Physical Health

The term “physical health” describes how your body is functioning. The breakdown of normal biological processes or bad lifestyle choices can both lead to physical sickness. Check out the many health services and treatments for physical ailments such as high blood pressure, diabetes, gout, allergies, exhaustion, insomnia, nutrition counseling, thyroid issue, weight loss (semaglutide, tirzepatide), sudden sickness, and preventative tests that Balance Psychiatric Services provides.

Balance Psychiatric Services’ Douglas Ludington is here to help you, whether you think you may have a medical problem, or you just want to take advantage of wellness programs to stay in good shape. Medical care for those above the age of 5 is available in the states of Oregon and Utah.


Diabetes is a chronic condition characterized by elevated levels of blood glucose, commonly referred to as blood sugar. The regulation of blood sugar is crucial for overall health, and it relies on the pancreas, an organ responsible for producing insulin. Insulin allows cells to absorb glucose and use it as an energy source. However, in individuals with diabetes, either the pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin (Type 1 diabetes) or the body becomes resistant to the effects of insulin (Type 2 diabetes), resulting in high blood sugar levels.

Managing Diabetes:

Effective management of diabetes is essential to prevent complications and maintain overall well-being. Treatment approaches may include a combination of medication, insulin injections, regular physical activity, and adopting a healthy lifestyle. By diligently managing blood sugar levels, individuals with diabetes can minimize the risk of long-term complications affecting the heart, nerves, eyes, and kidneys.

Recognizing the Symptoms:

While some individuals may experience noticeable symptoms, diabetes can also develop silently without apparent warning signs. It’s crucial to be aware of common symptoms associated with diabetes, such as:

  • Increased thirst: Feeling excessively thirsty and needing to drink more fluids than usual.
  • Increased urination: Frequent urination, especially during the night.
  • Fatigue: Persistent tiredness and lack of energy.
  • Blurred vision: Impaired or blurry vision that may occur due to changes in fluid levels within the eyes.
  • Numbness or tingling: Sensations of numbness or tingling, particularly in the feet or hands.
  • Slow-healing sores: Wounds or sores that take longer to heal than usual.
  • Unexplained weight loss: Sudden or unintentional weight loss without changes in diet or physical activity.

Annual Wellness Exams:

Regular health check-ups are crucial for early detection and management of diabetes. During annual wellness exams, your healthcare provider may conduct lab work, including blood tests, to screen for high blood sugar levels. These tests provide valuable insights into your overall health and help identify any underlying conditions, including diabetes.

Taking Control of Your Physical Health:

Balance Psychiatric Services is committed to supporting individuals with diabetes in their journey towards optimal health. Our team of healthcare professionals can provide comprehensive care, personalized treatment plans, and ongoing support to help you manage your diabetes effectively. By adopting a proactive approach and staying informed about your physical health, you can take control of your diabetes and lead a fulfilling life.

Take the first step towards better diabetes management by scheduling a consultation with our healthcare professionals today. Together, we can work towards a healthier future.

Diabetes Treatment Physical Health
Gout Physical Health


Gout is a form of inflammatory arthritis characterized by elevated levels of uric acid in the body. Uric acid is produced when the body breaks down certain chemicals found in the foods we consume. Under normal circumstances, uric acid is dissolved in the blood and eliminated through the kidneys. However, if uric acid levels become excessively high and cannot be adequately dissolved, it can lead to the formation of urate crystals. These crystals can accumulate in the joints, resulting in the painful symptoms associated with gout. Moreover, they can also settle in the kidneys, leading to the formation of kidney stones, another painful condition.

Managing Gout:

Effectively managing gout involves various approaches, including dietary modifications and, in some cases, medication. By making changes to your diet and lifestyle, you can help control uric acid levels and reduce the frequency and severity of gout flare-ups. Additionally, your healthcare provider may prescribe medications to alleviate symptoms and prevent future episodes of gout.

Foods to Limit:

To minimize the risk of high uric acid levels, it is important to moderate the consumption of certain foods known to contribute to gout. These include:

  • Seafood: Particularly salmon, shrimp, lobster, and sardines.
  • Red meat: Limiting the intake of beef, lamb, and pork.
  • Organ meats: Such as liver, which are high in purines.
  • High fructose corn syrup: Found in various processed foods and drinks.
  • Alcohol: Especially beer, including non-alcoholic beer.

Recognizing the Symptoms:

Gout often presents distinct symptoms that can occur suddenly and severely. Key signs and symptoms of gout include:

Sudden and intense joint pain: The pain is most likely to occur at night and is typically at its peak during the first 4-12 hours of an episode.

Commonly affected joints: While gout typically affects the big toe joint, other commonly involved joints include the ankles, knees, elbows, wrists, and fingers. Multiple joints may be affected during each flare-up.

Duration of discomfort: Lingering discomfort may persist for several days to a few weeks. With each episode, the duration of pain may lengthen.

Inflammation and redness: Affected joints may become swollen, inflamed, and exhibit redness.

Restricted joint mobility: Gout can limit the range of motion in affected joints.
Balance Psychiatric Services understands the challenges posed by gout and are here to support you in managing your condition effectively. Our healthcare professionals can provide comprehensive assessments, personalized treatment plans, and guidance to help you navigate the complexities of gout. By making informed choices and adopting a proactive approach to your health, you can experience relief from symptoms and improve your quality of life.

Take the first step towards managing gout by scheduling a consultation with our healthcare professionals today. Together, we can work towards alleviating your symptoms and promoting your overall well-being.


Hypertension, commonly known as high blood pressure, is a condition that, when left untreated, can have serious consequences throughout the body. Prolonged high blood pressure can lead to damage in vital organs such as the heart, brain, kidneys, and eyes. Complications associated with hypertension include heart disease, heart attack, and stroke. It is essential to monitor your blood pressure regularly and attend annual physical examinations to maintain your overall health and well-being.

Measuring Blood Pressure:

Blood pressure is measured using two numbers: systolic blood pressure and diastolic blood pressure. Systolic blood pressure represents the pressure in the arteries when the heart beats, while diastolic blood pressure reflects the pressure in the arteries when the heart is at rest between beats.

According to the American Heart Association’s 2017 guidelines, blood pressure is classified as follows:

Normal Blood Pressure: Less than 120/80

Elevated Blood Pressure: 120/80 to 129/80

High Blood Pressure: 130/81 or higher

Managing Hypertension:

Treatment for hypertension may not always require medication. Making positive lifestyle changes can help reduce blood pressure levels and bring them within a normal range. Some recommended lifestyle modifications include:

Engaging in regular physical activity: Aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise per week, equivalent to about 30 minutes a day, five days a week.

Avoiding smoking: Quitting smoking or avoiding tobacco use altogether can have a positive impact on blood pressure and overall health.

Adopting a healthy diet: Emphasize a balanced diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and low-fat dairy products. Limiting sodium (salt) and alcohol intake can also be beneficial.

Maintaining a healthy weight: Achieving and maintaining a healthy weight can significantly improve blood pressure levels and overall cardiovascular health.

Managing stress: Implementing stress management techniques, such as mindfulness exercises, relaxation techniques, or seeking support from a mental health professional, can help lower blood pressure.

Taking Control of Your Physical Health:

We at Balance Psychiatric Services are dedicated to helping individuals effectively manage their hypertension. Our healthcare professionals provide comprehensive evaluations, personalized treatment plans, and guidance tailored to your specific needs. By making informed decisions and adopting a proactive approach to your health, you can effectively control your blood pressure and reduce the risk of complications associated with hypertension.

Take the first step towards managing your blood pressure by scheduling a consultation with our healthcare professionals. Together, we can work towards achieving optimal blood pressure levels and promoting your overall well-being.


At Balance Psychiatric Services, we understand the impact allergies can have on your daily life. Allergies are a common condition that occurs when your immune system reacts to certain substances, such as pollen, pet dander, or certain foods. The symptoms can range from mild discomfort to severe reactions that can be life-threatening. Our team of experienced practioners specializes in diagnosing and treating allergies, providing personalized care tailored to your specific needs. We are committed to helping you find relief and improve your quality of life and overall physical health. Trust our expertise and compassionate approach to address your allergies effectively and efficiently.


We understand the debilitating effects of exhaustion. Exhaustion, also known as fatigue or burnout, is a state of extreme physical and mental tiredness. It can result from a variety of factors, including chronic stress, overwork, poor sleep, and underlying medical conditions. Our dedicated team of practitioners specializes in helping individuals recover from exhaustion and regain their vitality. Through a holistic approach, we provide comprehensive assessments, personalized treatment plans, and effective strategies to address the root causes of exhaustion. Whether you’re experiencing persistent fatigue, lack of motivation, or difficulty concentrating, we are here to guide you on your journey toward renewed energy and well-being. Trust Balance Psychiatric Services to provide the support and expertise needed to overcome exhaustion and embrace a healthier, more balanced life.


Insomnia is a common sleep disorder characterized by difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or experiencing non-restorative sleep. It can result from various factors, including stress, anxiety, medical conditions, lifestyle choices, or disruptions in sleep patterns. Our team of experts specializes in diagnosing and treating insomnia, providing personalized care to help you achieve restful and rejuvenating sleep. Through a comprehensive evaluation, our practitioners will identify the underlying causes of your insomnia and develop a tailored treatment plan. Our holistic approach may include cognitive-behavioral therapy, sleep hygiene techniques, relaxation strategies, and, if necessary, targeted medications. We are committed to helping you regain control of your sleep patterns and improve your quality of life. Trust the professionals to provide the expertise and support you need to overcome insomnia and achieve a more restful and revitalizing sleep.

Nutrition Counseling

At Balance Psychiatric Services, we recognize the vital role that nutrition plays in overall mental health and well-being. Our dedicated team of professionals offers nutrition counseling services to support individuals in achieving optimal mental and physical wellness. Through personalized assessments and evidence-based strategies, our experienced nutritionists collaborate with clients to develop tailored nutrition plans that address their unique needs and goals. Whether you’re seeking guidance on managing stress, improving mood, enhancing cognitive function, or maintaining a healthy weight, our experts provide comprehensive support and education. We believe in the power of nutrition to fuel both the body and mind, and we are committed to empowering individuals to make informed choices that promote long-term health. Partner with us to embark on a journey towards a balanced and nourished life.

Thyroid Issues

At Balance Psychiatric Services, we recognize the profound influence thyroid issues can exert on both physical and mental well-being. The thyroid gland plays a crucial role in regulating various bodily functions, including metabolism, energy levels, mood, and cognitive function. Imbalances in thyroid hormones can lead to conditions such as hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism, which can cause a range of symptoms, including fatigue, weight changes, mood swings, and difficulty concentrating. Our compassionate team of healthcare professionals is dedicated to providing comprehensive care for individuals with thyroid issues. We offer thorough evaluations, accurate diagnoses, and personalized treatment plans that integrate both psychiatric and endocrinological perspectives. By addressing the underlying thyroid dysfunction and its effects on mental health, we strive to restore balance and well-being. Trust us to provide expert guidance and support as we work together towards optimal thyroid health and improved overall quality of life.

Weight Loss

At Balance Psychiatric Services, we understand the multifaceted nature of weight loss and prioritize a holistic approach that encompasses both physical and mental well-being. Our compassionate team is knowledgeable about the latest advancements in weight management medications and can provide guidance on their appropriate use. Some of the medications we specialize in include:

  • Semaglutide: A medication that works by reducing appetite and promoting feelings of fullness, aiding in weight loss.
  • Tirzepatide: A novel medication that combines the effects of multiple hormones to regulate blood sugar levels and support weight loss.

We believe that a comprehensive treatment plan, which may include medication, nutritional counseling, and mental health support, is crucial to achieving sustainable and healthy weight loss. Trust us to provide the expertise and support you need on your weight loss journey

Sudden Illness

Sudden illness encompasses a broad spectrum of ailments that emerge abruptly, often accompanied by rapid-onset symptoms and a swift progression. Whether one is plagued by a sore throat, fever, body aches, general malaise, cough, nasal congestion, or migraines, our esteemed Family Nurse Practitioner, Douglas Ludington, is poised to provide assistance. Acute conditions demand swift intervention to alleviate suffering and initiate the healing process. With the ease of telehealth, you can initiate the healing process from the comfort of your own home. Treatment for acute illnesses is multifaceted, tailored to address the specific nature of each condition. In the case of infectious diseases, medications such as antibiotics, antivirals, or antifungals may be prescribed to target the underlying pathogens. Beyond pharmacological interventions and procedures, acute illness treatment may also encompass a holistic approach. Adequate rest, hydration, and nutrition play pivotal roles in supporting the body’s innate healing mechanisms. Trust our expert Family Nurse Practitioner, Douglas Ludington, to restore you to wellness by ensuring that the correct diagnosis is attained and the most appropriate treatments are employed.

Preventive Tests

Preventive tests play a crucial role in maintaining optimal health and well-being. These tests are designed to detect potential health issues before they become more serious or symptomatic. At Balance Psychiatric Services, we prioritize the importance of preventive care and offer a comprehensive range of tests to assess your overall health and identify any underlying conditions. From routine screenings such as blood pressure checks, cholesterol panels, and cancer screenings to specialized tests tailored to individual needs, our team of experienced healthcare professionals is dedicated to helping you stay ahead of potential health risks. Through early detection and intervention, we aim to empower you to make informed decisions about your health, leading to better outcomes and improved quality of life. Trust us to provide thorough and personalized preventive testing, ensuring that you are taking proactive steps towards maintaining your well-being.