellbeing.

1) Monitor your blood glucose levels.
Self-monitoring your blood glucose (sugar) levels is crucial to understanding your diabetes. It is important to know what your blood glucose levels are before a meal, after a meal, and after fasting. This will give you a better understanding of how you need to manage your diabetes.

An electronic meter is extremely accurate in reading blood glucose levels. Dr. Patel will help you decide how often you should monitor and what type of electronic meter would work best for you. It may be necessary for you to test once or several times a day depending on your specific needs. According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), blood glucose should be between 70 and 130 mg/dl before a meal and less than 180 mg/dl after a meal.

2) Maintain a healthy diet.
•   Eat on a schedule. Your blood glucose levels will stabilize if you eat at the same times every day. Your body will get used to the set schedule and maintain a more stable blood glucose level.
•   Eat a balanced diet. A diet rich in vegetables, fruit, lean meats, whole grains, and low-fat dairy can offer the most stability in your blood glucose levels. These foods nourish our bodies and give us a steady amount of energy. They will also prevent blood sugar spikes and drops. Additionally, a balanced diet will help you maintain a healthy weight, which is critical in managing your diabetes. According to the ADA, “A healthy meal plan for people with diabetes is generally the same as a healthy diet for anyone – low in fat (especially saturated and trans fat), moderate in salt and sugar, with meals based on whole grain foods, vegetables and fruit.”

3) Exercise regularly.
Your body uses glucose for energy during periods of physical activity. Daily exercise will improve the way your body reacts to insulin. In combination with a balanced diet, daily exercise can help keep your blood glucose levels down by using excess energy.

4) Maintain low blood pressure and cholesterol.
A healthy diet and daily exercise will contribute to healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Diabetics have an increased risk of developing high blood pressure that can lead to further complications such as heart attack, stroke, or other diseases.

•   Healthy blood pressure. The ADA recommends that blood pressure be under 130/80 mm Hg. Treatment and lifestyle changes, such as a healthy diet and exercise, can both contribute to healthy blood pressure.
•   Healthy cholesterol. A healthy diet and daily exercise can improve your cholesterol. The ADA recommends LDL, or “lousy” cholesterol, be under 100 mg/dl. HDL, healthy cholesterol, should be over 40 mg/dl for men and over 50 mg/dl for women. Cholesterol levels may be too high or too low if blood glucose levels are off, so if you keep your blood glucose levels under control, you have a better chance of keeping your cholesterol under control as well.

5) Maintain good oral hygiene. 
Gum disease is a common problem among those with diabetes. High blood glucose levels increase the risk of developing dental problems such as cavities and gum disease. Keeping blood glucose levels down will decrease these risks. For optimal oral hygiene, make sure to:

•   Brush teeth at least twice a day
•   Floss at least once a day
•   Schedule regular dental exams (every six months)

Being diagnosed with diabetes does not mean that you cannot be healthy. Diabetes can be managed by monitoring your blood glucose levels, maintaining a healthy diet, exercising regularly, maintaining healthy blood pressure and cholesterol, and maintaining good oral hygiene. For more information regarding diabetes management, please visit Dr. Patel’s complex disorder management web page: http://www.aimhealthcenter.com/complex_disorder_managemen…. You can also schedule an appointment with Dr. Patel by calling 815.577.6446.

About Dr. Kalpesh Patel:

Advanced Integrative Medicine was started by Dr. Kalpesh Patel as part of a joint medical and dental clinic with his wife, Dr. Shefali Patel (the dentist at Ivory Dental). Both doctors strongly believe that every patient deserves the best quality of medical and dental care that is available today. When designing their unique facility, both Doctors Patel went to great lengths to create an office that offers not only the latest technologies in the health industry, but also one that provides a relaxing spa-like environment for patients to experience health care in the most comfortable setting possible.

Dr. Kalpesh Patel is a board-certified physician in Internal Medicine. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and went on to receive his M.D. degree from Ross University. After completing his Internal Medicine residency at West Suburban Hospital in Oak Park, Illinois, he decided to settle down in the West Suburbs. Learn more about Dr. Patel by visiting http://www.aimhealthcenter.com.

Plainfield Doctor Reaches Out to Patients through Facebook and Twitter

Advanced Integrated Medicine in Plainfield updates patients on office events and medical advances with social media.

Dr. Kalpesh Patel, doctor in Plainfield, understands that the majority of Americans now receive information through the Internet, and increasing numbers of people are using social media to communicate. With these facts in mind, Advanced Integrated Medicine created Facebook and Twitter presences to more effectively transmit invaluable information to patients.

“Just like computer and Internet technology, internal medicine is a quickly evolving field,” said Dr. Patel. “Information develops at lightning speed, and Facebook and Twitter are the fastest, easiest ways to send invaluable updates to our patients.”

Online posts include a range of topics that cover dentistry and internal medicine in Plainfield:

  • Invitations for patient comments and feedback
  • Breaking news about the latest medical advances
  • Links to additional information

The social media pages are easily accessed at https://www.facebook.com/AIMofPlainfield and http://twitter.com/AIMHealthCenter. To follow posts, patients can search for “Advanced Integrative Medicine” and click “Like” on Facebook or “Follow” on Twitter. Dr. Patel, doctor in Plainfield, is eager to help expand their patients’ knowledge of topics that directly affect their health.

To learn more about Advanced Integrated Medicine and the facility’s belief in actively involving patients in their own care, visit www.aimhealthcenter.com.

About Dr. Kalpesh Patel, M.D.

Dr. Kalpesh Patel is a board-certified physician in Internal Medicine. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and went on to receive his M.D. degree from Ross University. After completing his Internal Medicine residency at West Suburban Hospital in Oak Park, Illinois, he decided to settle down in the West Suburbs.