Prediabetes and Prevention

Do you have prediabetes? Dr. Naghmeh Lilly Khavari of the Carrollton Foot Center encourages you to get updates on your health today. People who may be later diagnosed with type 2 diabetes most likely also had prediabetes. 


What’s one of the most important details to share with patients who receive this diagnosis? There’s still time to avoid diabetes. According to the American Diabetes Association, making lifestyle changes with diet and exercise can make an impact.


Are you ready to take control of your health? November is American Diabetes Month.


What is prediabetes?

Prediabetes is a diagnosis that patients receive when their blood sugar levels are higher than normal. Although the level doesn’t result in a diabetes diagnosis, the numbers are getting closer. Unfortunately, there aren’t symptoms with this condition, so that many people won’t know. It’s best to have a physical exam regularly and be aware of your family history. If you have family members with this diagnosis, regularly monitor your blood sugar levels.


What is the concern?

A doctor will alert you of your condition to help you prevent a type 2 diagnosis. Diabetes management can be very challenging, and the condition impacts various parts of the body, including your feet. Start now if you can make changes by switching up your diet and adding more physical activity to your day.  


Are there risk factors?

Patients with a family history are at risk. Also, if you are overweight, have high blood pressure, or smoke, the risk increases. Many patients can lower their likelihood of a type 2 diagnosis with lifestyle changes. Talk with your doctor about your family history to create a prevention plan. We’re here to help.


Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Naghmeh Lilly Khavari, is here to help. She treats various conditions such as bunionscornscallusesdiabetic foot conditionsingrown toenailsplantar fasciitis, and more. We also offer advanced surgical solutions. Our team provides excellent service to patients in Denton, Dallas, and Collins counties. Contact our office at (469) 998-3668 for your foot and ankle solutions. Our office is at 4221 Medical Parkway, STE 450, in Carrollton, TX.

Summer Tips for Patients with Diabetes

Are you ready to stay steps ahead of your diabetes this summer? Dr. Naghmeh Lilly Khavari of the Carrollton Foot Center is here to help. There are ways to have fun in the sun while reducing your risk for complications from this condition. When packing your bags or planning for a summer day out, here are some helpful tips to consider:

Don’t skip your daily foot checks

Sticking to healthy habits year-round is one way to stay ahead of complications from diabetes. Inspect your feet each day and keep your doctor in the loop about any changes you may see. If you’re on vacation, set a reminder for your daily checks, or ask a travel partner to help with accountability. From new cuts and scratches to returning pain, it’s wise to share symptoms with your care team.

Stick to the plan

Are you attending a picnic or a family reunion? Choose your foods wisely. Stick to the food plan that has been working best for your health. Continue to monitor your blood sugar levels while you’re at events, and be prepared to make adjustments. Remember, leftovers are just as delicious. Portion control is a helpful habit to practice.

Keep your summer appointment

Whether you book your appointment before your vacation or when you return, don’t skip your regular visits with your podiatrist this summer. For patients with diabetes, timing is critical. Infections are a concern and can have dangerous complications, including amputations. So don’t forget to check your feet daily and include your podiatrist in your summer schedule this year. 

Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Naghmeh Lilly Khavari, is here to help. She treats various conditions such as bunions, corns, calluses, diabetic foot conditions, ingrown toenails, plantar fasciitis, and more. We also offer advanced surgical solutions. Our team provides excellent service to patients in Denton, Dallas, and Collins counties. Contact our office at (469) 998-3668 for your foot and ankle solutions. Our office is at 4221 Medical Parkway, STE 450, in Carrollton, TX.

The Right Plate for You

Thanksgiving is almost here, and it’s time to make plans for your favorite dishes. If you have diabetes, think twice before skipping blood sugar checks or fueling your body with the wrong foods. November is American Diabetes Month, and Dr. Naghmeh Lilly Khavari of the Carrollton Foot Center wants to help you choose the right foods this season. Unhealthy blood sugar levels can be life-threatening for patients.

What is diabetes?

There are multiple forms, but Type 2  is most commonly diagnosed. If you have this form, your body is unable to use insulin properly. For many people, this means they will need insulin or medication to manage their blood sugar levels. For others, a diet or exercise change may help, too.

How can you monitor your blood sugar?

Understanding your blood sugar is a foundational step of diabetes management. If your blood sugar is too high or too low, you’re in danger of experiencing complications. We recommend keeping a log of your blood sugar levels and checking them regularly. These notes are helpful for visits with your doctor, and they help you understand which levels allow you to feel your best.

Which foods should you choose?

According to the American Diabetes Association, there are a few components of a healthy meal plan. Start here when planning your Thanksgiving menu:

  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Lean meats and plant-based sources of protein
  • Less added sugar
  • Less processed foods

When should you call the doctor?

We’re always here for you — even during the holidays. For patients with diabetes, podiatrists are a part of their care team—many complications impact feet and ankles. If you have a slow-healing wound, numbness, tingling, or other concerns, don’t hesitate to call. These could be signs of foot issues.

You’re not alone in your diabetes diagnosis. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Naghmeh Lilly Khavari, is here to support you and provide care for your feet and ankles. Call us at (469) 998-3668. Our office is at 4221 Medical Parkway, STE 450, in Carrollton, TX.

Diabetes Awareness Month

The month of November is Diabetes Awareness Month, and our team at the Carrollton Foot Center wants to kick it off right by talking about the top 3 myths of diabetes. As a prevalent disease, with two known types of diabetes that affect an accumulative 30 million people in the United States alone, diabetes is subject to speculation and rumors. Among all the different ideas that can spread due to misinformation and a lack of education, we’ve picked out the top 3 myths about diabetes that can make diagnosis especially difficult to process:

Diabetes Myth #1:

They put you on a boring diet once you’ve been diagnosed and you won’t enjoy food again. This is most definitely false! When you’re on a diabetic diet, you’re simply following similar (if not the same) guidelines from the FDA on how to nourish your body daily. We advise straying from foods marketed as diabetic dietary foods. These foods are often no different or better for you than other foods.

Diabetes Myth #2:

A high-protein diet is better for diabetic people than other diets. There are two falsehoods in this statement alone! A high-protein diet is not better for diabetic people, nor is any fad diet good for anyone to follow. The only diet you need is the one that is right for you and your body. High-protein diets have been linked to insulin resistance in diabetic patients, so stick to your balanced regimen!

Diabetes Myth #3:

Sugar and carbs are completely gone from your life once you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes. Again, absolutely false! Sugar and carbohydrate intake simply needs to be limited and planned for in advance. Whole-grain starches are best since they are higher in fiber and digest slowly, and sugar can typically still be enjoyed in small amounts.

When it comes to being diagnosed with diabetes, looking closely at what you eat can help you avoid podiatric issues that diabetic patients are at a higher risk of developing, especially when uncontrolled. These can include non-healing ulcers and nerve damage. Call us today at (469) 998-3667 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Lily Khavari in Carrollton, Texas.

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