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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
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

Facebook: DrugFreeType2Diabetes
Twitter: @diabetes2diva

Is All Water the Same?

Is All Water the Same?
Posted by Beverleigh Piepers RN, Dated 10-5-2013

As a Type 2 diabetic, you have to be concerned with what goes in your body. One of the things many people seem to forget is water is important and the type of water that goes into your body is important.

The best water for your body is purified water. This means the water has to be run through a carbon filter to remove chemicals and pesticides. Tap water is purified to an extent but it needs to be purified more, right at your tap. This is why many people have resorted to point-of-use filters.

Point-of-use filters are water filters attached to the kitchen faucet. There are many varieties of these filters. The simplest filter removes only particulate matter from the water flowing through the faucet. Surprisingly, even large particles of paper can be found in the tap water. The local water company tries its best to get these out of the water but a certain amount are still left in the water.

This simple filter isn’t enough to purify your water. You see, water has chlorine added to it for purification at the water company and this chlorine needs to be removed because it is linked to heart disease. As a Type 2 diabetic, you can’t take a chance that you will develop heart disease; diabetes already sets you up for it.

So you need that basic carbon filter from a point-of-use water filtration system.

Carbon has been used for many years in the military as a method to purify water from chemicals. It’s safe. But there’s something else you have to remember – you have to replace the carbon filter from time to time. When you read the instructions on your filter, do follow their recommendations. Otherwise, the carbon filter becomes so saturated with chemicals that it cannot do its work any more.

Shower filters are another good way to purify your water. It is said by experts you get more water into your body via breathing the water vapor in the shower than drinking so make sure you get a carbon filter for your shower as well.

These two steps will start to restore your health.

But there’s one more thing to do: bless the water before you drink it or use it in cooking. Studies actually show that blessing the water changes its molecular structure! All for the good!

What Conditions Might Vitamin C Benefit?

What Conditions Might Vitamin C Benefit?
Posted by Beverleigh Piepers RN, Dated 19-2-2013

Here is more useful information on the benefits of Vitamin C…

Natural healing experts have had plenty of decades to discover when Vitamin C helps their patients the most. See if you would have predicted this antioxidant, skin and connective tissue-building vitamin would help these conditions below…

1. Diabetes
2. Heart disease, including hardening of the arteries and angina
3. Cystitis, inflammation of the bladder
4. High cholesterol
5. Easy bruising
6. Mental illness such as schizophrenia, and to decrease stress
7. Gum disease and pyorrhea
8. Infections including colds, flu, conjunctivitis, ear infections, tuberculosis, boils, croup, furuncles, impetigo, carbuncles, chicken pox, shingles, meningitis and polio
9. Skin disorders such as eczema, athlete’s foot, burns, psoriasis and hemorrhoids
10. Any inflammation in the organs such as colitis, prostatitis, hepatitis, gastritis and arthritis

And there’s probably an additional list of 100 more conditions!

Vitamin C even helped kids recover from prickly heat rash…

When you’re a mom, one thing you admire most about your baby is his or her very beautiful skin. When your baby develops prickly heat rash, it looks ugly compared to how beautiful your baby’s skin could look.

In the 1970s, there was a study on the effects of Vitamin C and prickly heat rash in children. Thirty children with the rash were involved in the study. The scientists divided the children into two groups – those who received sugar pills and those who received 250 mg Vitamin C.

In two weeks, 10 of the 15 children in the Vitamin C group were totally free of the prickly heat rash, compared to only four in the placebo group. Actually in the placebo group, 2 children worsened.

All the children were healed from the prickly heat rash within a few months.

Mildred and Helen’s Decline: What Caused It?

Mildred and Helen’s Decline: What Caused It?
Posted by Beverleigh Piepers RN, Dated 5-12-2012

Now that you’ve had a chance to think about why Mildred and Helen’s health declined, let’s examine what happened on a physiological basis.

Fact: Mildred and Helen had good health before starting to eat out at the family restaurant a few times a week.

Fact: Mildred and Helen did not have any signs of dementia prior to developing their new habit.

What caused their rapid decline? The answer was the advanced glycation endproducts found in the foods they were eating.

Processed foods are high in advanced glycation endproducts, better known as AGEs. These AGEs accelerate aging faster than anything!

A processed food could have thousands of AGEs in it, as compared to a raw apple or orange with less than 30 AGEs in it.

A hot dog could contain 10,000 AGEs or more! The same is true of a slice of pizza! With this very high level, it’s impossible to combat the ravages of aging.

AGEs are responsible for the acceleration of these diseases:

• Type 2 diabetes and diabetes complications
• heart disease
• cancer
• dementia
• arthritis
• other degenerative disorders

The longer food sits under the hot lights, the longer that food is producing AGEs. AGEs are absorbed in your body via your digestive tract. From there the AGEs travel throughout your entire body, selecting any and all organs to cause problems. AGEs combine with DNA and render it dysfunctional.

Slowly by slowly, but consistently, the AGEs destroy major functioning of the body’s organs. With Mildred and Helen, the AGEs went right to their brain, bringing with ithem dementia.

The moral of the story is to never eat foods that have been sitting out under hot lights for a long period of time. Unless food is prepared within minutes of eating it, don’t eat it or you’ll end up like Mildred and Helen.

More on Drug Warnings for Diabetics

More on Drug Warnings for Diabetics
Posted by Beverleigh Piepers RN, Dated 17-1-2012

I’m always amazed at the number of drugs that are prescribed to diabetics and cause the complications that diabetics normally get. For example, some cholesterol-lowering drugs can cause heart attack and stroke.

This sounds like a health conundrum to me. If your goal is to create a drug that lowers cholesterol and it does lower the cholesterol 10 to 15%, but also makes a person susceptible to heart attack and stroke, where is the good?

The purpose of lowering one’s cholesterol is to not end up with heart disease. There’s an implied assumption that if you lower cholesterol, you will not get heart disease and die from a heart attack or stroke.

The connection between high cholesterol and heart disease is assumed to be one carved in stone. However, the American Medical Association simply saw a simple connection between cholesterol and heart disease many years ago – before the research into the connection really started. They made recommendations based on a hunch. At that early time, cholesterol levels were allowed to be a lot higher than what they are now.

Throughout the years, the doctors went after the cholesterol with all guns out. They were determined to get the bad guy. This was even before they accepted there were different types of cholesterol. They lowered their recommended levels again and again. Now the level for total cholesterol is thought to be 200 mg/dL whereas before, it might have been 250 mg/dL or 300 mg/dL. And still, the population is ridden with heart disease. Heart disease remains a top killer.

In other words, it really didn’t work. And that’s because the experts didn’t consider the other factors.

High cholesterol levels are only a problem when blood sugar levels are high.

Using the anti-cholesterol medication on everyone with high cholesterol became possible because the population was convinced of the old research that there is a tie between high cholesterol and heart attacks and stroke.

The results were that many more people became exposed to the statin drugs and other cholesterol medications than they should have been exposed to. And that means more side effects were seen.

One statin drug was pulled off the market because it caused the rapid breakdown of muscles, which led to kidney disease and death.

Be very careful about the drugs you agree to take. Many people can simply open their mouth and say they don’t want to risk x, y or z side effects from a drug and the doctor will say okay, I will find something else. It may be that simple.

But your best way out is always to use a natural alternative to the medications.

Find out more tomorrow about Avandia and why it was pulled off the market.

How to Keep From Being Negative about Your Diabetes, Part 2

How to Keep From Being Negative about Your Diabetes, Part 2
Posted by Beverleigh Piepers RN, Dated 15-8-2011

The main reason why you should be positive about your own reversal of Type 2 diabetes is there are natural remedies that will help you obtain what you seek. On the other hand, even technology could one day help you reverse your diabetes.

It’s entirely possible stem cell research could one day provide an answer. Stem cells are the original cells your body uses to make other new cells. For example, the pulp in the middle of your own tooth contains stem cells that one day soon will regenerate cells of the nervous system.

The cells of the pancreas are no different than other cells in the body; they come from stem cells. So what do you think happens when stem cells are introduced into a body in need of a pancreas?

They will potentially create new pancreas cells and a new pancreas, one that regulates its own insulin as if you never had the disease.

As a matter of fact, scientists have now been able to produce insulin-secreting cells from cord blood! The term “cord blood” means umbilical cord blood.

Now before you get your imagination going wild about scientists dressed in black appearing in the labor and delivery departments to get the umbilical cords, think about this:  for every 5000 births, scientists report only one umbilical cord is needed to help an entire population. But I couldn’t find out what size population they were giving us estimates on.

Nevertheless, it’s not just the umbilical cords that stem cells can be made to reverse Type 2 diabetes.

If you receive injections of your own stem cells if you have developed heart disease, your own body’s cells may just reverse your heart disease. And you already know how diabetes is closely tied with heart disease. This is more good news! Are you getting excited YET?

So today’s major way to get out of your negativity about diabetes is this:  start reading online about natural remedies for Type 2 diabetes and what’s on the horizon from technology. You will be absolutely amazed! Guaranteed.