Diabetes Connections Blog

Talking about all things related to preventing and reversing type 2 diabetes.

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Weight Loss Success Strategies for Women over 40

By Karen Marschel

Weight loss success often requires a different approach for women over 40! The struggles are real. You are not alone. Losing weight is hard. But . . . . often times we get in our own way. Consider these strategies to set yourself up for success!   1.  Practice thinking of yourself and your health…

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5 Questions about Drinking Water for Wellness

By Karen Marschel

How much water would you say you drink? I love water but I still don’t think I drink enough on a consistent basis.  Occasionally I have clients who really don’t like water at all and drink almost no water. And I wonder – what harm could that be doing to the body? There are not…

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Are you struggling with the stress of managing diabetes?

By Karen Marschel

How do you react to the stress of managing diabetes? Do you fight or flight?    Whether you are trying to prevent, manage or reverse type 2 diabetes, there is one certainty . . . It is stressful.  What to eat, what not to eat, trying to get motivated or find time to exercise, worrying…

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How to avoid toxins that can increase diabetes risk.

By Karen Marschel

Are you getting toxins from your cookware?  Many years ago I learned not to buy the cheap non-stick pans where the black coating starts to wear off. But recently I attended a webinar about detoxification and was provided a very helpful resource on safe cookware. That made me dive into this topic of toxins that…

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Are you aware of how diabetes attacks your teeth?

By Karen Marschel

In 2 weeks, I have my 6-month cleaning at the dentist. Luckily, I have not had any problems for many years but as a kid I didn’t see a dentist until probably 7 or 8 and I must not have had good habits for brushing my teeth because I had about 8 teeth that needed…

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Are resistant starch foods good for diabetes?

By Karen Marschel

What is resistant starch and is it good for diabetes? Have you ever heard of resistant starch foods? Resistant starch is a type of fiber that can’t be digested in the small intestine. That’s where most foods including starch is digested and absorbed, and then enters our blood stream. Resistant starch goes to the large…

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7 Things a good diabetes weight loss program should have

By Karen Marschel

Weight loss is hard.  . . . . . . Managing diabetes is even harder. Diabetes weight loss together can feel so overwhelming you just want to give up. I want to share with you 7 things I think an effective diabetes weight loss program should have. These come from a combination of reviewing research,…

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10 vitamin C foods to add to your winter meal plan

By Karen Marschel

Vitamin C is an important antioxidant for fighting against disease and boosts our immune system. Keeping our immune system strong is more important these days than ever.  If you have diabetes that alone can make your immune system weaker. So why not just take a supplement? For one, if you take more than 1000 mg…

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5 Reasons to Add Brussels Sprouts to your Meal Plan

By Karen Marschel

If you are trying to eat more low carb veggies for better blood sugars, brussels sprouts are a great choice. But they likely aren’t one of the most popular vegetables. I used to hate brussels sprouts. I don’t think I ever had them as a kid and then my only exposure as an adult was…

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