Archive for November, 2010

Diabetes has many complications.  Diabetes is where there is too much sugar in the blood.  Poor blood sugar control can trigger nerve disease.  Whether you are 18 years old and just got found out you have diabetes because you are overweight, or are 70 years old and have had diabetes for ten years, poor blood sugar control can trigger nerve disease, also called neuropathy.

There are 3 main types of neuropathy (peripheral, focal, and autonomic) which affect people with diabetes.     Peripheral neuropathy is the type most people have heard of.  It can cause pain, tingling, weakness, or the loss of feeling in the legs, feet, toes, arms, hands, or fingers.   Peripheral neuropathy is what most people have heard about because the drug companies want you to know they can help alleviate some of the symptoms (but not the cause).  Focal neuropathy can come on rapidly and can also clear up.    Autonomic neuropathy affects what doesn’t require conscious thought.  It affects your digestion, sexual function, and bladder control.  There is something called gastroparesis, which is caused by damage to the nerves which control what happens to your food and how long food stays in your stomach before it moves into your small intestine.  This affects 5-12% of people with diabetes.  It’s also what you won’t hear much about from doctors and drug companies.

Poor blood sugar control triggers neuropathy, no matter what your age and no matter how long you have had diabetes.   If your blood sugars are always over 200, what are you waiting for?

Let’s get to work.  Preventing diabetes complications requires taking action.  Like learning what to eat and how certain types of foods raise your blood sugar more than others.  If your doctor is not talking with you about what neuropathy will do to you, then I recommend 2 things:  start interviewing doctors who will help you prevent neuropathy and start learning today about how to control your blood sugar.

I’m working to develop simple to use educational tools for you.  My belief is that if you have diabetes – or prediabetes – it’s easy to do the right thing when you know what to do.  To learn what to do, check out our groundbreaking course.

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Thanksgiving Day.….

A day to give thanks for all that we have in our lives.  A day to give thanks for our family and friends.   A day to share our abundance with others.  A day to enjoy old and new traditions.

As you sit down to your Thanksgiving meal today, give thanks for living in a country where children can play outside without fear.  Give thanks for the choices we have every day.  Be thankful for having choices to make about what to eat.  Be thankful for the abundance in your life – friends, laughter, clean water.  Enjoy the simplicity of listening to your own breath while sitting quietly watching the cardinals in the back yard or the leaves falling from the trees.

I am thankful for so many things this year.  Let’s enjoy this day with family and friends.  As you sit down to your healthy feast today, remember to say a prayer for our American soldiers as they protect our freedom away from their own family and friends today.

My Thanksgiving Day healthy eating tip to you is this:  choose to eat small servings of your favorite dishes, including the carbohydrates like dressing, cranberry sauce, dinner rolls, and pie, instead of big servings.  If you want seconds, have them a couple of hours later, so you spread out the carbohydrates  throughout the day.  If it is not snowing where you are today, then start a new Thanksgiving Day tradition and take a family walk after dinner and before dessert.  The extra exercise will help balance out the extra carbs you’ll be eating today.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

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I hear people all the time say to me, “There’s nothing I can do about getting diabetes.” Nothing could be further from the truth.  Diabetes is preventable.  November is American Diabetes Month ( and it is our opportunity to talk about the 57 million Americans with prediabetes, who if nothing is done, will most likely develop diabetes.

The problem is that doctors are overwhelmed with patients who already have diabetes and its many complications that they spend very little, if any, time with their patients with prediabetes helping them to not to develop diabetes.

If you know someone with prediabetes, sometimes called “borderline” diabetes, then what you need to know is that not taking action is the best way to ensure they get diabetes.  What we know is that if you have prediabetes, then if you make no changes to the food you eat and the amount of exercise you get, then it really is a matter of “when” not “if” you progress to diabetes.  However, when you start making changes, beginning with the easy ones that can help you get to a healthier weight if you are overweight or obese, then you are in a great position to not develop diabetes.

Are you ready to get to work and save yourself thousands of dollars along the way by not getting diabetes, not having to go on expensive medicines, perhaps even insulin injections, and not having lots of extra doctor visits and doctor bills?  If you were asking me that question, the answer is a no-brainer.  So let’s get to work and end the ignorance and illiteracy surrounding prediabetes.  When you know how to prevent diabetes, it’s easy.

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American Diabetes Month, held in November of each year, is a chance to reflect and regroup (

If you have diabetes, do you know your ABCs? Are they under control?  If you live with someone with diabetes, do they know about the diabetes ABCs?  If your husband or wife has diabetes, you need to know just as much.  If you’re like most married people, one of you does more of the shopping and the cooking and you share meals together.

If your A1C is 7% or higher, if your blood pressure is 130/80 or higher, or if your LDL cholesterol is 100 or higher, then let’s end the illiteracy and get to work.  Controlling diabetes begins with learning about your diabetes ABCs, then making small changes one at a time to get your numbers to their target goals.  Ready to get to work?  Let’s do it together.

My name is Nancy Heinrich.  I’ve been teaching people how to successfully and easily get their diabetes ABCs under control in simple lessons.  I promise you that when you know what to do, it’s easy.  Join me for the Healthy Diabetes Coach coaching program and succeed.

Don’t forget the huge ‘American Diabetes Month’ Special offer – 25-55% off the ‘Healthy Diabetes Coach’ Program

Limited Offer – good till midnight 30th November.

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Stop the Presses:-

American Diabetes Month Special

Offer Ends – Midnight EST – 30 November 2010

We feel that it is so important to get our educational and coaching materials in your hands that we have taken our normal pricing and slashed it between 25 -55%.

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Limited Time Only –  Offer Ends – Midnight EST – 30 November 2010

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