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Straight Talk About Diabetes


Hey there! Today, let’s have a heart-to-heart conversation about a health issue that affects millions of people worldwide – diabetes. It’s crucial to understand just how serious this condition is and how it can significantly impact our lives. However, the good news is that we have the power to prevent it. So, grab a cup of 

coffee or your favorite unsweetened beverage, and let’s dive into the world of diabetes and the ways we can take charge of our health.

Getting to Know Diabetes

Let’s unravel the bitter truth about diabetes. It’s a chronic condition that occurs when the body fails to produce enough insulin or can’t use it effectively. Insulin is the hormone responsible for regulating blood sugar levels, so when things go awry, blood sugar levels become imbalanced, leading to serious health consequences.

There are two main types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disorder, usually diagnosed in childhood, where the body’s immune system attacks and destroys insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. Type 2 diabetes, on the other hand, is more common and often linked to lifestyle factors, such as poor diet, lack of physical activity, and obesity.

Understanding the Severity of Diabetes

Diabetes might be subtle in the early stages, but its consequences can be severe if left unmanaged. It can lead to various complications, such as:

  • Cardiovascular Issues: Diabetes increases the risk of heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure, making it a major player in the cardiovascular health arena.
  • Nerve Damage: Elevated blood sugar levels can damage nerves, leading to diabetic neuropathy. This can cause tingling, pain, and even numbness in the extremities.
  • Vision Impairment: Diabetes can harm the blood vessels in the eyes, leading to diabetic retinopathy and potential vision loss.
  • Kidney Problems: Uncontrolled diabetes can damage the kidneys, leading to kidney disease or even kidney failure.
  • Foot Complications: Nerve damage and poor blood flow can cause foot problems, sometimes leading to amputation if infections become severe.

Taking Charge of Our Health

The good news is that we can significantly reduce the risk of developing diabetes by adopting a proactive approach to our health. Here are some practical steps to prevent diabetes:

  • Embrace a Balanced Diet: Fill your plate with a colorful assortment of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats. Minimize, and even eliminate, processed foods, sugary drinks, and excessive consumption of red meat.
  • Get Moving: Regular physical activity not only helps with weight management but also improves insulin sensitivity. Find activities you enjoy, such as dancing, swimming, or hiking, and aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week.
  • Maintain a Healthy Weight: If you’re carrying excess weight, shedding even 5% of your weight can make a significant difference in reducing your diabetes risk.
  • Kick the Smoking Habit: Smoking increases the risk of various health issues, including diabetes. Seek support and quit smoking for good.
  • Limit Alcohol Consumption: There really is no safe amount of alcohol and excessive consumption can increase the risk of diabetes. Moderation and even abstinence is key.
  • Regular Check-ups: Schedule regular visits with your healthcare provider to monitor your blood sugar levels, blood pressure, and overall health.
  • Manage Stress: Chronic stress can contribute to unhealthy lifestyle habits. It can also impact your blood sugar levels. Practice stress-reducing techniques such as meditation, yoga, or spending time in nature.

The Power of Community

Preventing diabetes is not a solitary journey. Engaging with a supportive community can make a world of difference. Share your goals with friends or family members and consider joining local exercise groups or online forums focused on healthy living. Connecting with others who share similar objectives can provide motivation and encouragement along the way. A health coach can provide the support you need.


Diabetes is undoubtedly a serious condition that requires our attention, but it’s also within our control to prevent it. By making small yet consistent lifestyle changes, we can significantly reduce our risk and improve our overall health. So, let’s take this knowledge and turn it into action, empowering ourselves and those around us to live healthier, happier lives.

Remember, every positive step you take toward prevention counts. Together, we can make a significant impact on our well-being and help build a healthier world, free from the shackles of diabetes. Here’s to a future of wellness and vitality!

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  1. Colleen on July 29, 2023 at 6:10 pm

    Thanks for this blog full of helpful information

  2. Karen Sammer on July 29, 2023 at 7:01 pm

    My pleasure Colleen. Thanks for reading.

  3. Amanda on September 16, 2023 at 1:03 pm

    I love sour gummy worms. That photo really caught my attention. I love and crave sugar so much.

    • Karen on September 16, 2023 at 1:30 pm

      Amanda…sugar addiction is a real issue. Watch for my upcoming blog post about cravings. If you are interested, please book a free call with me at

  4. Cynthi Alexander on September 16, 2023 at 4:04 pm

    Thanks for getting the word out. It is imperative to take it seriously. It runs on both sides of my family. I recognize that shot in the belly … I have been there before.

    Diet and exercise are key…Diabetes is not always preventable, but control is the biggest first key to lifelong health.

    • Karen on September 16, 2023 at 4:47 pm

      So true Cynthi. Prevention when possible, is the best measure.

  5. Jo Milgrew on September 16, 2023 at 10:10 pm

    I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism in 2000 and have regular blood sugar level tests. Research indicates that because thyroid hormones are essential for carbohydrate metabolism, people with hyperthyroidism are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes. As you say, in your very informative post, being proactive and taking preventative measures, is the key.

    • Karen on September 17, 2023 at 1:56 pm

      Jo…are you hypo- or hyper-thyroid, because you mentioned both in your comment? As for the research, I’m not a scientist but I do know that the hormones work together, so it would certainly make sense that the pancreatic hormones work closely with the thyroid hormones. That being said, if you are at risk for diabetes, it doesn’t mean you must fall victim to it. It means you need to be extra vigilant in maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle, get plenty of sleep, minimize alcohol intake and manage stress. Stay healthy.

      • Jo Milgrew on September 17, 2023 at 3:42 pm

        I am hypothyroid, but people who are hyperthyroid and hypothyroid are at risk. I did a Grammarly check and deleted the second hypo reference accidentally!!

        • Karen on September 18, 2023 at 5:40 pm

          Jo…It makes sense that people whose thyroid is out of balance in either direction would be at risk. Stay healthy.

  6. Lisa Albinus on September 17, 2023 at 3:27 pm

    My biggest nemesis is diet soda. I have recently switched to drinking water all day and allow myself one glass of diet pepsi at night. I am sure my body is appreciative of the water!

    • Karen on September 17, 2023 at 3:38 pm

      Good for you for making the change Lisa. Soda, whether diet or regular, is awful for you.You have made great progress by limiting yourself to only one glass. I would advise trying to reduce that a little at a time until you no longer feel you need it at all.

  7. Terre on September 18, 2023 at 2:27 am

    Karen, this post is really eye opening. So many people are being effected by this these days. As a nation, our diet sucks and our food is so processed and even if you eat a natural diet you still have to wonder what might be in it. Thank you for talking about Diabetes, helping those effected and educating the rest of us so that we can might avoid developing it!

    • Karen on September 18, 2023 at 5:38 pm

      Terre…I have found that so many of my clients have fallen for the marketing around our Standard American Diet (SAD) and, as a result are addicted to the foods that are slowly killing them. it has become my passion to help people navigate the noise and make the right choices to keep them healthy. Thanks for reading.

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