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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

Facebook: DrugFreeType2Diabetes
Twitter: @diabetes2diva


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

Facebook: DrugFreeType2Diabetes
Twitter: @diabetes2diva


Posted by Beverleigh H Piepers RN, Dated 17-7-2014

We all make mistakes on our diet at one time or another. For example, if you go to Mexico and pick up a parasite, the diarrhea is so unpleasant you may start to shy away from eating for a while. This then affects your nutrient status.

Or maybe you experience a strong reaction to a good meal, such as when you’re in a restaurant and someone at the table tells you some very unpleasant news – like they want a divorce or something equally devastating. Since your mind records everything that’s happening at the time and lumps it all together as an unpleasant experience, the chances are good the next time you view that steak meal with spinach salad on the menu, you won’t order it.

The bottom line is we are constantly adapting to what’s happening in life. And fortunately or unfortunately, we are making nutritional choices that are affecting every cell in our body. Every habit you have – and every time you try to cut corners on your nutrition, you will end up altering your nutrient status in some way, good or bad.

I see a lot of patients with Type 2 diabetes and it’s quite easy to track what they’re doing that contributed to their diabetes.

Citrus lemonade,summer drink.Today I spoke with a man in his late 30s. He was tall and lean, which is great. He was making efforts to stay in shape but his cholesterol level was high. When I asked what he was eating for breakfast, lunch and dinner, two meals passed with a fair rating. It was that breakfast that was causing him a lot of damage.

What was in the breakfast? It was homemade lemonade. That’s it. Nothing else. He made it with a squeezed lemon, water and sugar. He drank it daily.

How would this contribute to the development of insulin resistance and high blood sugar? Well, he’s giving himself an infusion of sugar water first thing in the morning. There’s nothing else in the meal to counter the rapid rise in blood sugar that would result from the drink, nor the rapid rise in insulin. High insulin sets certain biochemical pathways in motion – the ones that will cause the storage of fat for the next 18 hours. So he’s also headed for weight gain.

He’s also training his pancreas to react and overproduce insulin. When there’s a high dose of sugar at one time, what happens is the amount of insulin produced can be as much as four or five time higher than normal. Doing this over and over again is a clear path to Type 2 diabetes.

What are you doing that is causing diabetes? Chances are you just don’t know what it is…

Beverleigh H Piepers RN

Type 2 Diabetes Health Coach

Follow me on… Facebook: DrugFreeType2Diabetes
Twitter: @diabetes2diva

Exercise Is Just As Vital As Food Management to Lower Blood Sugar

Exercise Is Just As Vital As Food Management to Lower Blood Sugar
Posted by Beverleigh H Piepers RN, Dated 17-12-2013

PilatesWhen it comes to Type 2 diabetes management, many doctors, nurses and diabetes educators think food management is what will help a person with Type 2 diabetes successfully get their condition under control.

Whilst this is true, it is also only one half of what can really help to lower your blood sugar levels and reduce your belly fat.

Advising daily exercise for a diabetic should go hand in hand with dietary advice that usually teaches a Type 2 diabetic to be aware of how different sugars and carbohydrates affect blood sugar levels, and how much or how little fats and proteins to include in their eating plan.

It is a well-known fact a major side effect of exercising is a lower blood sugar level – exercise acts in a sense like an insulin shot. This is what most Type 2 diabetics, and pre-diabetics for that matter, are crying out for in their body. So, in some cases you won’t need any drugs (and their side effects) when you can have a healthier and safer option – daily exercise coupled with healthier eating.

Even if you have Type 2 diabetes coupled plus another health issue, if all you’re able to do is walk – then you should walk. The cells of the exercising muscles in your legs obviously have huge energy needs. In order to satisfy these needs, nature has devised a system by which muscles in motion are able to extract sugar from your blood much more efficiently than resting muscles.

The benefits gained from exercise are far too great to be avoided and should be included by health experts when advising Type 2 diabetics on ways to lower their blood sugar. It has been demonstrated repeatedly that exercising after eating when blood glucose levels are at their highest, lowers blood sugar. If walking after meals brings on chest pain, you should not walk immediately after eating. Instead you should wait a few hours before exercising.

Some great ways to exercise include…

  • walking outside in nature,
  • Pilates,
  • dancing,
  • jogging, or even
  • working outside in your garden.

To achieve the best results, plan to exercise five days a week for at least thirty minutes each time.

Even if your doctor, nurse or diabetes educator has not mentioned the need to exercise, it does not mean you should avoid it. It seems some medical people are more focused on the aspects of food alone, and do not look at the importance of taking into account how much exercise a person is currently including in their lifestyle plan.

In addition to treating Type 2 diabetes, exercise can also prevent it.


Beverleigh H Piepers RN
Type 2 Diabetes Health Coach

Follow me on… Facebook: DrugFreeType2Diabetes
Twitter: @diabetes2diva


Doctors May Be Onto Something With This Study…

Doctors May Be Onto Something With This Study…
Posted by admin, Dated 20-8-2013

Have you ever heard of Helicobacter pylori, or H. pylori for short? It’s the bacteria that causes ulcers.

bhp.diabetes.petrieYears ago when one researcher wrote about the ability of these bacteria to cause ulcers, his medical friends and colleagues laughed at him. At one time, he even consumed the bacteria to prove that it caused ulcers.

They still didn’t believe him.

The problem with H. pylori is that it infects about half of the population in the world, according to some estimates. It may be in your own flora.

And sometimes it causes ulcers while other times it doesn’t.

But surprisingly, the same bacteria can impact the immune system in a positive way, decreasing allergies, autoimmune disorders and controlling inflammation.

At Virginia Tech, researchers found that in mice, this bacterium offers benefits in obesity and Type 2 diabetes.

Specifically, the mice with the bacteria in their gut had less insulin resistance. But the bottom line was it really depended on the strain of the bacteria.

This new finding may get doctors and scientists to reconsider the harm they’re doing by wiping out bacteria in the body with antibiotics. Because antibiotics wipe out these bacteria, they may also be causing insulin resistance in the long run.

Interesting, isn’t it?

More Researchers Exposed for Bad Research on Sugar

More Researchers Exposed for Bad Research on Sugar
Posted by admin, Dated 14-8-2013

bhp.diabetes.milkA recent study conducted at the University of Central Florida examined people who drank low-fat milk with sugar or high fructose corn syrup every day for ten weeks.

The researchers found the fat in their liver didn’t increase and there wasn’t any insulin resistance seen in the volunteers.

The researchers concluded that what the American Medical Association physicians have been saying for all these years is correct. You can consume sweeteners like high fructose corn syrup or sugar and it’s safe.

Oh, really!

Can you see their mistakes? It just really concerns me when I see such preposterous conclusions. What are these researchers thinking?

Their design of the research is flawed from the start. First of all, when Americans consume high fructose corn syrup or sugar, they don’t put it in their milk. And if they did, they wouldn’t be putting it in low-fat milk; they’d go for a higher fat content in the milk.

Secondly, in the real world the people would have used those sweetened drinks on the market, not milk. By adding milk to the diets of the volunteers, they already added more nutrients to the diet of the volunteers. They increased the protein, the calcium that affects hormone production and vitamin D levels too. Milk also has other nutrients in it and is a wholesome food.

On the other side, the high fructose corn syrup drinks on the market don’t have protein in them, or vitamin D or calcium or other nutrients. Do you see how this research is flawed from the start?

And the third big mistake is only letting the study go for 10 weeks. It takes much more time for the body to develop disease.

So, do I believe it? No, not at all. I’m sticking to my guns about high fructose corn syrup causing fatty liver disease in rats and humans.

Pre-Diabetes Question: How Does A Pre-Diabetic Not Become A Diabetic?

Pre-Diabetes Question: How Does A Pre-Diabetic Not Become A Diabetic?
Posted by Beverleigh Piepers RN, Dated 23-5-2013

There are two ways you can start reversing the trend of your body towards becoming a diabetic:

1. Start exercising.

2. Start making dietary changes.

To start exercising, you may want to kick-off with a simple 15 or 20-minute walk the dog session every day. This is a relatively easy thing to do and you will increase the bonding you have to your dog, man’s best friend.

When you start exercising, the good thing that happens is the muscles start taking up the blood sugar out of the blood. This is exactly what you need. Insulin resistance is seen in pre-diabetics and it means the muscles are stubbornly refusing to take in the blood sugar. This is why insulin levels end up so high – the pancreas tries to take extra measures to get the blood sugar into the cells, and insulin is a hormone that allows blood sugar to enter cells.

Even if you simply jump up and down for 2 minutes about 30 minutes after you eat, you will get the blood sugar into the muscle cells. The type of exercise really doesn’t matter much; it’s the exercise that is responsible for the change in blood sugar levels.

Exercise trains your body to put the blood sugar in the cells where it belongs.

Research studies show Type 2 diabetics who don’t exercise have higher blood sugar levels than those who do. So plan your exercise for the week today.

 Next is diet. If all you did was remove foods from your home that have sugar and artificial sweeteners in them, you’ll be making a huge step towards reversing your pre-diabetes.

And the beauty of this is that you will also be losing weight.

How Can A Diabetic Boost Metabolism? Part 7 (and last in this series)

How Can A Diabetic Boost Metabolism? Part 7 (and last in this series)
Posted by Beverleigh Piepers RN, Dated 3-4-2011

We’re blessed to live in this age of information technology because there are so many answers to all types of problems literally right before us. The answers are in the studies. They’re also in the inventions.

One of those answers to boosting metabolism is finding substances in nature that can turn off the genes that are producing the proteins and enzymes that create more insulin and more fat storage.

In the past 5 years, a substance from the Japanese knotweed plant called resveretrol was discovered to reverse the biochemistry that causes fat storage and insulin pumping as well as insulin resistance. It creates a shift in the biochemical pathways that make these enzymes and proteins that keep you fat and diabetic.

Not only did resveretrol work its magic on diabetic animals but it also stimulated production of the enzymes and proteins that were related to longevity. Resveretrol in some way was resetting the genes for living a long life.

There are so many different substances that may be found that can help you in your pursuit of a higher metabolism. For example, vitamin D does the same thing. It can influence the production of those proteins and enzymes that cause the expression of over 100 different diseases. That’s a lot of health going on! And to think we’ve been taught that the sun’s rays were so harmful! We must think again and reconsider!

One of the best habits you can develop is the pursuit of new knowledge about your health. Sure, it’s possible that your brain may not be able to comprehend it all the first time you read it. That’s to be expected and that’s how people learn. It can be uncomfortable when reading something that you don’t understand but just stay tuned into the goal … finding the treasures of info that is out there to help you. You don’t have to remember all the information … just the good stuff that helps you.

The Serious Consequences of Insulin Resistance!

The Serious Consequences of Insulin Resistance!
Posted by Beverleigh Piepers RN, Dated 26-11-2009

Insulin is a hormone produced by the beta cells in your pancreas and is secreted into your bloodstream to help normalize your blood sugar levels following a meal. It helps transfer glucose or sugar into your muscle and fat cells where it is used as a fuel or energy source. Insulin resistance occurs when insulin is unable to do its job of transferring sugars from your blood stream into your muscle and fat cells. Sugar then builds up in your blood stream and gradually leads to type 2 diabetes and increases the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Therefore, insulin resistance (IR) is a medical condition waiting to explode; it will always have a measured impact of severity. Everyone who has type 2 diabetes has resistance to insulin, although not everyone who is insulin resistant has diabetes … yet!

Insulin resistance is a complex entity and is also responsible for:

  • the metabolic syndrome
  • polycystic ovarian syndrome
  • playing a large role with high blood pressure, gout, and cholesterol abnormalities

It involves a spectrum of conditions and usually starts with:

  • anyone who is obese with a BMI (body mass index) greater than 25
  • males with a waist more than 40 inches (100 cm) or females with a waist greater than 35 inches (90 cm)
  • people with close family members having type 2 diabetes

Despite the fact there is an association between insulin resistance and genetics, it may also be acquired. There is a very obvious connection between insulin resistance and obesity. The good news is it is very responsive to changes in your diet and lifestyle.

Insulin resistance is often seen with a diagnosis of pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes, a history of:

  • high blood pressure
  • low HDL or good cholesterol (HDL for females lower than 50 or males less than 40)
  • high triglyceride levels
  • expanding waist measurement

Therefore the pattern or warning signs for type 2 diabetes are any gradual changes over the years, in the above four measurements.Type 2 diabetes is often not diagnosed until the diabetic has a heart attack … why not ask your health care provider to check your fasting blood sugar levels and stay one step ahead?