Category Archives: Dietary Supplements


Posted by Beverleigh H Piepers RN, Dated 18-1-2016


You could have been super busy on New Year’s, returning from a vacation or from a short getaway or even a party or fun celebration – and didn’t really have time to create your goals yet for the new year. Don’t worry, there is still time. You don’t have to be official and start on January 1st. You can start on any day of the year.

Composite image of new years resolutions on january calendarHere are some of the common goals of diabetics for the new year…

1.  Learn about the Weston A Price Foundation diet and switch your eating plan.
2.  Learn about – and follow the Glycemic Index.
3.  Take herbs for lowering your blood sugar.
4.  Clear up all infections – gums, toenail, yeast, etc.
5.  Start taking supplements.
6.  Get your vitamin D levels checked.
7.  Change aluminum pots and pans to stainless steel.
8.  Start walking more.
9.  Get a dog that likes to go for walks.
10. Pet the dog for consolation (instead of eating).
11. Eliminate all wheat from the diet.
12. Eliminate all sugar from the diet.
13. Stop eating foods with MSG in it.
14. Start gardening.
15. Buy heirloom seeds.
16. Start bicycling.
17. Go interview farmers about their grass fed beef.
18. Use the services of a herbalist.
19. Use the services of a nutritionist.
20. Use the services of a chiropractor.
21. Use the services of a massage therapist.
22. Spend more quality time with family.
23. Give up alcohol.
24. Eat two solid meals a day.
25. Change the grocery stores you go to.

What are your goals for this year? Many people don’t only have one goal; they have multiple goals. And by looking at the list, you see it’s entirely possible to accomplish five goals in one month. The first month, you could accomplish #1, 11, 12, 20, and 24. The second month, you could accomplish #7, 8, 13, 22 and 23. The more goals you achieve, the better you’ll feel both psychologically as well as physically.


Beverleigh H Piepers RN
Type 2 Diabetes Health Coach

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Is Your Diabetes Medication Contributing to Vitamin and Mineral Deficiencies?

Is Your Diabetes Medication Contributing to Vitamin and Mineral Deficiencies?
Posted by Beverleigh H Piepers RN, Dated 29-10-2014

Tablet with the chemical formula of metforminThe answer is yes if you’re taking metformin.

Is your diabetes medication supposed to be interfering with your nutrient absorption? One would tend to think not, but the reality is that all medications have the potential to interfere with nutrient absorption. Metformin is no different.

Metformin causes a vitamin B12 deficiency.

That’s interesting because one of the complications of diabetes is called peripheral neuropathy. That’s the problem where you can’t feel your feet in space, and you might also have a lot of pain and/or numbness in your feet. Your feet could feel like dead weight you’re dragging around, and it makes it a lot harder to drive.

Not surprisingly, studies trying to find the connection between B12 deficiency and metformin are scarce using the actual marker for cellular B12 deficiency called holotranscobalamin.

Scientists at a university medical center in the Netherlands decided to check for it in a cross-sectional study among 550 Type 2 diabetics on metformin. The diabetics were on the drug for 64 months on the average, and took 1306 mg generally speaking.

They found a cobalamin deficiency rate of 28.1% but only a holotranscobalamin deficiency of 3.9%. The higher the daily dosage of metformin, the more strong the association with lower cobalamin and holotranscobalamin concentrations. The length of time someone was on the medication did not matter.

Even a 1 mg/day increase in metformin dose was enough to cause a deficiency.

Make sure you read the next posting because it’s an interesting Chinese study that correlates these findings with neuropathy.

Source: Beulens, J.W., et al. Influence of duration and dose of metformin on cobalamin deficiency in type 2 diabetes patients using metformin. Acta Diabetol 2014 June 8. Epub ahead of print.

Beverleigh H Piepers RN
Type 2 Diabetes Health Coach

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Twitter: @diabetes2diva

The Proof is In – Vitamin D Supplements Helped Diabetic Kids Lose Weight

The Proof is In – Vitamin D Supplements Helped Diabetic Kids Lose Weight
Posted by Beverleigh H Piepers RN, Dated 10-9-2014
Vitamin D capsules

Vitamin D capsules

Two researchers from the University of Massachusetts Medical School wanted to find out what would happen if kids between the ages of 3 and 18 with diabetes received vitamin D supplements. Specifically, they were looking for what would happen to their hemoglobin A1 c levels and their liver function.

They found 131 diabetic children who had been diabetic for over a year and had had a diagnosed deficiency of vitamin D with tests measuring their liver function via an ALT test (alanine transaminase).

These researchers were similar to other average vitamin D researchers who use a vitamin D test result of less than 20 ug/dl as a deficiency. So right here we already know their interpretation of the results will be somewhat flawed. Top vitamin D researchers set their standards higher and look at an ideal level of 55 or greater, as what people’s vitamin D levels should be.

But let’s look at their results, knowing we may have to come to a more reasonable conclusion…

  • of the kids with Type 2 diabetes, 72.1% of them had a vitamin D deficiency at the start of the study.
  • 37.5% of the Type 1 diabetic children had a deficiency.

After three months of supplementation with vitamin D, their vitamin D levels rose (no surprise here!) and the Type 2 diabetics lost weight and their liver enzymes ALT test improved significantly. Their hemoglobin A1 c level also fell from 8.5 to 7.7 after three months of supplementation. However, this did not happen in the Type 1 diabetic children.

It’s possible the Type 1 diabetic children needed the higher standard of vitamin D before they would show results. All in all though, these results show us that vitamin D does make a big difference in blood sugar control and how the liver is processing nutrients as well as metabolism.

Have you had your vitamin D level checked recently?

Source: Nwosu, B.U. and Maranda, L. The effects of vitamin D supplementation on hepatic dysfunction, vitamin D status, and Glycemic control in children and adolescents with vitamin D deficiency and either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes mellitus. PLoS One 2014 Jun 11; 9(6): e99646.

Beverleigh H Piepers RN
Type 2 Diabetes Health Coach

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Twitter: @diabetes2diva


Common Mistakes That Cause Disease, Part 5

Common Mistakes That Cause Disease, Part 5
Posted by Beverleigh H Piepers RN, Dated 27-8-2014

By far, the most common mistake that leads to Type 2 diabetes is eating too many carbs in a meal. No one has been taught to count carbs for the purpose of staying free of diabetes. They’ve only been taught to count carbs if on a diet.

It’s too many carbohydrates when you eat meals like these…

  •  Hamburger on bun, ketchup, mustard, French fries, apple pie dessert.

Can you see all the carbs coming from the bun, fries and apple pie dessert?

Eliminate the bun and only eat half the dessert to stay with a reasonable amount of carbs in the meal.

Granola Cereal

Granola Cereal

  • Granola, milk, raisins, banana, cinnamon, and toast/butter.

Can you see all the carbs coming from the granola, milk, raisins, banana and toast?

Eliminate the raisins, banana and toast.

  • Steak salad (spinach, croutons, baby corn, honey mustard dressing, peppers, zucchini, pea pods, artichoke hearts, radishes) with baked potato, sour cream, sourdough bread and butter, and carrot cake.

Can you see all the carbs coming from the croutons, corn, honey mustard dressing, pea pods, potato, sour cream, bread, and cake?

A good strategy is to eliminate the bread, eat half the baked potato, half the sour cream, and half the carrot cake.

  • Chipotle’s Restaurant Chicken Bowl with brown rice, black beans, a scoop of guacamole, sautéed onions and peppers, cheese, tomato salsa, chips and dip and a diet coke.

Can you see all the carbs coming in from the good foods of brown rice and black beans? The serving sizes are twice as large as what they should be. If you continue to eat too many carbs – and servings twice as large as normal, you will also end up twice as large. There are additional carbs coming from the cheese and chips.

Solution: Tell them at the restaurant to skimp on the rice and beans, put the cheese in a small bowl as a side dish, and forget the chips.

Carefully monitor your carb content during your meals. Leave them limited to two or less than two servings.

Beverleigh H Piepers RN
Type 2 Diabetes Health Coach

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Twitter: @diabetes2diva

Are You Stepping Up Your Workout Intensity? Should You Use Creatine?

Are You Stepping Up Your Workout Intensity? Should You Use Creatine?
Posted by Beverleigh H Piepers RN, Dated 1-7-2014

The doctor who treats your Type 2 diabetes may write you an exercise program or even refer you to an exercise physiologist, a specialist in the effects of physical activity on your body. Any exercise program will involve a choice of physical activity, along with recommendations for both the intensity and frequency of exercise.

Young Woman ExercisingBut, if you are someone who is in the process of stepping up your workout intensity and really becoming serious about results, you may start to consider some of the performance enhancing supplements available on the market today.

Which will help you see faster results? And, which will just burn a hole in your wallet? It’s vital you always do some background research before you buy otherwise you may run into some pretty severe disappointment.

One of the main supplements you may come across is creatine. What does this product do and will it help you?

Here’s the facts to know…

What Creatine Does. Creatine, also called creatine phosphate, is the precursor molecule to ATP, which is the high energy compound that fuels each and every muscular contraction that takes place in your body.

When creatine joins together with ADP, they form ATP, which then means you are able to complete the intense exercise without a problem.

Once your creatine stores become depleted however, intensity is going to drop significantly as no more of this ATP Is being produced.

By using creatine, you help to ensure your stores are fully saturated before you go into the workout session.

Who Benefits From Creatine? So, who will best benefit from creatine?  Generally, anyone who is doing highly intense activity will be most served by using this product.

This includes those who are doing weight lifting, those who are doing sprinting related activities, and those who are participating in stop and go team sports.

All of these people will rely almost exclusively on ATP for muscular contraction fuel, therefore without it, performance will fall short.

For someone who is just going out and doing the average 30 to 60 minute cardio session however, creatine will not be as beneficial as fatty acids can be used as a fuel source instead.

How To Use Creatine. So, if you’ve decided you’re a candidate to use creatine, how do you utilize it for best results?

Some people prefer to start with a loading phase where you will take 10 to 20 grams for 5 days straight. Note that this will cause some water retention, so your bodyweight will go up.

Once those five days are over, then you can bump it down to a dose of five grams daily. There’s no need to cycle this product, so you can stay on it however long you like.

Beverleigh H Piepers RN

Type 2 Diabetes Health Coach

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Some Ways You Can Prevent Colon Cancer

Some Ways You Can Prevent Colon Cancer
Posted by Beverleigh H Piepers RN, Dated 6-1-2014

Colorectal cancer is one of the top most common types of cancer. Unfortunately, it’s also a leading cause of death in both men and women.

But guess what. Up to 90% of the cases of colorectal cancer are believed to be from diet as in Type 2 diabetes. This means you have every chance to prevent colon cancer.

Farrah Fawcett in1977What do you think of when you think about colorectal cancer? Do you know someone who has had this type of cancer? I think about Farah Fawcett and how she died of this type of cancer. She was in so much pain, and tried alternative measures as well as medical treatment for it. The problem was that by the time she tried alternative medicine, the condition was too far gone.

Alternative health measures are a misnomer. Alternative health implies that it’s substandard; yet alternative health measures were used as THE standard for many years.

They should be used now as THE STANDARD and medical treatment used as an ancillary treatment in many conditions. With alternative health measures, there is no harm done to the body.

Think about diet for a moment. If you don’t eat the average American diet, you’re considered strange by quite a few people. However, what is eaten on the average American diet is the thing that is strange. It’s strange to eat GMO foods, foods that weren’t eaten in the beginning of time. It’s strange to eat foods where chemicals are added to them. It’s strange to eat tomatoes that taste like cardboard, fish that are highly contaminated, and boxed cereals that are made from nothing but dead foods (if they’re foods at all). The average American diet is the alternative diet, and it’s an anti-life diet.

So part of alternative health is to change one’s diet; yet the diet you’re going back to is the original diet that man ate. Nothing alternative about that.

Farah did change her diet and she also began taking lots of supplements. This is another alternative health measure that many who have cancer will take. Taking supplements is considered alternative; yet, having the lack of nutrients in one’s body is NOT considered strange?

Do you see how twisted the whole picture of health has become? More on this in the next article…

Source: Pericleous, M., Mandair, D. and Caplin, M.E. Diet and supplements and their impact on colorectal cancer. J Gastrointest Oncol 2013 Dec;4(4):409-23.

Beverleigh H Piepers RN
Type 2 Diabetes Health Coach

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More Doctors Agree that Vitamin D Deficiency is Related to Diabetes

More Doctors Agree that Vitamin D Deficiency is Related to Diabetes
Posted by admin, Dated 26-8-2013

This time the scientists hail from Harvard. Their projection is that if vitamin D levels are in the normal range when you’re a young adult, then your risk of developing Type 1 Diabetes is 50% less.

bhp.Diabetes.Kids.BeachThey’re basing this prediction on analyzing 40 million vitamin D samples of blood collected from military personnel. The blood samples went back all the way to the mid-1980s. They isolated 310 cases of people who were diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. That’s when they discovered who had the highest risk of developing diabetes.

Type 1 diabetes is considered a serious autoimmune disorder. Only about 5% of people in the pool of all diabetics have Type 1 Diabetes. And vitamin D deficiency clearly impairs the immune system. That’s why low levels are also connected to multiple sclerosis. So there’s no big surprise there.

The main researcher in the study was baffled by the fact that Type 1 diabetes could be prevented by something so simple.

Interestingly, in this study, the researchers considered 75 nmol/L as a normal vitamin D level. Most doctors don’t tell their patients to take extra vitamin D if their levels are 40 or 50 nmol/L.

Have you had your Vitamin D levels checked recently? It may be time to do so. Just tell your doctor you’d like it tested.

Why 8-Year-old Jenny Could Have a Diagnosis of Juvenile Diabetes Tomorrow…

Why 8-Year-old Jenny Could Have a Diagnosis of Juvenile Diabetes Tomorrow…
Posted by Beverleigh Piepers RN, Dated 23-7-2013

In the U.S., it’s possible to order a test called a hair analysis test. This is a test where a sample of hair from the scalp level is sent to the forensic/clinical laboratory to analyze for heavy metals and essential elements.

Jenny’s mother was suspicious about something going on with her daughter’s health. The girl had complaints such as stomach problems, headaches, and just didn’t feel good most of the time. This is unusual for a child. Jenny’s mom removed wheat from her daughter’s diet and she started making improvements but she still wasn’t better. So she ran a hair analysis on her.

It was a quite surprising report. Her daughter’s vanadium levels were at 0.66, dozens of times higher than what they should have been.

Vanadium in high levels in the body damages the beta cells of the pancreas. And according to one of my friends who runs this test on patients, a level of 0.67 is high enough to cause Juvenile diabetes.

 We’re all a product of our environment to an extent. If we live in an area that has iodine deficient soil, then if we don’t take a supplement, we are susceptible to come down with a deficiency.

If we live in an area that has been a toxic dumping site, then the chemicals and pollutants will make their way into our body sooner or later. The chemicals and pollutants will cause disruption of the cells and eventual disease.

But many times we seem to think we’re above all this. “Oh, it won’t happen to me!”

Why wouldn’t it happen to you? Are you an alien? Is your body any different than anyone else’s?

Sometimes people believe that by praying, they can stay above it. Well, my answer to that is “Really? God will break all the physical laws in the universe just to keep you healthy?”

Health on earth is a matter of getting your nutrient levels right and keeping the toxics low. That’s the bottom line.

What are Your Views on Natural Healing?

What are Your Views on Natural Healing?
Posted by Beverleigh Piepers RN, Dated 14-3-2013

I’m interested in your views on natural healing. Have you used any alternative healthcare practitioners for your Type 2 diabetes in the last few years? What type of treatment did you get and did it accomplish the goal you set out to accomplish?

Send me an email. I’d like to share some of the answers on this blog.

Let me know what you really think of both alternative medicine and regular medicine. Do you agree with the early Catholic Church that natural medicine practitioners should be hunted down and eliminated?

Interestingly, once the Bible was printed in the year 1434, people finally had the chance to decide for themselves what was true and what God was saying to them. They didn’t have to pay a priest to do it for them. This started putting a negative view onto what the Church really was doing to the people and they started waking up to reality.

The same thing happened after the Plague. The Plague occurred after the Inquisition and people started waking up to the reality that the medical doctors really did not have it all figured out and basically had only a way to extract money from people with little health in return.

This is when the field of natural medicine gained a lot of momentum.

So let me know what you think.

The History of Natural Medicine is Quite Amazing

The History of Natural Medicine is Quite Amazing
Posted by Beverleigh Piepers RN, Dated 12-3-2013

Those of you who have been reading this blog know that I’m a nurse coming from the medical field who has seen many reasons why people need to consider natural medicine as part of your care for Type 2 diabetes.

Natural medicine works with the entire person, considering their lifestyle, diet, mental health, spiritual health and overall health.

Natural medicine has less of a chance to do wrong or have things go wrong.

Natural medicine ends up creating greater health, not degenerating health, and doesn’t involve drugs that lessen one’s vitality and quality of health.

Well I came across some really interesting facts about the history of natural medicine that I’d like to share over the next few blogs. I’m sure you’ll find them just as fascinating.

1. Contemporary medicine is based on pre-Darwinian theories of biology and Newtonian mechanics. There is no emphasis on individuality; everyone is treated pretty much the same. (We see this more and more with medicine as it progresses to the point where health insurance dictates the treatments that are allowed for patients and even the medical lab tests.)

2. In the olden days, medical doctors were called Regulars and alternative healthcare practitioners were called Irregulars. The authorities accepted the Regulars as the only ones who could legally dispense medicines and get paid for treatment.

3. From the beginning of time, Regular medicine had a reputation for being reckless through bloodletting and using toxic remedies such as mercury. It’s really no surprise that the medical profession thinks nothing about the mercury in vaccinations and denies that it can cause any harm or be related to autism. And it continues to put mercury in these vaccinations.

4. Hippocrates was the first well-known physician to stand up for the right of people to want and deserve holistic health. His school of medicine emphasized doing no harm and to only use safe, conservative holistic treatments. Acupuncture is included in the safe, conservative holistic treatments category.

5. It’s not always true that natural medicine and natural treatments are safe. Sometimes they are not. This is why you really have to do your homework on whatever treatment you are given.

6. Regular medicine uses terms like alternative medicine, complementary medicine, and integrated medicine to suggest that natural medicine is not good enough to stand on its own and that it is unreliable and unprofessional. They also want you to think that it is trendy to go for alternative medicine. Yet, natural medicine is far from being fringe. And luckily, some smart medical doctors are starting to get training in alternative medicine.
Surprisingly to many, it’s the natural medicine – the use of herbs and foods to cure disease – that has been traditional, mainstream and ‘normal’ all the way back to the beginning of time. Medical treatment now is new, unusual, and doesn’t have a track of safety in its history.

7. Whenever a medical doctor uses the term “complementary medicine”, he is implying that complementary medicine practitioners – such as those in massage therapy, chiropractic medicine, osteopathic medicine, nutritionists, herbalists, acupuncturists and other body workers are subservient to medical doctors. Many integrated medical clinics are set up like this.

8. It wasn’t until the beginning of the 20th century that man started believing that his body had enormous power to heal itself.

Interesting, isn’t it?