Category Archives: Obesity


Posted by Beverleigh H Piepers RN, Dated 21-7-2016

Fresh Vegetables, Fruits and other foodstuffs. Shot in a studio.Over a period of 12 months, Australian researchers tested the effects of fruits and vegetables on a group of people who had been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and hardening of the arteries in the carotid intima-media thickness. They divided the diabetics into two groups…

Group 1 consumed their regular diet, and
Group 2 were invited to add one serving of fruit and two servings of vegetables to their regular meal plan.

Now first, you should know adding one serving of fruit and two servings of vegetables is not adding a whole lot of nutritious fruits and vegetables to your eating plan. The Japanese, who eat the most fruits and vegetables of any culture, eat about seventeen servings each and every day.

Nevertheless, the inside of the carotid artery improved significantly with only three servings.

Could you eat an extra three servings of fruits and vegetables each day? What about adding an apple or a cup of blueberries and a quart bowl filled with 1 cup spinach, ½ cup kale, and ½ cup Romaine lettuce? You could add a little dressing on top for flavor.

What can you do to get in more vegetables? If you don’t want to eat more vegetables, could you take vegetable capsules? Three capsules taken twice daily provides 17 servings of them easily. There are different ways to raise your intake of vegetables and fruits.

Source: Petersen, K.S., et al. Effect of improving dietary quality on carotid intima-media thickness in subjects with type 1 and type 2 diabetes: a 12-mo randomized controlled trial. Am J Clin Nutr 2015 Sep 9. Epub ahead of print.


Beverleigh H Piepers RN
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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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Posted by Beverleigh H Piepers RN, Dated 21-10-2015

Closeup of ingredients list of granola health bar with forms of sugar highlighted...

Closeup of ingredients list of granola health bar with forms of sugar highlighted…

“Bad things” happen when you include high fructose corn syrup in your diet.

In one study, healthy individuals consumed either glucose or fructose-sweetened drinks. The drinks were made up of either 25% of the calories from glucose or 25% of the calories from fructose. They consumed the sweetened drinks for 10 weeks.
The group that consumed the fructose had…

– developed insulin resistance,
– their abdominal fat increased,
– their blood sugar level, and
– insulin levels increased.

In various other studies, there is an increase in gout episodes, even in those who never had gout before. This is a frightening thought because it means thousands of children will end up with gout – and gout is a very painful disease to have….

– imagine how hard it would be to watch your child suffer from gout for a few weeks at a time,
– how difficult it would be to have to give your child medications for gout that are toxic in many ways, and
– how much time it will take out of your regular schedule to have to attend to this new health issue.

Children already have developed gout from eating a lot of foods with high fructose corn syrup. This isn’t a theory that hasn’t been proven. It’s reality.

High fructose is a killer. That’s the bottom line. Do you really want it in your diet or your family’s diet?

In the next article, find out whether or not sugar is addictive and what’s the evidence about it?

Beverleigh H Piepers RN
Type 2 Diabetes Health Coach

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Posted by Beverleigh H Piepers RN, Dated 7-10-2015
Unhealthy eating concept...

The unhealthy eating concept…

Some foods on the market should not even be called foods because they are a mock-up. Many foods present with artificial preservatives, chemicals and added sugars and are far, far away from what a natural food looks like or tastes.

Your mission is to detect these artificial foods and the fake sugars they contain – and stay as far away from them as possible.

For example, imitation sugar #1 is corn syrup. High fructose corn syrup is a highly processed chemical added to foods. It has already been revealed in many research studies to cause metabolic disorder, pre-diabetes, worsen Type 2 diabetes, and help bring about many adverse effects in the body.

Let’s make this article interactive – go to your kitchen cabinet to start checking foods for corn syrup and high fructose corn syrup. It is surprising to find the number of foods with these products in them. Next look for sugar words in the list of ingredients…

– invert sugar,
– turbinado sugar,
– maple sugar,
– brown sugar,
– molasses,
– syrups,
– honey, and
– agave.

It is a real shocker to find foods in your cabinet containing these ingredients. Then look for sucrose and fructose. Next look for fake sugars along these lines…

– aspartamine,
– aspartame,
– saccharine,
– xylitol,
– sorbitol,
– erythritol,
– sucralose, and
– mannitol.

Energy Drink CanMake sure you check foods such as condiments – ketchup, mustard, teriyaki sauce, barbecue sauce, and hot sauce. Don’t forget to check tomato and pasta sauces, dried fruit, soda, gummies, granola bars, canned fruit and any energy drinks.

 Check your cabinets and let us know what you find! Find out more in our next blog – we’ll discuss the topic, “Why Should I Remove High Fructose Corn Syrup From My Diet?”


Beverleigh H Piepers RN
Type 2 Diabetes Health Coach

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Posted by Beverleigh H Piepers RN, Dated 28-9-2015

When you decide to give up sugar, the next step is to engage in support from your family and friends. There are a few ways to do this…

Diet. Beautiful Young Woman near the Refrigerator with healthy fYou could start a 30-day challenge for your family on eating without sugar. Tell them about the benefits and make it an experience to discover the benefits. Don’t expect them to be 100% committed in the very beginning, but if you keep providing them with stories about how people got rid of sugar and amazing things happened, they will start to turn around.

The challenge method is a fun way to approach the change.

The other approach is to simply state it like a command – “this is what our family is doing right now.” So they know they don’t have a choice. This approach is best if your kids are really opinionated and seem to buck everything you try to do. By showing them there’s no room for diversion from your plan, they’ll know you mean business.

There’s another method that may or may not work – changing your family’s diet without telling them. In this strategy, you will go clean out all your cabinets of sugar-containing foods, then clean out your refrigerator and freezer, and add some new foods that are edible yet have no sugar in them.

You may get one of two responses or both from your family with this one…

1. they may be shocked when they can’t recognize any familiar things in the cabinets anymore, or
2. they will be excited to discover new foods.

Your response to them on why you did it will have to be very dramatic. Your doctor said it was a life or death scenario, that kind of excuse. This makes it a situation where there’s no compromise.

Next post you will find out what foods contain hidden sugars.


Beverleigh H Piepers RN
Type 2 Diabetes Health Coach

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Posted by Beverleigh H Piepers RN, Dated 26-8-2015

Large counter with chocolate candiesThere are several reasons why sugar is literally the worst possible food to have in your diet if you’re diabetic.

Here’s a list…

1. Sugar depletes your body of B vitamins and minerals. As a diabetic, you need every one of the vitamins and minerals you can possibly get.

2. Sugar causes insulin resistance, something that every diabetic does not need.

3. Sugar makes cancers grow in the body. It feeds them.

4. Sugars such as high fructose corn syrup cause liver problems such as fatty liver. Fatty liver is one more health issue you don’t need as a diabetic!

5. Sugar causes addictive disorders and makes you less sensitive to the effects of morphine.

6. Sugar releases huge amounts of dopamine in the brain and can create an addiction to all sugary foods.

7. Sugar causes overweightedness and obesity – and that’s ugly.

8. Sugar causes high cholesterol levels.

9. Sugar can contribute to hardening of the arteries.

Need any more reasons to stop eating sugar?

Next, find out why your doctor and dietitian keep telling you sugar is okay to eat for Type 2 diabetics.

Beverleigh H Piepers RN
Type 2 Diabetes Health Coach

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Why Does My Dietitian and Doctor Tell Me Sugar is Okay for Diabetics?

Why Does My Dietitian and Doctor Tell Me Sugar is Okay for Diabetics?
Posted by Beverleigh H Piepers RN, Dated 17-8-2015

The simple answer to this question is that your dietitian and doctor are misinformed. Your dietitian gets information from the American Dietetic Association. Your doctor gets information from the American Medical Association.

Morning breakfast with mini donuts and berriesBoth your dietitian and your medical doctor have to operate within the standards of their profession. Thus, if their professional standards tell them to not remove sugar from the diet of diabetics, then they technically have to follow the standards.

Both the American Medical Association and the American Dietetic Association don’t recommend removing sugar from the diet. There’s some talk about the American Dietetic Association receiving kickbacks from the sugar industry for promoting it, and this talk goes back a few decades.

There’s a move in today’s medical schools towards something called translational medicine. Have you heard of it?

This is where the professors at the medical school are not waiting 25 years anymore for the American Medical Association to get around to changing their policies about different types of therapies. Instead, they’re collecting the data from numerous recently done medical studies and starting to incorporate them in their practice now.

And these physicians are a lot more successful than the conservative ones who decide to wait until they are told what to do and what to change in their practice.

You can do the same thing. By using this information on our blog, which is highly researched to find out what works for diabetics, you can take your diabetes and then eliminate it. This latest series on sugar is one of the first steps.

Next…  find out how you can get your family to stop eating so much sugar in their diet.


Beverleigh H Piepers RN
Type 2 Diabetes Health Coach

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Posted by Beverleigh H Piepers RN, Dated 20-4-2015

BHP.DNAEpigenetics is the latest branch of genetics. It’s the study of the alterations in the genes inherited from one’s parents. If you want a very scientific definition, researchers at the University of Kentucky explain it as all the meiotically and mitotically inherited changes in gene expression that are not encoded on the DNA sequence itself. (Meiotically and mitotically refer to types of cell division.)

Now let’s go to a Q and A format here since it’s easier to read…

Q: How is it possible that there can be genetic changes without affecting the DNA?

A: If the chromatin proteins in the cell are modified at the histone location, the DNA sequence is not affected at all.

 Q: What diseases show epigenetic modifications in the cells?

 A: Diabetes, obesity, and metabolic syndrome.

Q: Are there any positive epigenetic influences that may be made in the cells?

A: Yes, Nutrition and exercise affect the cells positively and do alter genes.

Q: Why are scientists so concerned about epigenetics now?

 A: It’s quite possible that in the future, coronary heart disease and peripheral vascular disease could be modified by making epigenetic changes in the fetus, the newborn and the individual. If it works for individuals, it can eventually make a difference for an entire population.

Q: During early development, the mother could be in a situation where she isn’t getting enough nutrition. She could also be getting too much nutrition and have excesses of nutrients. How can this affect the developing fetus?

A: Overnutrition and undernutrition have effects on the setting of the neuroendocrine control systems, energy homeostasis and metabolism and can lead to life-long increased morbidity. There are time windows during early development where environmental cues can program the genes, modifying them.

Q: Isn’t it better to have too much nutrition than too little when a mother is pregnant?

A: Either one of these situations cause potential problems by reprogramming disease into the genes. Obesity – overnutrition – may predispose the child to develop metabolic disease later in life. About 10 to 20% of all pregnancies unfortunately are affected negatively by gestational diabetes and/or maternal obesity.

Q: What types of mothers are most at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes or metabolic disorders in their babies?

A: Mothers who have Gestational diabetes and mother who have low birthweight infants.

 Q: Why is it the changes that occur in the mother’s body during Gestational diabetes end up causing Type 2 diabetes for the child’s life?

A: When there is Gestational diabetes, the secretion of insulin is reduced as is the action of the insulin. This then starts to reset the genes. There are Type 2 diabetes susceptibility genes that the mother and her baby will then share.

This is information that may help you understand the topic in the future.

Sources: Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand 2014 Sep 1. Epub ahead of print. Reproduction 2014 Sep 3. Epub ahead of print.Mol Biol Rep 2014 Sep 10. Epub ahead of print.


Beverleigh H Piepers RN
Type 2 Diabetes Health Coach

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Posted by Beverleigh H Piepers RN, Dated 9-3-2015
Human liver anatomy...

Human liver anatomy…

One thing the pharmaceutical industry is lax on in their media reports and training to doctors, is the side effects and the harm that is caused in the body. And today’s report is about some drugs that cause fatty liver – but you were never warned.

So here’s the big problem – if a fatty liver is going to be a side effect of drugs, you aren’t going to know until your liver enzymes start climbing. And if you’re in between medical visits, you may be continually accumulating fat in your liver at a high rate for an entire year or more. The earlier the condition is found, the easier it is to reverse. But if you end up waiting until hepatitis sets in – from no fault of your own – then you are in a much more precarious position. You have to expend a lot more work to reverse the situation.

And really, who has time to add one more thing to the daily schedule?

.A human fatty liver..

.A human fatty liver..

Here’s a list of five drugs that cause a fatty liver – you should know about them because your doctor will most likely blame obesity, overweight and your diet on the condition before he’ll admit the statin drugs or other drugs caused the fatty liver.

 List of Some Medications That Cause Fatty Liver…

1. Valproic acid – a medication given for anti-epilepsy

2. Antidepressants

3. Indinavir – a medication for HIV

4. High dosage of intravenous tetracycline

5. Birth control pills

Who told women birth control pills would cause fatty liver? Who told depressed people they could develop fatty liver when they administered these antidepressant drugs? And don’t people with epilepsy have enough on their plate than to also now have to worry about fatty liver disease?

You know, the least the doctors could do is emphasize to their patients it is IMPERATIVE to start eating healthy salads daily so they can avoid the development of fatty liver.

Beverleigh H Piepers RN
Type 2 Diabetes Health Coach

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Posted by Beverleigh H Piepers RN, Dated 10-2-2015

If you’re still asking this question as a person diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, you can put aside any of your reservations and start taking action.

Portrait of a happy fit young couple with water bottles over whiWeight loss will REALLY help you,” say researchers, P.A. Ades and P.D. Savage, reporting in the journal Progressive Cardiovascular Disease in January of 2014. In their own words, “Intentional weight loss, accomplished through behavioral weight loss and exercise, improved insulin sensitivity and associated cardio-metabolic risk factors such as lipid measures, blood pressure, measures of inflammation and vascular function, both in healthy individuals and patients with cardiovascular heart disease.”

This of course means from weight loss you can expect lower blood sugar levels, lower cholesterol levels, lower triglyceride levels, lower blood pressure, and lower CRP levels that mark inflammation. With lower blood sugar levels, you can ultimately eliminate your diabetes medication (with the aid of your doctor).

With lower cholesterol levels and lower triglyceride levels, your statin drugs can go bye-bye and with it, a lot of your fatigue and muscle soreness when you don’t work out so hard. With lower and normal blood pressure readings, there’s no need to be on blood pressure medications.

And with lower inflammation in your body, there’s less time during the day you’re going to feel as if a Mack truck is compressing you against a wall, causing pain in every part of your body.

And there’s more. The researchers also reported intentional weight loss prevents the onset of heart disease in high-risk overweight individuals. Prevention is always a difficult thing to understand, as there’s not much reinforcement for doing something. If you don’t have heart disease, you want to prevent it, but really, how strong is the fear to drive you to take action? The key to action is decision-making and commitment to the goal. Once the decision becomes a habit, you’re on your way to achieve your goal.

 Will weight loss really help you? The answer is yes. Even those 10 extra pounds can make your life miserable without you realizing it, and once those pounds come off, you’ll see exactly what you’ve been missing.

Source: Ades, P.A. and Savage, P.D. Potential benefits of weight loss in coronary heart disease. Prog Cardiovasc Dis 2014 Jan-Feb; 56 (4): 448-56.

Beverleigh H Piepers RN
Type 2 Diabetes Health Coach

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