We know it’s hard to schedule doctor appointments during the week with our busy schedules. But we also want patients to stay focused on their health and keep their diabetes care scheduled regularly. After receiving requests for appointment availability on Saturdays, we’re now able to see patients at our Katy location on Saturdays starting April 11, 2015. You asked and we listened!
Patients can schedule Saturday appointments to:
- See our diabetes specialist physician for an initial or follow up appointment.
- Draw labs that may be needed.
- Schedule a session with our diabetes educator.
- Start the Diet IQ physician-managed weight loss program.
- Schedule a Diet IQ weekly follow up appointment with the doctor or educator.
If you’d like to schedule an appointment at the Katy location please call 713-840-5150 or schedule an appointment online.
Saturday appointment availability is being piloted at the Katy location. If well-received, Saturday appointments may be added to the schedule at other Diabetes America locations in the Houston, Dallas and San Antonio areas in the future.
This weekend we spring forward with Daylight Savings Time. It is important for people with diabetes to integrate the time change into their diabetes management. Please remember to change the time on your pumps and glucose meters on Sunday as most do not automatically update on their own. It is also a good idea to closely monitor your blood glucose levels to detect any highs or lows that may be due to the change in time of meals and medications. Have a healthy weekend!
Heart disease kills an estimated 630,000 Americans each year and is the leading cause of death for both men and women. To prevent heart disease and increase awareness of its effects, DiabetesAmerica is proudly participating in American Heart Month.
In the United States, the most common type of heart disease is coronary artery disease (CAD), which can lead to a heart attack. You can greatly reduce your risk for CAD through lifestyle changes and, in some cases, medication.
Do you know your risk of having a heart attack? Use this risk assessment tool to learn more.
For more information on heart disease and prevention, please visit the American Heart Association’s website.
*Infographic Courtesy of the National Diabetes Education Program*
This February take charge of your diabetes by loving your heart. National Heart Month is a great reminder that it is good to be good to ourselves. Decrease your risk of heart disease by knowing the ABC’s of diabetes.
A: Have your A1C checked with every 3 month appointment. What is A1C? It is your average blood glucose level over the past 3 months. Your A1C can paint a picture of where your blood glucose has been and if changes to your diabetes medicine(s), physical activity, and/or diet should be considered.
B: Your blood pressure goal should be 130/80 or less to decrease your risk of diabetic complications such as kidney disease that can be associated with diabetes. For this reason, your blood pressure is monitored at the center with every visit.
C: Can you guess what “C” stands for? If you guessed cholesterol, great job! Cholesterol can be greatly influenced by our diet. Improve your cholesterol by limiting saturated and trans fats commonly found in regular cheese, whole milk, and baked goods. Foods with less saturated and trans fat can be much better choices including low-fat or fat-free dairy, lean meat and planted based foods such like nuts, fruits, and vegetables. Substitute heart healthy plant based fats for saturated and trans fat to help lower your cholesterol.
Knowing your numbers- A1C, blood pressure, and cholesterol related labs- is a big step in taking control of your diabetes and loving your heart. To ensure that your ABC’s are in target, visit your doctor regularly and speak with your diabetes educator for support in your heart healthy lifestyle.
*From Suite D: http://suited.myomnipod.com, Comic by Haidee Merritt*
- Cooking spray
- 1 green or red bell pepper, chopped
- 1 8 oz package presliced mushrooms
- 4 frozen vegetable protein sausage patties, thawed and crumbled
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 1 c egg substitute
- 1/4 c fat-free half-and-half
- 1/2 c shredded reduced-fat sharp cheddar
- Preheat broiler.
- Place a 12-inch ovenproof nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add chopped pepper and mushrooms; sauté 3 minutes. Add sausage, salt, and pepper; reduce heat to medium-low, and cook 1 minute.
- Combine egg substitute and half-and-half; carefully pour over sausage mixture. Cover and cook 6 minutes. (Frittata will be slightly moist on top.) Sprinkle with cheese.
- Broil 1 to 2 minutes or until cheese melts. Cut into 8 wedges.
Nutritional Information per Serving:
(One Serving = 2 Wedges)
- Calories: 184
- Total Fat: 5.9g
- Protein: 21g
- Total Carbohydrates: 10.4g
- Fiber: 3.2g
- Cholesterol: 11mg
- Sodium: 588mg
*Recipe from Health Magazine: http://www.health.com*