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Internal Medicine

Internal Medicine specialists are trained in caring for a broad range of patients. Internists are considered Primary Care Physicians (PCP) because they are the doctors that do annual physicals or check-ups, that screen for and detect disease in its earliest forms, and that help coordinate the need for and treatment by other medical specialists.

Patient Care for Life

In today's complex medical environment, Dr. Sweeney takes great pride in caring for her patients for life. Her goal is to get to know each patient as an individual, and to understand their specific needs. Dr. Sweeney will coordinate with other medical specialists, such as surgeons or obstetricians, that may be advised or involved in a patient's health care. Dr. Sweeney also manages her patients' care and any difficult medical problems associated with that care.

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As insurance companies continue to pay medical professionals less and less, many doctors are forced to see as many as five to six patients an hour. In my experience, this results in unsatisfied patients and overworked, exhausted doctors. Doctor Sweeney does not want to practice Medicine in an assembly line atmosphere.

Dr. Sweeney’s goal is to keep people healthy and help to improve the health and quality of life of those patients that are ill. Above all, she wants to serve the best interest of her patients. Unfortunately, insureance companies do not value these goals. They seem to favor quantity over quality. Their bottom line is financial rather than what is best for the patient.

Dr. Sweeney is committed to devoting her full attention to and spending the appropriate amount of time with each of her patients. She wants to provide the best, most up-to-date, personalized medical care and to establish comprehensive preventative healthcare plans for the patients.

It is Dr. Sweeney’s hope that you will value the extra time, attention, and personalized healthcare she is able to provide enough to warrant the slightly higher personal expense.

Although Dr. Sweeney is not contracted with most insurance companies*, the office will still bill them as a courtesy to you, our valued patient.

*Currently contracted with Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital Employee Health Benefits.

5 Benefits of a Healthy lifestyle
Controls Weight

Eating right and exercising regularly can help you avoid excess weight gain and maintain a healthy weight. According to the Mayo Clinic, you can obtain benefits of exercise by being active in simple ways throughout the day. For example, walk instead of driving vehicle or take the stairs instead of the elevator.

Eating a low-fat diet can also help control weight. When you start the day with a healthy breakfast, you help avoid hunger spasms that could send you running to the fast food before lunch, says the American Dietetic Association (ADA). The ADA also recommends incorporating at least five times per day of fruits and vegetables–which are low in calories and high in nutrients–in to your diet to help with weight control.

Improves Mood

Doing right by your body pays off for your mind as well. The Mayo Clinic notes that physical activity stimulates brain chemicals that often leave you feeling both happier and more relaxed. Eating a healthy diet as well as exercising can lead to a better physique, so you may also feel better about your appearance, which can boost your confidence and self-esteem. The American Council on Exercise reports that the short-term results of exercise include decreased stress and ability to think better.

It’s not just diet and exercise that lead to improved mood. According to a study published in the American Journal of Health Behaviour, another healthy habit that leads to better mental health is making social connections. Whether it’s volunteering, joining a club, or attending a movie, communal activities help improve mood and mental functioning by keeping the mind active and serotonin levels balanced, says the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Combats Diseases

We’ve all experienced the energy drop that comes from eating foods high in sugar and saturated fats. When you eat a balanced diet including whole grains, lean meats, low-fat dairy products, and fruits and vegetables, your body has the fuel that it needs to manage your energy level.

Regular physical exercise also improves muscle strength and boosts endurance, giving you more energy, says the Mayo Clinic. Exercise helps deliver oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and gets your cardiovascular system working more efficiently so that you have more energy to go about your daily activities. It also helps boost energy by promoting better sleep–helping you fall asleep faster and deepening your sleep.

Boosts Energy

We’ve all experienced the energy drop that comes from eating foods high in sugar and saturated fats. When you eat a balanced diet including whole grains, lean meats, low-fat dairy products, and fruits and vegetables, your body has the fuel that it needs to manage your energy level.

Regular physical exercise also improves muscle strength and boosts endurance, giving you more energy, says the Mayo Clinic. Exercise helps deliver oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and gets your cardiovascular system working more efficiently so that you have more energy to go about your daily activities. It also helps boost energy by promoting better sleep–helping you fall asleep faster and deepening your sleep.

Improves Longevity

When you practice healthy habits, you boost your chances of a longer life. The American Council on Exercise reported on an eight-year study of 13,000 people. The study showed that those who walked just 30 minutes each day significantly reduced their chances of dying prematurely, compared with those who exercised infrequently. Looking forward to more time with loved ones is reason enough to keep walking.

how many calories do you eat a day?

How do you compare to these stats?

3300

Average Male Caloric Intake

2600

Suggested Caloric Intake

2600

Average Female Caloric Intake

2000

Suggested Caloric Intake

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