5 Tips on Managing Diabetes | Winston Salem Family Care | Winston Salem NC

5 Tips to manage Type 2 Diabetes

America is under siege by an epidemic, its called Diabetes Type 2.  Take a look at these statistics as reported by the american diabetes association. 

  • 23.6 million Americans have diabetes
  • 57 million Americans are pre-diabetic
  • 1.6 million new cases of diabetes are reported each year
  • For those over age 60, almost 1 in 4 have diabetes
  • Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death
  • Diabetes increases heart attack risk and 68% of diabetes related death certificates report heart related problems
  • 75% of adults with diabetes will develop high blood pressure
  • Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness, kidney failure and nervous system disorders
  • Diabetes costs more than $174 billion annually

Keep in mind there is a difference between Type 1 and 2 Diabetes.  This article is specifically dealing with Type 2 and ways to help you manage it.  For many who have been diagnosed with Diabetes it comes as quit a shock.  A few pounds here and maybe a couple years of doctors asking them nicely to eat healthier.  Then one day out of no where they have this Diagnosis looming over them with no real idea of what to do.

Here are 5 tips for you or your loved one to help manage their Diabetes.  Things will have to change for them and some of those changes are going to entail an incredible amount of hard work.  however with the right plan and a whole bunch of support people everywhere can overcome Diabetes Type 2! 

  1. Get Insulin Under Control– Diabetes is triggered by insulin resistance and regaining proper insulin sensitivity will be key in your fight against Diabetes. Limit consumption of sugars, grains and processed carbohydrates and focus on healthy proteins, fats and green veggies.
  2. Exercise– Very few things are agreed upon in the medical and nutrition world, exercise is one of them! Exercise increases the muscles ability to use insulin and over time can help reduce insulin resistance. Specifically H.I.T type workouts are the best for Diabetic control.  High Intensity Training is a shorter term interval training method that ramps of the heart rate, builds muscle and helps with weight loss.  30-45 minutes a day of training can make a huge difference!
  3. Weight Loss– Obesity and Diabetes are often thought of in a  hand in hand manner, and while the debate still rages on if one causes the other, losing weight can help mitigate diabetes.
  4. Reduce Stress–  Stress raises cortisol and can lead to hormone imbalance, insulin issues and increases risk for certain types of disease. Work to reduce your sources of stress from lack of sleep, exposure to toxins, mental and emotional sources and poor diet. Studies show that getting quality sleep every night reduce stress levels.
  5. Supplement– Supplements can help your body heal from diabetes, especially while your body works to gain proper insulin reactions again. Supplements often associated with helping diabetes symptoms and improving the disease are cinnamon, omega-3 fatty acids, alpha lipoic acid, chromium, coenzyme Q10, garlic, and magnesium

Dr. Beard at Winston Salem Family Care is able and willing to help you manage your Diabetes in a healthy and safe manner.  If you have any questions call his office in Winston Salem.



3 Benefits of Going To a Family Doctor | Winston Salem Family Care

The Top Three Benefits of a Family Care Practice

People are always asking me what the biggest benefits are of going to a family care doctor instead of a more specialized practice.

Let's digest some of the differences between family practices and more specialized ones that focus solely on children or adults.

1- At a family care practice, the single biggest benefit is that the entire family can be seen by one doctor. This way you all have one point of contact for your healthcare needs.  

2-  The doctor who sees your entire family will be able to better prescribe medications keeping everyone in your home in mind.  He or she will understand if the children are sick, parents will need to take measures to stay healthy and be able to help.

3- Everyone in your family will become familiar and comfortable with the doctor when they see the parents being treated by him or her also.  Children tend to hold a large amount of pent up anxiety towards doctors and nurses mainly due to shots.   If they see and hear mom and dad talking positively about this doctor it will help relieve that stress.  

How Often Should I Go To The Doctor? | Winston Salem Family Care

How often should someone go to the doctor?

This is a question we get asked on a fairly regular basis. A visit to your doctor shouldn't be something that has to be planned out.  However there are certain things that need to be done regularly especially if you have health risks.  

1 - Yearly Check Up - You should have your doctor do a check up on you yearly.  If you have insurance, the cost is nominal and the benefit of having a doctor look at you is great.  Many diseases are caught early this way.

2 - Schedule Your Physical - Make sure you schedule your next physical as you complete your current one.  Going years without having an in depth physical by a doctor can be dangerous. Take a few moments and make sure you have one on the book.

3 - When Sickness Strikes - Feeling sick?  Call your doctors office and see if it's something you should come in for.  It never hurts to be on the safe side and we don't mind when a patient calls to ask us questions.

In conclusion, make sure you and your doctor talk about how often you need to be seen. Many diseases and chronic conditions require more time be spent in the office than what I recommended today.  Communicate your needs and concerns to make sure you are clear on your next appointment.  If you are looking for a doctor that cares, try Winston Salem Family Care!       

3 Tips For Healthy Weight Loss | Family Care Winston Salem

Healthy Weight Loss Can Be Simple

Often too much thought is given to the strategy of losing weight and not enough given to the dedication of carrying out those actions.  Weight loss is generally simple, but very rarely easy.  Below I have included 3 widely accepted tips for losing weight in a healthy fashion.  These are not part of "fad" diets or the latest and greatest tips to dropping 20 pounds of fat in 5 minutes.  Healthy weight loss is a process best undertaken slowly, with deliberate actions and long term benefits.

1- Watch Your Portions!  Controlling your portion size is a difficulty most Americans have.  Some because we are lucky enough to live in a society that generally doesn't have to scrimp and scrape for food.  Others because they have never been informed.  A simple trick we use is called the Palm Rule.  A serving of veggies will generally fill the palm of your hand.  This goes for the serving size of chicken and steak, that equals, on average 4-6 ounces. Try having 2-4 servings of veggies a meal, 1-2 servings of meat, and less than 1 serving of a starch or carb.  

2- Stay Away From Drinking Calories! Your body absorbs more from liquid than it does solids.  This is why Soda, Juices, Sweat Tea and Mixed Drinks have such a large impact on your weight.  It's also why drinking your vitamins is a good idea.

3- Add 30-45 minutes of Interval Training!  Adding workouts to your schedule 3-5 days a week will help burn fat, build muscle, increase metabolism, and so much more.  It's simple and an indispensable part of your weekly regimen to lose weight.  But don't worry, you don't have to spend hours in the gym every day.  As little as 30 minutes of interval training can bring great benefits.

Weight loss doesn't have to be a daunting task to plan out.  Keep your goals clear and your plan to reach them simple.  Focus your energy on staying consistent and power through the rough days.    

A Different Type of Family Doctor for Winston Salem

A Family Doctor That Cares

With health care taking up so much media time recently, much of it in a negative light, there is a prejudice forming in america about health care and the disposition of doctors.

Unfortunately some of this information being shared with the public is both true and false.  Therefor no one knows WHO to trust or WHAT to believe!  At Family Care of Winston Salem we cant speak for other doctors.  However we can make several things about us known to you.

1. At Winston Salem Family Care - We care about our patients

Yes, we honestly care!  We are not perfect nor do we claim to be.  However you can rest assured you are getting our very best every time you step into our Winston Salem office.

2. At Winston Salem Family Care - We take time with you

Many doctors only spend 5-8 minutes with their patients.  We take the time you need to get a proper diagnosis and treatment.  You are not just one number on a list of hundreds.

3. At Winston Salem Family Care - We get to know you

We strive to learn as much as we can about our patients.  Getting to know you on a more complete level will help us help you.  And with consistent office staff and care providers you can rest assured that you will get to know us as well.