FAQ

How can I prevent myself from chronic conditions as I age?

  • As a person ages the risk of getting chronic conditions rises from 20% in your 40's to 30% in your 50's to 45% in  your 60's and beyond.  Making lifestyle choices to lower your risks are as follows: Exercise, eat a balanced diet, portion sizes, schedule regular healthcare appointments, maintain a healthy weight, do not smoke, and drink in moderation.

Would losing weight help me with Metabolic Syndrome?

  • A weight loss of 5-10% and reducing our waist size can give you more energy and has shown to significantly influence insulin sensitivity. 

What kind of diet do you recommend?

  • I have found the Mediterranean diet to be very effective.  It has all the benefits of the following:

    • Reducing insulin resistance

    • Reducing inflammation

    • Weight loss 

    • Preventing the progression to Type 2 Diabetes and Cardio Vascular Disease.

  • In addition, the Mediterranean diet has a large selection that pleases everyone.  I am always ready to customize your meal plan based on your food preferences and other conditions you may have. 

How do I know if I have Metabolic Syndrome?

  • Most of the Metabolic Syndrome risk factors do not have any symptoms.  You usually can't feel high blood pressure, high blood sugar or high cholesterol.  Often, the outward sign is increased fat in the abdominal area.

Do you accept insurance?

  • Given the administration requirements of managing health insurance payments, I am not in network with any insurance providers.   To be certain you will be able to receive reimbursement for services, you will need to contact your insurance company directly. A Superbill can be provided upon request.

What can I expect from my initial appointment?

  • We will review your health history and any specific health needs or challenges that you may have with food, diet, medications, habits, activity and exercise.  I will review your food log from previous 3 days (including 2 weekdays and 1 weekend day).  If you have provided labs, we will review them and discuss any implication on your diet and health.  We will discuss your lifestyle and set goals for what you would like to accomplish.  Then we will strategize about how to get there.  Before we finish we will set some goals until our next session.

What should I bring to my first appointment?

  • On my website there are several forms to be completed ahead of time to start gathering information about you.  I ask that you return those forms to me at least a day ahead of your appointment so I can be prepared as possible when we meet.  If you have lab work that was completed within the previous 2-3 months, please provide those as well.

What type of payment methods do you accept?

  • I accept Venmo, cash, checks, and credit card.