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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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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

Follow me on… Facebook: DrugFreeType2Diabetes
Twitter: @diabetes2diva

Beverleigh H Piepers RN

March 17, 2014


You really have more choice than you may realize for your Type 2 diabetes. All the habits you have with regard to exercise, diet and supplements as well as personal hygiene will greatly influence your health and impact your diabetes.

If you read all the articles on this blog, you’ll have nothing but hope and a plan of what you’re going to do to cause your body to give up the diabetes. But if you decide to do nothing with that information, you’ll be marching down the path towards diabetic complications – every one of them!

The Pancreas

The Pancreas

One of the latest technological developments on the path of diabetic complications is a pancreas ‘transplant’ or pancreas regeneration. It’s the islet cells of the pancreas that cause the production of insulin.

Scientists at several major U.S. hospitals and colleges have collaborated and concluded the ideal transplant/regeneration efforts should be with the pancreas islet cells, not the liver. There are natural times in life when the islet cells grow in mass – during pregnancy and in obesity.

So what the scientists did was simulated a regeneration of the Beta cells of the pancreas (islet cells) in a baboon. They first destroyed the baboon’s pancreas with ultrasound. Next the animals received a gene cocktail. They chose this because in rats that drink the cocktail, the rats’ pancreas cells grow back quite well and then the insulin levels return to normal. In fact, so do the C-peptide levels as well as the blood sugar levels.

You might be wondering what’s in the cocktail? It’s a scientific cocktail made of CDK, GLP1, and cyclinD2.

The scientists were successful and the baboon grew back the pancreas and the beta cells were restored.

What wonderful news this is!

But still, you have to consider what are the lifestyle habits you are engaging in right now that are causing you to have Type 2 diabetes in the first place?

Some of the institutions where this type of work is being done include:

  • Baylor Heart and Vascular Institute, Dallas
  • University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
  • Tesas Biomedical Research Institute in San Antonio
  • The 2nd Affiliated Hospital of Zhejiang University College of Medicine in Zhejiang Province

Source:  Chen, S., et al. Successful B-cells islet regeneration in streptozotocin-induced diabetic baboons using ultrasound-targeted microbubble gene therapy with cyclin D2/CDK4?GLP1. Cell Cycle 2014 Feb 10,13(7).

Beverleigh H Piepers RN
Type 2 Diabetes Health Coach

Follow me on… Facebook: DrugFreeType2Diabetes
Twitter: @diabetes2diva

Pre-Diabetes Question: Will Pre-Diabetes Affect Sex and Sex Drive?

Pre-Diabetes Question: Will Pre-Diabetes Affect Sex and Sex Drive?
Posted by Beverleigh Piepers RN, Dated 24-5-2013

Pre-diabetes won’t cause impotency but the longer your blood sugar level is higher than normal, you must realize those high levels of blood sugar have to go somewhere. Where do they go?

Blood sugar is deposited on nerves throughout the body.  This is why people get peripheral neuropathy. When excess blood sugar goes to the eyes, you get cataracts. When it goes to the area of the penis, then blood sugar gets deposited on the nerves of the penis.

This ends up interfering with how the penis works, just as when a person has peripheral neuropathy and can’t feel where his feet are in space.

If you value your sex life, start making the changes that have to be made to reverse your diabetes.

The top five changes are:

1. Lose weight if you are overweight.

2. Take sugar and sweeteners out of your diet.

3. Start exercising.

4. Start monitoring your blood sugar level with a blood sugar kit daily… so you can identify what’s getting you off track.

5. Consider using supplements and herbs.

What Substances Help You Absorb Vitamin C?

What Substances Help You Absorb Vitamin C?
Posted by Beverleigh Piepers RN, Dated 17-2-2013

Now that you know there are antagonists of Vitamin C, it’s also important to know how to save your body’s Vitamin C stores and keep your levels high.

There are four primary ways to ensure you absorb the maximum amount of Vitamin C in your supplement:

1. Don’t take ascorbic acid by itself. Make sure it always includes bioflavonoids, rutin, hesperidin and quercetin, members of the Vitamin C complex that increases absorption.

2. Take your Vitamin C when you take your calcium. Calcium will actually help your body utilize the vitamin C from your food and supplements.

3. Take your Vitamin C when you take your magnesium. Magnesium, like calcium will help your body utilize vitamin C, too.

4. Take your Vitamin C along with your other vitamins and minerals. Don’t take it by itself. Like most other vitamins and minerals, Vitamin C needs healthy foods – and other supplements – to be present for maximum absorption.

When You Use Health Remedies, Remember These Top Two Tips!

When You Use Health Remedies, Remember These Top Two Tips!
Posted by Beverleigh Piepers RN, Dated 23-4-2012

Health remedies are being shared more than ever and the secrets of attaining health for almost any condition are more alive now than ever before. You can find them everywhere – in the scientific literature, in books, in eBooks, in Wikipedia, and from neighbors and friends. Even on Facebook and on forums!

But the problem is that many people try a natural remedy and then find that it doesn’t work… and then give up the idea that all natural remedies work! Some of them are so embarrassed the one they chose didn’t work they then start criticizing all natural remedies and saying that anyone who promotes a natural remedy is a trickster or a fraud!

These people aren’t legitimate, they say.

Certainly there are frauds in every field. Even in the medical field! I often think about the fraudulent research studies that are released each and every day, and these research scientists are rarely exposed!

But the problem is if you know nothing about natural remedies and you choose one at random, you’re like a fraudulent research scientist who runs a research study on knee pain with participants who don’t have it in the first place. There’s a mismatch of the solution for the person.

Here are two top tips about what to remember when you select and/or use natural remedies.

1. Health remedies are seldom successful on their own. Think about the efficacy of the trampoline exercise discussed yesterday for high blood pressure, compared to the efficacy of the trampoline exercise along with a low sodium diet, losing weight, and herbs that have been shown to reduce blood pressure. Which do you think will work better?

2. Read up to a dozen remedies for the same illness before you try any of them. The reason why this is important is because by reading remedies, it’s as if you are on a treasure hunt. Every little remedy you find you will think is your answer – at first. But having 12 remedies allows you to add an aspect of intuition and select the top ones that feel best to you.

Should Diabetics, Type 1 and Type 2, Take Multivitamin Supplements?

Should Diabetics, Type 1 and Type 2, Take Multivitamin Supplements?
Posted by Beverleigh Piepers RN, Dated 23-2-2010

When it comes to nutrition, there’s never a one-size-fits-all type of supplement. Supplement manufacturers will lead people to believe that everyone should take a one-a-day vitamin and when they do, they will get all the vitamins and minerals they need. This couldn’t be farther from the truth!

Babies have different requirements for vitamins and minerals than do teenagers. Teenagers have different needs than adults. You may have already noticed that teenagers can eat constantly without gaining an ounce of weight while most adults breathe in the fumes of foods and seem to gain pounds or kilograms. The metabolic rate of teens is higher than that of an adult.

When you compare two adults to each other, there still is a difference in the amount of vitamins and minerals that each one needs. One adult may have recently had surgery and needs more protein and vitamins and minerals that repair the skin such as vitamin A, C, E, zinc, and omega-3. The other adult may have osteoporosis and needs more calcium, magnesium, vitamin D, phosphorus, boron, vitamin C, manganese and strontium. So one size doesn’t ever fit all.

But the fact is that these multi-vitamins/minerals can at least provide a basic foundation for you to get the bottom line nutrients that you need. A multiple won’t make up for deficiencies of vitamins and minerals that you may have, but sometimes just providing the basic needs will be enough to make a person feel better.

The best type of multivitamin/mineral is never one that is taken once a day. There’s a reason for this. Nutrients need to be taken during the daytime in divided dosages to absorb the proper amount. Your intestinal tract cells can only absorb a few hundred milligrams of calcium at one time, so taking 1000 mg all in one dosage will never help you overcome osteoporosis! A manganese deficiency that leaves your joints aching all day long will respond quicker to two dosages of 30 mg manganese chelate than one dosage.

The best type of multivitamin is one that you must take three times a day. Depending on the company that manufactured it, you may need to take two or three capsules three times daily. So get used to it! Taking a multivitamin/mineral supplement is a great habit for diabetics to get into.