Metabolic Health

Controlling Glucose Levels

Monday, 01 Oct 2018

Diabetes is a condition that affects how your body uses glucose (also known as blood sugar). Essential for good health, glucose provides energy for every cell in your body. There are two types of diabetes:

Type 1 diabetes means that your body does not produce insulin the insulin needed to control blood sugar; it is most often diagnosed in children and young adults.

Type 2 diabetes results when your body does not use insulin properly.

Julia Ward, MD, is an expert in holistic medicine in Sugar Land, and she helps patients develop eating plans that are filled with key nutrients designed to help control glucose levels. Patients who have a condition known as prediabetes can prevent their condition from escalating by focusing on food and fitness. Patients with diabetes can keep their disease in check by maintaining a healthy diet and fitness plan designed just for them – and designed to keep those glucose levels in check.

Controlling Glucose Levels
While many with diabetes must take medications to help control their condition, a beneficial diet is essential too. High blood sugar levels can damage blood vessels and affect the kidneys, eyes, and other parts of the body. By getting the right nutrition and minimizing foods that cause a spike in your blood sugar, you can protect your health.

Do you know the symptoms of diabetes? Watch for these common signs:

  • Constant hunger, even when you’re eating
  • Severe fatigue
  • Blurry vision
  • Feeling very thirsty
  • Urinating often
  • Numbness in the hands or feet

If you exhibit any of these symptoms of diabetes, consider consulting with Dr. Ward. She will order tests to confirm a diagnosis, and then will provide holistic treatments that consider every aspect of your health and well-being.

Call our medical office in Sugar Land at (281) 710-3380 — or request an appointment — and start feeling better today!

Diabetes, Lifestyle Changes, and You

Monday, 23 Jul 2018

Diabetes has become increasingly common in the United States today. You probably know someone (or it may even be you) who has been diagnosed with it.

What exactly is this disease and why is it so rampant? There are two types of diabetes, and for many, lifestyle changes can make a significant difference when it comes to getting this disease under control. At Balanced Body Image, a metabolic health practice in Sugar Land, Dr. Julia Ward helps her patients understand their bodies, symptoms, and overall health — and the lifestyle changes that may help improve it.

First, let’s dive in and learn more about diabetes.

The two types of diabetes
You may have heard about “Type 1″ and “Type 2” diabetes. What’s the difference?

With Type 1 diabetes, your body doesn’t make insulin, which is the hormone that helps glucose move from your bloodstream to the cells that power your body. Only 5 percent of people with diabetes have Type 1. If you are within that number, your doctor may prescribe insulin therapy.

Type 2 diabetes occurs when your body makes insulin but doesn’t use it properly. You become resistant to the insulin that is available. The pancreas tries to pump out more insulin to accommodate the problem, but over time, it simply can’t make enough.

Regain control with lifestyle changes
No matter which type of diabetes you have, lifestyle changes may help you keep your blood sugar closer to target levels. As a holistic medicine physician, Dr. Ward not only practices evidence based medicine, but she also seeks natural ways to help her patients return to health.

For example, she counsels her patients to make changes in what they eat and how they exercise. Swapping refined sugars (such as white bread and soda) for complex carbs (like vegetables and whole grains) and pairing them with protein will release the glucose into the bloodstream more slowly. Smaller, more frequent meals often help to keep blood sugar levels constant, as well.

Exercise helps with diabetes because it increases insulin sensitivity; that means your cells are able to absorb and use glucose more easily. You don’t have to be a weight lifter; even just 30 minutes each day of light to moderate exercise (such as walking or biking) will help.

Supplementing everyday care
Dr. Ward works with her patients from day one to develop a nutrition and exercise regimen that fits specific diabetes requirements. Would you like to learn more about diabetes? Contact Balanced Body Image in Sugar Land at (281) 710-3380 or click here to request an appointment.