Hormone Replacement Therapy
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) is used to treat both men and women experiencing imbalances or drops in their naturally-occurring hormones. Hormones are responsible for most of your essential bodily functions, so when they are disrupted in any way, cascade effects across all your systems can ensue.
Most commonly, BHRT is utilized to ease symptoms of perimenopause and menopause, although we can use them to treat a wide range of conditions, including:
- Mental clarity
- Low sex drive or libido
- Erectile dysfunction
- Insulin resistance
- Adrenal and thyroid disorders
At least 9.4% of the entire US population currently suffers from diabetes. Many sufferers aren’t even aware that they have Type 2 diabetes. At Carolina Personalized Care in Cary, North Carolina, Mohammad S. Anwar, MD, FACP, and his dedicated team offer diabetes diagnosis and management to help you enjoy your best health, even with diabetes. Use the online scheduler or call the office to get dedicated, reasonably priced care from a team that truly cares about your health.
What is diabetes?
Diabetes is a disease that occurs when your pancreas (the small organ that distributes the insulin hormone in your blood) doesn't work properly. Insulin is crucial for good health because it helps you process the sugars and fats that you eat.
In Type 1 diabetes, your pancreas doesn't make insulin at all, and in Type 2 diabetes you have insulin resistance, which means you make insulin but it's not working properly.
What are the symptoms of diabetes?
Often, there aren't any clear symptoms of Type 2 diabetes in the beginning. It’s important to see Dr. Anwar for regular checkups so he can screen you for the early signs of the disease. As time goes on, you might develop some of the following diabetes symptoms.
- Extreme thirst
- Severe fatigue
- Blurry vision
- Frequent urination
- Slow-healing wounds
- Tingling or numbness in your extremities
Unexplained weight loss can be a symptom of Type 1 diabetes, but Type 2 diabetics are more likely to be overweight.
Is diabetes preventable?
Type 1 diabetes isn't preventable, and it almost always develops in childhood. But, Type 1 diabetes only accounts for about 5% of all diabetes cases today. The other main type of diabetes, Type 2, is completely preventable.
If you're overweight, weight loss is often the strongest preventive action you can take. Dr. Anwar offers medical weight loss guidance to help you succeed.
Of course, a change in eating habits is crucial for both weight loss success and diabetes prevention. This includes eating less processed sugar, reducing unhealthy carbohydrates, and increasing healthy foods like lean proteins. Dr. Anwar also recommends regular exercise as part of diabetes prevention.
Is diabetes curable?
Right now, there’s not a cure for diabetes, but it’s very manageable — sometimes, without medication. Type 1 diabetics need to take insulin, usually in injections or through a pump. Dr. Anwar can monitor your insulin usage to help you stay healthy, and you might also see a specialist like an endocrinologist regularly if you have Type 1 diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes requires lifestyle adjustment, including dietary changes and often weight loss. If you work with Dr. Anwar closely, you might be able to regulate your blood sugar effectively without medication. But, if the lifestyle changes aren’t sufficient, Dr. Anwar can prescribe medication for Type 2 diabetes.
A primary care doctor is someone who you can rely upon for personalized and consistent care, but it’s not always easy to find a physician and team who puts your individual needs first. At Carolina Personalized Care in Cary, North Carolina, Mohammad S. Anwar, MD, FACP, and his support team are so dedicated to personalized care that they included it in the practice name. Use online booking or call the office for the very best in primary care, tailored just for you.
What is a primary care physician?
Your primary care physician is your main doctor, the one who handles all your basic health care needs as well as some specialized needs. Dr. Anwar is an internal medicine doctor, specializing in primary care for patients 18 and up. He sees young patients, geriatric patients, and all ages in between on a daily basis.
What is included in primary care?
At Carolina Weight Loss & Personalized Health, primary care includes regular checkups, but that’s only the beginning. You can come to Dr. Anwar for as-needed treatment for an injury, infection, respiratory problems, chest pain, flu, hormone problems, and most other non-life-threatening issues.
As your primary care physician, Dr. Anwar also provides chronic disease management, dementia support, hypertension management, diabetes care, and long-term care for most chronic conditions or illnesses. Optional services like medical aesthetics treatments are even available. Dr. Anwar and his team are proud to be full-service care providers, offering virtually everything you need in one place.
If you need specialized care that’s not available at Carolina Weight Loss & Personalized Health, Dr. Anwar can refer you to an appropriate specialist and then work with that doctor to co-manage your care.
What is a primary care checkup like?
Dr. Anwar starts with a holistic health evaluation. In this assessment, he considers your entire health history as well as your current physical, emotional, and mental wellness. Usually, a physical exam follows the evaluation. In some cases, you might need blood testing so Dr. Anwar can identify potential problems like Type 2 diabetes.
If you’re on any current medications, Dr. Anwar reviews the treatment plan with you and makes any necessary changes. If you have any new or emerging health issues, Dr. Anwar designs a treatment plan. Dr. Anwar treats the underlying cause of your problems, rather than just doing a temporary fix with medication.
Recent research indicates that gut biome balance is crucial for whole-body wellness, and so Dr. Anwar helps you reach a place of good gut health so you can enjoy your best health.
Genetic testing is a type of medical test that identifies changes in chromosomes, genes, or proteins. The results of a genetic test can confirm or rule out a suspected genetic condition or help determine a person’s chance of developing or passing on a genetic disorder. More than 1,000 genetic tests are currently in use, and more are being developed.
- Molecular genetic tests (or gene tests) study single genes or short lengths of DNA to identify variations or mutations that lead to a genetic disorder.
- Chromosomal genetic tests analyze whole chromosomes or long lengths of DNA to see if there are large genetic changes, such as an extra copy of a chromosome, that cause a genetic condition.
- Biochemical genetic tests study the amount or activity level of proteins; abnormalities in either can indicate changes to the DNA that result in a genetic disorder.
Dementia is a frightening diagnosis for anyone, but with the latest advanced research and treatment protocol, it’s not nearly as scary as it once was. At Carolina Personalized Care in Cary, North Carolina, Mohammad S. Anwar, MD, FACP is an authorized physician for the ReCODE protocol, which has helped reverse the effects of Alzheimer’s in hundreds of patients so far. Click online scheduling or call the office for the latest and best dementia help available today.
What is dementia?
Dementia is a group of conditions that cause dramatic brain function problems. Alzheimer's disease is the most common kind of dementia, and some of the many others include Parkinson's disease, vascular dementia, Huntington's disease, and mixed dementia with combined Alzheimer's and vascular dementia.
Dementia alters the way you think, reason, and remember, and many dementia sufferers also experience changes in behavior. If you suffer from dementia, it can negatively impact virtually every part of your life.
What are the symptoms of dementia?
Symptoms of dementia can range in intensity from one dementia sufferer to another. Some common symptoms can include:
- Memory loss, especially short-term memory
- Struggling to solve problems
- Confusion about time or location
- Difficulty speaking
- Difficulty writing
- Struggling to comprehend when reading
- Poor decision-making
- Visual or auditory hallucinations
- Impulsive or inappropriate behavior
Usually, symptoms are progressive. Sometimes, symptoms worsen slowly, and in other cases the deterioration is rapid.
Is there a cure for dementia?
At this time, there are many medications to delay the progression of dementia. But, none of the current medications have successfully stopped it completely. That's why Carolina Weight Loss & Personalized Health offers a better option: the widely renowned ReCODE protocol developed by leading neurodegenerative disease expert Dale Bredesen, MD.
The ReCODE protocol is a functional medicine approach to the prevention and reversal of cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. This protocol has been shown to reverse cognitive impairment in hundreds of patients.
The ReCODE protocol begins with a complete medical analysis. Dr. Anwar considers your entire history in detail, including prior strokes, infections, and hormone imbalances. Then, through blood and genome tests, Dr. Anwar determines the specific hormone and chemical imbalances in your brain.
Dr. Anwar corrects hormone and chemical imbalances using bioidentical hormone replacements if needed. Finally, Dr. Anwar prescribes nutritional changes tailored to the situation, dietary supplements, IV therapy as needed, and proper exercise.
ReCODE is truly unique for every patient because it’s based entirely on your analysis and test results. This gives you the very best tools possible to prevent and even potentially reverse cognitive deterioration like that of Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias.
Aesthetic medicine at Carolina Personalized Care in Cary, North Carolina, includes a range of noninvasive and minimally invasive treatments that restore and enhance your face and body. You can regrow hair, sculpt your body, reduce scars, decrease cellulite, smooth away wrinkles, and more. Skilled physician Mohammad S. Anwar, MD, FACP, has been creating amazing aesthetics results for his patients for more than a decade. Use the online scheduler or call the office to learn more now.
What is aesthetic medicine treatment for hair loss?
Carolina Weight Loss & Personalized Health offers platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy to help you regrow hair. Your blood’s own natural growth factors are the key ingredient in hair restoration therapy.
Growth factors are crucial for healing, and they stimulate cellular renewal, so this makes them very valuable for those trying to regenerate anything within the body. Doctors use PRP to regenerate ligaments and tendons, for example. PRP is also very effective at regenerating dormant hair follicles, but to get that effect, you need a large dose of PRP at the hair roots.
Dr. Anwar takes a blood sample from your arm and then uses a centrifuge to extract the PRP and concentrate it into a powerful solution. Then, Dr. Anwar injects the PRP solution directly into your scalp with a small, thin, needle.
The PRP stimulates new hair growth in time. With a series of treatments, you can get your own natural hair back. No transplants, no wigs, just your own natural hair! PRP is also used in other regenerative medicine treatments, like the Vampire Facelift®.
What is the treatment for body contouring and cellulite reduction?
Carolina Weight Loss & Personalized Health offers a laser lipolysis treatment that reduces body fat and minimizes cellulite. The laser won’t hurt your top layer of skin. It passes through to get to the fat layer below, where it heats the fat cells to trigger a rupture.
Over time, you’ll eliminate the liquified fat through normal body function. The fat cells can’t grow back in that area because they’re permanently destroyed. The laser also stimulates new elastin growth, which tightens your skin, and collagen, which helps smooth out cellulite dimples.
You can get body contouring and cellulite reduction on your abdomen, hips, thighs, back, and in other areas where you can’t eliminate the fat through diet and exercise.
How can I reduce the appearance of scars?
Acne scars, surgical scars, and all other kinds of scars are challenging to treat. But, Dr. Anwar offers scar management using state-of-the-art lasers. The laser heat destroys excess tissue buildup and also works in skin underlayers to encourage new collagen and elastin creation. The new collagen and elastin help tighten the skin and provide the even texture that was missing before.
When you’re suffering from chronic diseases like polycystic ovary syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, or thyroid dysfunction, you need support and care from an internal medicine specialist. At Carolina Personalized Care in Cary, North Carolina, Mohammad S. Anwar, MD, FACP, is ready to monitor and treat chronic diseases affecting all patients 18 and up. Book your appointment online or by phone today.
What if my chronic disease doesn’t have a single clear cause?
At Carolina Weight Loss & Personalized Health, Dr. Anwar specializes in the type of chronic disease that doesn’t have a single clear cause. This includes the following conditions:
Polycystic ovary syndrome
Polycystic ovary syndrome is a condition in which you have serious health problems such as abnormal periods, scalp hair loss, weight gain, excessive body or facial hair, and ovarian cysts. Many women with PCOS suffer from infertility. If you suffer from PCOS, you generally have high male hormone levels but low progesterone. With proper management, you can eliminate PCOS symptoms.
Irritable bowel syndrome
Irritable bowel syndrome is a condition that causes symptoms like abdominal cramping, pain, chronic bloating, gas, diarrhea, and constipation. If you have irritable bowel syndrome, you don’t have structural changes in your large intestine. But, it causes serious distress and does require ongoing management for relief.
Thyroid dysfunction happens when your thyroid either overproduces (hyperthyroidism) or underproduces (hypothyroidism) thyroid hormone. Symptoms can include weight changes, insomnia, energy level changes, and many other unpleasant issues. Common thyroid disorders include Hashimoto’s disease and Graves’ disease. With thyroid dysfunction, you need customized treatment to feel healthy again.
Chronic fatigue syndrome
Chronic fatigue syndrome is a condition in which you continually feel exhausted. If you’re diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome, it means that other underlying causes are ruled out. This condition, like other chronic diseases, requires specialized management.
Dr. Anwar regularly treats many other chronic diseases, including multiple sclerosis, that don’t have a clear cause.
How are chronic diseases treated?
Chronic disease treatment at Carolina Weight Loss & Personalized Health is always tailored for your condition and situation. Dr. Anwar takes a multipronged approach to healing, which usually includes hormone balancing with bioidentical hormones, acupuncture, exercise, and medication as needed.
How often should I see the doctor for my chronic disease?
When you’re dealing with chronic disease, regular care is crucial. Dr. Anwar creates a customized care plan for you, including recommended appointment frequency. In general, most patients need to see Dr. Anwar at least several times a year to monitor their health and make any necessary treatment changes.
Regenerative medicine helps you regrow tissue using platelet-rich plasma (PRP) derived from your blood. At Carolina Personalized Care in Cary, North Carolina, highly experienced physician Mohammad S. Anwar, MD, FACP, uses today’s most innovative regenerative medicine techniques for treatments like Vampire Facelift® and P-Shot®. Click the online scheduler or call the office to book an appointment now.
What is regenerative medicine?
Regenerative medicine is the field of medicine dedicated to regrowing tissue in your body. With treatments like PRP injections, you can stimulate your body to begin the natural healing process.
Dr. Anwar isolates platelets from your blood to create a PRP solution that’s many times richer in healing platelets than blood alone. Then, he administers the PRP as part of aesthetic medicine or sexual health treatment.
Regenerative medicine and aesthetic medicine are a natural fit because PRP treatments can help you get excellent results without resorting to surgery. The same is true of regenerative medicine and sexual wellness. With treatments like the P-Shot®, you can recapture peak sexual health without extreme measures like surgery.
What is the Vampire Facelift?
The Vampire Facelift is a unique treatment combining dermal fillers and PRP. The goal is to give you a more beautiful and youthful look, without any incisions or surgery. A Vampire Facelift can reduce wrinkles, improve facial contour, plump lips, reduce sagging, and greatly enhance your overall appearance.
In a Vampire Facelift, Dr. Anwar uses hyaluronic acid dermal fillers to sculpt your face, restore lost volume, and enhance your appearance as a whole. Then, Dr. Anwar isolates PRP from your blood. He injects the potent PRP into your face with a fine needle, layering it carefully with the fillers. This starts a healing response, and the PRP starts working under your skin to create new collagen and elastin over time.
Finally, Dr. Anwar applies Altar™ SBD-4, a formula that enhances the effects of Vampire Facelift. The Altar SBD-4 formula helps repair the skin barrier, increases hydration, and enhances circulation.
The Vampire Facelift has immediate results that grow even better for the next 2-3 months. The effects last for 1-2 years or more.
What is a P-Shot?
The P-Shot, or priapus shot, is a penile injection of PRP. If you’re suffering from erectile dysfunction problems like poor sexual stamina or weak erections, the P-Shot might be the best solution for you. You can also expect a 10-20% increase in penis girth and length after P-Shot.
In a P-Shot, Dr. Anwar injects PRP directly into your penis, with an ultrafine needle. The PRP activates cellular regeneration and triggers the growth of new tissue while also improving circulation in and around your penis.
Hydration therapy at Carolina Personalized Care in Cary, North Carolina, can be a fast solution for a hangover, prolonged illness, jet lag, dehydration, or other common problems. With more than 40 years of experience in quality patient care, you can count on Mohammad S. Anwar, MD, FACP, for hydration therapy and all the other care you need to achieve ideal health. Book online or by phone now.
What is hydration therapy?
Hydration therapy gives you standard intravenous (IV) hydration, along with nutrients, straight into your blood-stream rather than by mouth. When you take supplements, many of the nutrients are lost in the digestive process. With hydration therapy, you get the most absorption possible. This means you get quicker effects, too.
What can hydration therapy help with?
Hydration therapy may help with a very long list of issues and conditions. Some of the most common reasons that Carolina Weight Loss & Personalized Health patients have hydration therapy include:
- Jet lag
- Dehydration after heavy exercise
- Flu symptoms
- Cold symptoms
- Chronic exhaustion
Some patients find that IV therapy helps with other issues as wide-ranging as a chronic disease and age-related skin damage. IV therapy is often used as a stand-alone treatment but is also safe to use in conjunction with other kinds of medical treatment.
What kinds of nutrients are used in hydration therapy?
Carolina Weight Loss & Personalized Health offers a wide range of different hydration therapy options. Some of the many supplements can include:
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin B
- Amino acids
You can opt for special blends for recovery, energy, and other needs. One of the most popular hydration therapy blends is The Myers' Cocktail.
The Myers’ Cocktail is a blend of nutrients originally created by hydration therapy pioneer John Myers, MD. It boosts your immune system, improves your energy, and increases your overall health and wellness. The main ingredients in the Myers’ Cocktail include B-complex vitamins, calcium, and vitamin C.
How long does hydration therapy take?
Hydration therapy session at Carolina Weight Loss & Personalized Health usually takes around 45-60 minutes. During your IV hydration session, you can take a short nap, read, or watch TV if you like.
When will I notice the effects of hydration therapy?
Because the nutrients infuse your blood immediately, you’ll likely enjoy the positive effects of this treatment right away. Many patients begin their hydration therapy feeling worn-out and sick but, within less than an hour, they’re feeling dramatically better.
To lose weight long term, you need to start with an understanding of how your caloric intake affects your weight. It’s more complex than you might think, which is why you need help from a medical weight loss specialist to get the best results. At Carolina Personalized Care in Cary, North Carolina, expert internal medicine doctor Mohammad S. Anwar, MD, FACP, offers personalized weight loss help you need to reach and maintain a healthy weight. Book online or by phone now.
How do I know how many calories I should eat to lose weight?
In a way, it's simple: you need to burn more calories when you eat more food. Otherwise, those calories are stored as fat. That's how you develop those unwanted fat deposits like a muffin top. But, your specific caloric recommendations go beyond a basic formula. The exact kind of calories you eat also plays a role in your weight. Protein calories are better than fat calories.
There are also a number of other factors specific to you that could impact the number of calories you need to eat for successful weight loss. Dr. Anwar performs a full evaluation to determine exactly how many calories you should eat to lose weight.
Why do I need to eat more protein?
Eating protein calories, such as lean chicken, can make you feel satisfied faster, and this may lead to eating less overall. But, if you eat the same amount of calories in the form of processed carbohydrates, you won't feel full for longer and will likely eat more than you intended.
Also, it takes more energy to digest protein than carbs. That means your body works harder, even when you're at rest. The end result is that you burn more calories when you eat a high protein diet.
Can chronic disease prevent weight loss?
Yes, but it doesn’t have to. Many patients who have struggled to lose weight later find out that they're suffering from a chronic disease that slows down their metabolism. A number of chronic diseases are tied to your hormones in some way, and your hormones can have a major impact on your weight.
But, if you suffer from a condition like polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) or thyroid dysfunction, Dr. Anwar can tailor a weight loss plan for you. Your weight loss plan might include bioidentical hormone replacement and lifestyle changes to help you achieve lasting success in spite of the chronic disease.
How does the weight loss program work?
Dr. Anwar recommends keeping a food journal and visiting the Carolina Weight Loss & Personalized Health office regularly for support as you work through the medical weight loss program. You’ll get all the customized dietary recommendations you need to lose the extra weight. Of course, Dr. Anwar monitors your health and wellness each step of the way.