SteadyMD Review: Jay Ashman

Below is a letter from a Real SteadyMD Patient. Read Jay’s SteadyMD story:

SteadyMD,

Where do I start by telling you how valuable this is to me. I will preface this with a disclaimer and say that Spencer (my doctor) is a personal friend. That friendship also doesn’t come with a promise of professional results.

A couple of years ago, I didn’t care about health insurance, doctor visits, or being proactive with anything health related. I considered myself invincible. I was lifting heavy, several years removed from a rugby career, and I always thought, “it won’t happen to me.”

Until it did.

An episode of Atrial Fibrillation turned into Congestive Heart Failure which turned into 6 days in ICU and 60 pounds of water ripped from my body with a heavy dose of diuretic. After that life threatening debacle, I was on seven different medications and it took an ablation to fix my A-Fib.

I was referred by a cardiologist to a PCP, and it took over 1 month to get into the office to see her. The visit was 10 minutes while the waiting room visit was 45 minutes.

This is the norm and it is just another day in the life of medical care in America, until I discovered SteadyMD. I saw Spencer discuss it, I signed up for the initial blast, and I have been with him ever since.

The obvious is obvious in that you don’t need to drive to a waiting room, take time off from work, blah blah blah… but if you are like me, hell even if you aren’t like me, I have a gym to run (owner of Kansas City Barbell – shameless self promotion heyyy) and just don’t have the desire to take time out of the #hustlegrindalldaywhatever life to go see a doctor. Plus I also have a pressing desire to never make the same mistake I made for so many years in not being proactive about my health.

So this service seals the deal for me.

Here is the trick, you actually have to use it. You can’t be that person to not let your doctor know about stuff. If you are sick, text him. If you feel like you need to see a doctor, text him. Your doctor can refer you to specialists, prescribe medication, order bloodwork, and the response time is quick. You don’t need to call your doctor’s receptionist, make an appointment, miss work, drive to the office, wait in the waiting room, read horrible magazines, see your doctor for a few minutes, and drive home.

This is quick, easy, effective, and it comes with the caveat that you have to take a proactive approach to your health and NOT reactive.

If you just go to the doctor when you are sick, you are missing out on what the value of SteadyMD truly is.

You pay of pocket for this service but you use your insurance for specialists, medication, bloodwork, and tests ordered.

Fast forward to today…

I am 40 pounds lighter, I am only on two medications, my doctor helps me manage my blood pressure and vitals remotely, when I need a refill it is taken care of quickly, and my cardiologist gave me the amazing, “I think you and your doctor have it from here”, about 5 months ago.

So yea, I trust SteadyMD, and Spencer is more than just a friend, he is invaluable.”

 

At SteadyMD, we believe that we can drastically improve healthcare in the U.S. in a way that is actually achievable today without massive healthcare reform. Our goal is to provide quality, affordable concierge care to millions. With SteadyMD, we partner you with a doctor who is  the perfect fit for you not just close to home. A doctor who shares your goals, passions, and interests. A doctor who understands your medical conditions and concerns.

Ready to kick your traditional doctor to the curb? Click here to sign up.

#SteadyMDSummerSkin Giveaway – Win A Pair of Warby Parker Sunglasses

Have you checked your skin for signs of skin cancer this year? Have you ever had a skin exam? Studies show that most americans don’t have regular exams. Here’s the scary part: 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer by the age of 70

The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends that all adults perform a skin exam once a year (and more often if you’ve had skin cancer before or are at high risk for it). July is the perfect time to soak up the sun, and the best reminder to protect your skin.  Plus, we’re giving away a pair of Warby Parker sunglasses! See contest details below.

But first: take ten minutes to perform your skin exam! Click here to learn how to perform a skin exam at home 

If any areas of the skin are concerning, contact your doctor immediately. SteadyMD patients can simply send a photo to their doctor in the app. Your SteadyMD doctor will evaluate the photo and escalate to a specialist if necessary.

 

Win A Pair of Warby Parker Sunglasses

This year, we’re making Skin Health fun. Join our Summer Skin Check movement & show us how you’re protecting your skin from the sun this summer and Enter to Win a Pair of Warby Parker sunglasses

HOW TO ENTER:
1. Like our Facebook and Instagram Page
2. Post a photo of yourself (or your friends/family) protecting your skin & use our hashtag #SteadyMDSummerSkin

Contest Ends June 16th – May the best photo win!

Here is Laura, our Director of Medical Operations, protecting her skin on vacation in Florida! Check out our page to see pictures of our doctors protecting their skin this Summer!

 

 

 

How to Perform a Skin Exam at Home

The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends that all adults perform a skin exam once a year (and more often if you’ve had skin cancer before or are at high risk for it). Summer is the perfect time to soak up the sun, and the best reminder to protect your skin. This is your friendly reminder to check your skin this week – it’s quick and easy and could save your life!

The Skin Exam: What to look for

Perform your skin exam in front of a full-length mirror in a well-lit room. Use a hand held mirror to look at areas that are hard to see, such as the back of the thighs. You could also have a significant other, family member, or close friend look at the hard to see areas. Carefully go over all your skin and note any freckles and/or skin blemishes/lesions.

The ABCDE’s of Skin Cancer

A – Asymmetry. One half doesn’t match the appearance of the other half.

B – Border irregularity. The edges are ragged, notched, or blurred.

C – Coolor. The color (pigmentation) is not uniform. Shades of tan, brown, and black are present. Dashes of red, white, and blue add to a mottled appearance.

D – Diameter. The size of the mole is greater than 1/4 inch (6 mm), about the size of a pencil eraser. Any growth of a mole should be evaluated.

E – Evolution. There is a change in the size, shape, symptoms (such as itching or tenderness), surface (especially bleeding), or color of a mole.

If any areas of the skin are concerning, contact your doctor immediately. SteadyMD patients can simply send a photo to their doctor in the app. Your SteadyMD doctor will evaluate the photo and escalate to a specialist if necessary.

The Online Lifestyle Doctor Service – Anna’s SteadyMD Review

“I am carless, in a new city, with precious little free time during the week, and I spent all of yesterday in the L.A. airport because of a delayed flight that landed me in bed at 3 a.m. So a morning doctor’s appointment that requires only a private room, an internet connection, and my laptop is pretty much the only doctor’s appointment I can handle.

After breaking the ice with a few comments about the weather in our respective locations (he’s in D.C.; I’m in St. Louis), we get down to business. He asks me about allergies, family medical history, past surgeries, height, weight, and lifestyle.

Then, we move on to my current concerns. I’ve just relocated from New York City, where I spent much of my time working from my hoarder’s paradise apartment—literally, the women who rented the apartment out to me stored piles of their old items there—so I’m unsure of whether I have chronic sinusitis, allergies, or my body’s just been slowly poisoned over the past four years.”

Click here to see SteadyMD patient, Anna, share her experience with  Dr. Spencer Nadolsky in Healthyway.

5 Simple Ways to Help Reverse Type 2 Diabetes – Advice from a Real Doctor

 

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Changing your diet to lower your blood sugar naturally doesn’t have to mean depriving yourself of your favorite foods or cutting out all of your carbs. We asked SteadyMD Dr. Spencer Nadolsky for 5 simple ways to lower or control your blood sugar naturally. Here’s what he said:

  1. Replace half of your starch with non-starchy vegetables.

    For most patients with blood sugar issues, there is no need to completely cut out starch. Sure, you COULD cut it all out, but you don’t have to. An easy way to still enjoy it in your diet is taking the current portions you have and cutting them in half—replacing the other half with non-starchy vegetables. This way you still enjoy your favorite starch, while staying fuller longer, and getting more nutrients.

  2. Replace a meal with a protein shake. 

    One of the most powerful strategies for blood sugar control and losing weight is replacing a full meal with a protein shake. This works because you are automatically lowering calories and carbohydrates, without even thinking about it. The guesswork is gone and your hunger is still under control.Shoot for about 30-50 grams of protein in a shake, which is about 1-2 scoops depending on the brand. I use whey protein, but you can use most any type of protein shake, if it doesn’t include extra sugar.

  3. Work in intentional fasting days.

    Instead of trying to lower your calories and carbohydrates every single day, you can have days where you are intentionally more aggressive than others. The idea is similar to the concept of “Alternate Day Fasting.” But instead of having to fast every other day, you pick one or two days a week (or even three if needed) where you know you will be fine with lowering your calories.

  4. Replace a snack with a walk.

    I have found most patients snack because they were told eating more often leads to better fat loss and blood sugar control. This is not true at all. All it does it increases your energy intake, slows down your fat burning, and worsens your blood sugar control. Instead of reaching for those peanut butter crackers or granola bars, go for a walk. It will lower your blood sugar naturally, boost up your fat burning, and help with stress.The only exception to this is if someone is truly hungry at that moment and needs a bridge to their next meal. In these cases, a strategic apple or 1/4 cup of raw almonds will do the trick.

  5. Try a meal template, not a meal plan.

    Many of my patients who are trying to lower blood sugar naturally, struggle with portion control and knowing what to eat in each meal. Replacing meals with a protein shake is great, but most people like to still eat whole food meals. You can follow a strict meal plan, but that doesn’t work in the long run because people like variety and having options. This is where meal templates come in.

    The basic idea is having a similar portion of each type of foods at each meal. Don’t worry, this doesn’t involve tediously weighing your food. For protein, you want to eat a portion that’s about the size of your palm—including lean protein like fish, lean beef, poultry, etc. Once you have your protein, add two fist-sized portions of non-starchy vegetables. Then, add an optional thumb-sized portion of a healthy fat like olive oil and if need be, and an optional fist-sized portion of your go-to cooked starch (sweet potatoes, brown rice, quinoa, etc.).

If you’re able to put these five tips together, your ability to lower your blood sugar naturally while burning maximum fat will happen. Many of my patients get off their blood sugar medicines using the hacks above.

Want more advice on nutrition, exercise and more on reversing type 2 diabetes? You can partner with doctor spencer for $99 per month – No co-pays or surprise fees. Call, text and video chat any time with a primary care doctor who has expertise in diabetes reversal.

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