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5 Tips on Managing Diabetes

Our brand new Internist, Dr. Denise Dvorquez, walks us through some tips on how to manage and best monitor diabetes. Scroll to learn more on planning out your wellness to help keep you at your best!

5 Tips on Managing Diabetes

Our brand new Internist, Dr. Denise Dvorquez, walks us through some tips on how to manage and best monitor diabetes. Scroll to learn more on planning out your wellness to help keep you at your best!

Managing Diabetes

Get 5 helpful tips from Internist, Dr. Denise Dvorquez

Tip #1) Maintain a Healthy Weight

Denise Dvorquez invites you into her clinic to calculate how much weight each individual has to lose in order to have a health weight. Dr. Dvorquez recommends using the BMI, or Body Mass Index system, to calculate a healthy weight based on an individual’s height and weight. Even if what you have to lose seems insurmountable, Dr. Dvorquez assures her patients that even 10lbs of weight loss can contribute to reducing medications and hitting A1C goals. Sometimes, being incredibly strict with diabetes control can be harmful for patients, so seeing your doctor and making a plan is very important.

Tip #2) Keep Track of Carbohydrate Intake

According to Dr. Dvorquez, portion control is the most pivotal part of maintaining a healthy carbohydrate intake. She also wants to educate her patients on what exactly is a carbohydrate. Carbs do take the form of unhealthy foods like cookies and cakes, but carbs are also in pasta and potatoes and rice, things that are often eaten without regard. Thankfully, Dr. Dvorquez does not say to cut out these things completely, but rather portion control them. Instead of eating a cup of rice, cut that portion in half to only ½ a cup. This gives you the enjoyment of eating what you love but cuts down on that blood sugar spike.

Tip #3) Eat Eat Whole Foods in Fiber

A primarily meat-based diet is one that is no longer recommended for those who have diabetes. Eating animal proteins is not as sustainable as eating plant proteins and animal proteins can often have a high concentration of saturated fat. A plant-based diet is one that is most recommended by Dr. Dvorquez. However, she understands that for some, this may not be a feasible way of living. Adapting your own diet but adding in more protein from plants, like lentils, soy and beans, is a great way to incorporate high fiber rich foods into your diet.

Tip #4) Incorporate Movement into Everyday Life

For the majority of the time, your body needs insulin to help get the sugar out of the blood stream and into the cells. However, there are certain times that your body does NOT need that insulin, and while you are exercising is one of those times. When you are exercising, your muscles use glucose for energy, essentially making exercising a medication for your diabetes. Dr. Dvorquez recommends swimming for exercise, as it has the lowest impact on the joints. If swimming is not your forte, walking around in your neighborhood is just as effective. Dr. Dvorquez encourages 30 minutes of exercise 5 times a day.

Tip #5) Visit Your Doctor Regularly

- Dr. Dvorquez likes to see her patients with diabetes more regularly to ensure that they’re meeting their health goals. If her patients with diabetes are meeting their goals, she is ok with only seeing them every 6 months. For newer patients who are adjusting to lifestyle changes or new medications, she does encourage clinic visits more often, to ensure that blood sugar levels are kept under control and there are no adverse side effects of medications.

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