Diabetes

Grassroots Healthcare

Primary Care located in Tulsa, OK

More than 400,000 people in Oklahoma have diabetes and more than 1 million have prediabetes. Dr. Melita Tate at Grassroots Healthcare in Tulsa, Oklahoma, teaches you how to manage your diabetes naturally to reduce your need for medication. She also offers treatments to prevent your prediabetes from turning into diabetes. Grassroots Healthcare doesn’t take health insurance, but offers a direct care program for a monthly fee, as well as visit-based care. Call today or schedule an appointment using the online booking button.

Diabetes Q & A

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic disease that causes an abnormal rise in blood sugar. The sugar in your blood comes from the food you eat and provides your body with the energy it needs to run. Insulin is a hormone made in your pancreas that helps get the sugar from your blood to your cells to supply the needed energy.

If you have diabetes, either your body isn’t making enough insulin or the insulin you’re making isn’t working as it should.

The types of diabetes include:

  • Type 1 diabetes: your body doesn’t make insulin
  • Type 2 diabetes: your body is resistant to the insulin you make
  • Gestational diabetes: diabetes that occurs during pregnancy

Type 2 diabetes is more prevalent than Type 1, and you may be at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes if you’re overweight or have a family history of the disease.

What is prediabetes?

Prediabetes is a medical term that indicates that your blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough to warrant a diabetes diagnosis. Making changes to your lifestyle may prevent your prediabetes from turning into diabetes.

Lifestyle changes may include:

  • Healthy diet
  • Regular exercise
  • Weight loss
  • Stress management

Dr. Tate can help you with these changes to reduce your risk and improve your overall health.

What are the symptoms of diabetes?

Symptoms of diabetes vary depending on the type of diabetes you have. Symptoms usually come on quickly and severely in Type 1 diabetes, but in Type 2 diabetes the symptoms can be so subtle you may not notice them.

Common symptoms of diabetes include:

  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Increase in thirst and urination
  • Fatigue
  • Tingling in your fingers or toes
  • Blurry vision

Type 2 diabetes can be prevented if you stay on top of your health with your annual visits to Dr. Tate. Through a physical assessment and blood test, she may be able to detect the signs of prediabetes and help you make changes to prevent the onset of the chronic condition.

What is the strategy for managing diabetes?

Dr. Tate takes a holistic approach to the management of diabetes. Her goal is to minimize your need for pharmaceutical medication for blood-sugar management. She helps you gain control over your blood sugar by teaching you how to eat to maintain blood sugar levels.

If you’re overweight or obese, Dr. Tate offers a weight-management program to assist with weight loss. This also helps improve blood sugar levels.

For a natural approach to diabetes that may reduce your need for prescription medication, call Grassroots Healthcare today or schedule an appointment using the online booking tool.