Diabetes Q & A

Almost 11% of adults in North Carolina have diabetes. Leslie Ware, PA-C, and her team at Alpha Health & Wellness, DPC, in Charlotte, North Carolina, focus on helping you make lifestyle changes to manage your diabetes, improve your overall health, and reduce your need for medication. For compassionate, comprehensive care, call the office today or schedule an appointment using the online booking tool.

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What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a  health condition that causes your blood sugar levels to be higher than normal. The sugar (glucose) in your blood comes from sugars and starches you eat and drink called carbohydrates. It is one of two main sources of energy for your body. Fat is the other. Insulin, a hormone made in your pancreas, helps get the sugar from your blood into your cells.

If you have diabetes, either you don’t make enough insulin, referred to as Type 1 diabetes, or your body isn’t properly using the insulin you do make, referred to as Type 2 diabetes. Some women also develop diabetes during their pregnancy, which is referred to as gestational diabetes.

 

How do I know if I have diabetes?

PA Ware and her team at Alpha Health & Wellness, DPC, can determine if you have diabetes from blood tests. There are several tests she can offer to diagnose or assess risk including:

  • Glycated hemoglobin test (A1C)
  • The A1C test is a blood test that averages blood sugar level over a two to three month period. An A1C level of 6.5 or higher on two separate occasions indicates diabetes.
  • Fasting insulin test
  • This is a special test to tell if you are becoming diabetic, often before the A1C changes.
  • Random blood glucose test
  • A random blood glucose test measures blood sugar level at a random time. If your blood sugar is 200 mg/dL or greater, you may have diabetes.
  • Fasting blood glucose test

A fasting blood glucose test checks your blood sugar levels after an overnight fast. If your blood sugar is 100 mg/dL or higher on two separate tests, you have diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes, which is more common, doesn’t usually develop without a diet high in starch, sugar and sweets, processed food, and with excess body weight. Making your health a priority by getting your annual physical at Alpha Health & Wellness, DPC, and following the recommended lifestyle changes before they affect your health may help prevent you from developing diabetes.

 

How can I manage my diabetes?

PA Ware and her team at Alpha Health & Wellness, DPC, help you gain control over your diabetes through lifestyle changes, including a personalized diet and exercise plan.

When you join the medical membership program, you not only get a comprehensive treatment plan that focuses on helping you make lifestyle choices, but you also get support and ongoing feedback to help you stay focused.

Alpha Health & Wellness, DPC, takes a holistic approach to the management and reversal of “chronic” conditions like diabetes. The goal of treatment isn’t just to manage your disease but rather to improve your overall health and heal your body. To learn more about how to prevent or regulate high blood sugar, call Alpha Health & Wellness, DPC, today or leave a message here to request a free consultation.