Diabetes Prevention & Control
Washington, DC, Maryland & Northern Virginia
According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), around 29.1 million Americans have diabetes, almost 10% of the population. Of those that have diabetes, roughly 8.1 million are not diagnosed. Although Type 1 diabetes cannot be prevented – Type 2 diabetes can be, which means that it is important that you take preventative measures in order to avoid the development of Type 2 diabetes.
Dr. Robert S. Enelow is Washington DC’s trusted concierge internist offering diabetes prevention and control for Type 2 diabetes and diabetes control for Type 1 diabetes.
About Type 1 Diabetes
Usually diagnosed in children and young adults, Type 1 diabetes – formerly called juvenile diabetes – affects only five percent of diabetes patients. Unlike Type 2 diabetes, the body does not naturally produce insulin and is unable to break down sugars and starches you consume into glucose and is often hereditary.
Although Type 1 diabetes commonly develops during childhood or adolescence, it can appear at any age. Type 2 diabetes – which is the most common form of diabetes – is more common in individuals over the age of 40, although it can also develop at any age.
An Overview of Type 2 Diabetes
Diabetes affects how your body uses glucose – or blood sugar. Glucose is extremely important to good health since it is an essential source of energy for the cells that make up your tissues and muscles as well as the main source of fuel for your brain.
Symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes
Having Type 2 diabetes means that you have too much glucose in your blood – or “hyperglycemia.” This can result in a number of different symptoms, including:
- Blurred Vision
- Slow Healing Sores
- Weight Loss
- Frequent Infections
Diabetes Prevention & Control In Washington, DC
If you are overweight or your family has a history of diabetes, then you are more at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes and need to make a concerted effort at diabetes prevention.
Fortunately, you don’t have to go to great lengths to prevent diabetes. The most important method of prevention is to simply live a healthy lifestyle, which means maintaining your ideal weight (which depends on numerous factors, such as your height) as well as exercising regularly and eating a healthy diet.
The following are some of the diabetes prevention tips recommended by the American Diabetes Association:
Exercising on a regular basis (which means at least three times a week for a minimum of 20 minutes) will help you to not only lose weight but also to lower your blood sugar and to boost your sensitivity to insulin. In turn, this will help to keep your blood sugar within a normal range.
Don’t worry about diets meant to help you lose weight (unless losing weight is a focus) and focus more on just eating healthy. We recommend eliminating processed foods and sugars from your diet and eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.
Your diet should consist of plenty of fiber as it can help to improve your blood sugar control, promote weight loss by making you feel full and lower the risk of heart disease. Foods containing fiber include beans, fruits, nuts, seeds, vegetables, and whole grains.
If you are over your ideal weight, then losing weight is an important step. The closer you are to your ideal weight, the less at risk you’ll be at developing diabetes.
Diabetes Control In Washington, DC, Maryland & Northern Virginia
Diabetes control is the process of keeping your blood glucose level as close to normal as possible. In fact, it can save your life. Diabetes control helps slow the progress of many complications due to diabetes. Not only are symptoms reduced, but you can extend your lifespan by living a healthy, active life.
DIABETES CONTROL HELPS:
- Reduces the risk of diabetic eye disease by approximately 25 percent
- Reduces the risk of kidney disease by approximately 50 percent
- Reduces the risk of nerve disease by approximately 33 percent
DIABETES CONTROL INCLUDES:
- Sticking to your low carb diet
- Keeping a regular exercise schedule
- Taking your diabetes medication regularly and consistently
What to Expect from Dr. Enelow
- Contacting Dr. Enelow – Call Dr. Enelow at 202-728-9630 or email Dr. Enelow to schedule an appointment.
- Appointment – As one of the top Washington, DC internists, Dr. Enelow will meet with you to discuss and diagnose your medical needs. You’ll never feel rushed or unimportant, and Dr. Enelow takes great pride in providing every single patient the highest-quality of care possible.
- Payment – Dr. Enelow does not charge an annual retainer fee and does not accept insurance. The first comprehensive visit is approximately $800 – $1,100, depending on your visit and medical needs. Most 30-minute visits are $250 – $400.
- Filing Insurance Claims – Our office files all of your claims to your insurance company for reimbursement.
Schedule an Introductory Conversation Today
Unlike other concierge doctors in Washington, DC, Dr. Enelow never charges an annual retainer fee. Dr. Enelow does not accept insurance. Payment is due at time of service. His office will file the paperwork for possible reimbursement with your insurance company.
When you schedule an introductory conversation, you’ll never be rushed through an appointment, and Dr. Enelow is here to answer all of your questions.
For more advice concerning diabetes prevention and control in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia, schedule an introductory conversation with Dr. Enelow today.
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