Shawnee D. Weir, MD
- internal medicine
Location and Office HoursRaleigh Endocrine Associates
2709 Blue Ridge Rd Ste 320
Raleigh, NC 27607
- BlueCross BlueShield
- BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina
- Coventry Health Care
- Great-West Healthcare Cigna
- United Healthcare
- Duke Raleigh Hospital
- WakeMed Raleigh Campus
What should I do if my blood tests show pre-diabetes or diabetes?
Emilia Klapp, Nutrition & Dietetics, answeredFirst, don’t panic. Your doctor probably will give you six months to work on it. At that point, if your test results have not improved, he or she will prescribe oral diabetes medication. However, you can reverse the condition before then by starting an exercise program, eating healthy, and losing weight if necessary. Exercise is the best thing to reverse insulin resistance, even just walking at a brisk pace for five days a week. If you need help with healthy eating, ask your doctor for suggestions, talk to a dietician, or attend some nutrition classes. There also are several articles on the Internet with good advice about diet and exercise.Helpful? 2 people found this helpful.
How can I help prevent early aging from diabetes?
Michael Roizen, MD, Internal Medicine, answeredDiabetic patients who take charge of their condition -- vigilantly keeping their blood pressure low, doing all three forms of physical activity (stretching, strength-building exercise, and stamina-building exercise), flossing their teeth, and keeping their blood sugar levels within normal ranges (by working with their physicians) to find a regimen of pills and diet -- experience very little premature aging. Even patients who do only some of these things -- for example, losing excess weight, walking just thirty minutes a day, and lifting weights ten minutes every other day -- also benefit.
Eating a balanced diet is important, too. That means decreasing simple sugars and increasing fish, fruit, vegetables, nuts, and whole grain intake. In addition, make sure you have some nuts or healthy fat about eight minutes before eating. Seventy calories of healthy fat (six walnuts, twelve almonds, twenty peanuts, or half a tablespoon of olive oil) is all you need to slow the emptying of your stomach so your blood sugar doesn't go sky high after fruit. Making these lifestyle changes can cause diabetics to reverse the aging effects of the disease altogether, suffering no more aging than their disease-free peers. Think of it this way: The diabetic's body can no longer create the conditions it needs for healthy existence all on its own. However, it is possible for the diabetic to make choices that create an environment inside the body that keeps him or her in an equally healthy state.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.
Do hormones make me fat?
Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answered
In our battle to reduce our waistlines, we have several fearsome adversaries. And one of the greatest foes we will meet on the battlefield is our hormones. Sure, we all know that raging hormones can make a teenaged boy become sex obsessed or give a menopausal woman hot flashes so bad she feels like she's in Death Valley in August. But you may not know that your hormones have a lot to do with whether or not you're going to look good in a bathing suit.
Before you hit yourself over the head with a stick of salami for lacking the willpower to resist aforementioned salami, or if you can't figure out why you eat less than all your friends but still gain weight, consider that your hormones may be influencing your body more than you think. Glands, which make up your endocrine system and produce your hormones, influence metabolic rates in ways that can make you more nervous than a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs. And they are responsible for the genetic conditions that could be influencing your weight.
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