At the Sweet People Club, our mission is to provide education, support, and community for individuals with prediabetes and type 2, and their families.
As a Certified Diabetes Educator, I see so much conflicting information out there that's totally wrong, not quite, and sometimes downright dangerous. Having high blood sugar doesn't have to be overly complicated or restrictive. Once you understand the basics of the condition and how to manage it, knowing what to do and eat becomes much easier.
If that sounds like something you've been searching for, please keep reading to see what we've created for people exactly like you! (And me too!)
APRN, BC-ADM, MSN, CDE is an international award-winning diabetes educator and registered nurse. She thrives by finding ways to help people live well with diabetes and believes that a key component of that is support and education.
Because knowing you've got it gives you an edge
So much conflicting information: So you get diagnosed with prediabetes or type 2 diabetes and what happens? Your doctor gives you a pamphlet, tells you to lose some weight and sends you off on a search for more information. If you're lucky, you may get a referral to a diabetes prevention program (on average only 5% do. Yikes!). And over 40% of people with type 2 never make it to an diabetes education program. (Double yikes!!)
But more than likely you head to the web and start looking for advice only to be confronted with what seems like one conflicting opinion after another. Don't eat fruit, low carb is the only way to go, start taking medications immediately, go paleo, get more B12.
How can you tell what's legit and what's a crock? What's researched and supported by science and what's just some guy's opinion based on something that happened to his late Aunt Millie?
It's hard. And it's overwhelming. And your confusion and frustration is totally understandable.
Confusion about the condition: You tell your friends and family you have prediabetes or type 2 and they start telling you horror stories about insulin and needles and blindness. They start hiding the candy dish when you visit. Or they lecture you about what you're eating. They send you links to articles they found online that promise an instant cure through the use of an all bone-broth diet and some supplement that you can't pronounce.
Don't get mad when people try to help. The overall lack of understanding around the condition of prediabetes and type 2 diabetes is a real challenge for people. To many, it sounds like prediabetes means you've got a case of "Diabetes Lite" and if you have type 2, your doomed.
The best thing to do is smile and thank them for their concern. The community at the Sweet People Club understands this and is always here to support you when you're overwhelmed with all that "help."
Lack of medical and community support: It can often be a challenge to get caring support from healthcare providers. Partly this is due to lack of awareness, although that's changing as campaigns are beginning to pick up steam thanks to the efforts of the CDC and the American Diabetes Association (ADA). The other part is due to complete lack of time. It takes time to over all the standards.
But what do you do for help in the meantime? Because every day counts. Every day you can adopt a small change or healthier habit can mean the difference between staying healthy and delaying, preventing or managing type 2. What can you do to get reliable, dependable, help and support?
Totally Not True "You'll Never Be Able To Enjoy The Food You Love" You've heard it already. Maybe from a friend or from a loved one. Put down the bread. Stay away from the potatoes. Say goodbye to your favorite fruits. Why is it that some people love to tell us about all the food we "CAN'T" have?
Well guess what? None of that is true. Nothing is off the menu if you have prediabetes or type 2!
But, you have to know how to eat in order to eat what you love. And you do have to contend with not necessarily being able to eat as much of the foods that you love as often as you'd like.
One of the best ways to begin changing your eating habits towards healthier ones is not to focus on the CAN'T EAT list, but instead to focus on the CAN EAT list. Start ADDING new foods to your menu. Start ADDING new ways to prepare those foods. Don't SUBTRACT. Begin with addition!
Lies, All Lies "Prediabetes Always Leads To 'Full Blown' Diabetes" First of all, let's get this straight - there is no such thing as "full blown" diabetes.
There's prediabetes, type 2 diabetes, type 1 diabetes and gestational diabetes (OK< and others but let's stay focused). Type 1 diabetes is a very different disease and not one we cover much in the Sweet People Club. People who have type 1 diabetes typically get it as an adolescent or young adult.
Prediabetes and type 2 diabetes can be thought of as cousins. They share lots of things in common, but have their differences too. What is also incorrect is that people with prediabetes will always develop type 2 diabetes. The risk is greatly increased, sure, but there are no guarantees that an individual will absolutely progress to type 2. Some people never advance beyond prediabetes.
Complete Exaggeration "Type 2 Diabetes Means Eventually You'll Need To Take Insulin" First if all, insulin should not be looked at as a bad thing. It's a lifesaver for those that do need to use it. But not everyone needs it, and if they do, not everyone needs it with every meal. It's very much dependent on the individual and their health priorities.
But there are many individuals with type 2 diabetes who can manage with heatlhy eating and being active . Some will also need to rely on oral medications to control their blood sugars or newer non-insulin injectables because there are at least 8 known deficits in the body for someone with type 2. If medications are needed, it's not because you've failed; your beta cells in the pancreas are limping along and need help! And people with prediabetes never have a need for insulin as part of a daily therapy.
Worst Case Scenarios And Totally Avoidable "I’m Going To Lose A Limb or Go Blind" Okay, everyone's heard a story or two about someone's relative who had diabetes (it's always just diabetes, not type 1 or type 2 or anything specific, right?) who lost a toe or three because of their diabetes. Or was it Aunt Millie who didn’t have all the newest medications and eventually went blind.
We've all heard the stories.
And they could be true. These are genuine complications of type 2 diabetes that goes unchecked overtime, meaning those high blood sugars that stay high. But they happen over a long period of time - where the person hasn't been able to get their blood sugars in a safe range, maybe because they didn’t have the right information or support, or didn’t understand the consequences of letting their type 2 diabetes go untreated.
Be assured, these are truly worst case scenarios and almost always avoidable - especially for those reading this page. Because just the fact that you're here shows you're ready and willing to take action to never see anything like this.
Harder, Yes. Impossible, No! "It's Impossible To Lose Weight With Prediabetes or Type 2" Your doctor told you to lose weight. Every article you've read about prediabetes and type 2 diabetes has said the same thing. Perhaps this is the one piece of advice almost everyone agrees on! Dropping even a small amount of weight - as little as 5% can reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by as much as 58% according to Johns Hopkins! And even stying weight neutral, mening by not gaining more weight, that's a positive since we all tend to gain a couple pounds per year as adults (are you doing the math in your head comparing what you weighed at age 20 vs. now?)
The good news is, it's not impossible.
But it is more difficult and it can take longer. If you know how having high blood sugar affects your body and how your body processes food and how it handles physical activity, you can better optimize your efforts for maximum weight loss.
And the Sweet People Club definitely has the "skinny" on how to do just that (wink! wink!)
Theresa Garnero, founder of the Sweet People Club
For Those With PREDIABETES...
One of the most powerful ways to begin learning what you need to know about your prediabetes is to participate in a diabetes prevention program such as the nationally renowned PREVENT T2 program developed by the CDC. These programs are considered the gold standard when it comes to prediabetes education and wellness.
But there's a catch. They’re almost all held in-person, on-site, and can often be quite costly if not covered by an employer-sponsored wellness plan. In fact, less than 1% are of the PREVENT T2 programs are entirely online AND available to the public (and they cost nearly $1,000).
That's where the Sweet People Club comes in. We have taken the PREVENT T2 program and adapted it to create an online option for those who either cannot squeeze 26 appointments in-person appointments into their already packed schedule! For those who don't have access to a reputable program or can't afford one. And for those who are just more comfortable using the web for their learning and development.
For Those With Type 2 DIABETES...
You have access to over 100 videos on everything from nutrition, to weight management, to how best to excerice, to the ins and outs of medication, to coping with the emotional aspect of the condition, to intimacy concerns, and way more. We're constantly adding new material.
We do invite you to explore the Prediabetes course because you will pick up ideas that still help those with type 2.
For Those With Prediabetes & Type 2 DIABETES...
You have access to all the courses and videos in the complete library. MOre importantly, you have support.
The PREVENT, DELAY & MANAGE TYPE 2 COURSE is the ONLY program of its kind that…
1. Is administered entirely online using audio, video, and written resources 2. Doesn't require doctor approval or health insurance approval to participate 3. Has a flexible schedule that allows you to take in the material at your own pace, at a time that is convenient to you 4. Benefits from the contributions of several certified and credentialed experts (like dietitians, exercise physiologists, nurses, and psychologists) in their respective healthcare fields, adding to our already robust PREVENT T2 program 5. Provides community support and an opportunity to address your questions and concerns real-time with twice monthly virtual dietitian sessions.
So if you’re ready to finally stop combing through all those dicey online "medical" blogs and get down to learning the reputable, science-based information and guidance we've gathered for you...
In this module we cover all the basics you need to know about prediabetes. What it is, how it works, and how it affects your health. In each module you'll find options for video, audio, and written content. In addition to the core content, there will be downloadable PDF trackers, cheatsheets, and resources to make your progress a little easier.
We'll begin with an overview of the program. The program itself is broken into 3 main parts, the whole of which will cover the course of an entire year. In part 1 or months 1-3, we'll introduce our main areas of focus:
In this module we really build upon concepts that were introduced in part 1. This part of the program spans months 4-6 and will give you an excellent understanding of how to manage your prediabetes. This module focuses on implementation of small lifestyle changes that when adopted long-term will result in a noticeably healthier and more active life.
This module really runs that gamut from mindset and taking charge of your thoughts to finding time for fitness, how to stay heart healthy, and how to get the support that you need to make managing your prediabetes...well, manageable!
In the final module, which spans months 7-12 we start to look at problem-solving. What are the obstacles, set backs, and speed bumps you're likely to encounter on your journey to a healthier you?
We tackle the pitfalls in the last part of the program because at this point you know what to do and how to do it. But sometimes life throws a wrench in our well-laid plans. So this is where we discuss how you cope with that and come back strong. We also go more in depth into understanding type 2 diabetes and how to maintain your healthier lifestyle as you move beyond the program.
Coming in at just over 100 videos, this bonus is a doozy!
Sorted by topic, these videos address common questions, concerns, and behaviors that support healthy living.
This is an invaluable treasure trove of expert-developed advice and coaching that you can use to deepen your understanding of everything from how to eat carbs the healthy way to how to talk with your doctor about your health concerns.
Indexed in 12 main categories so you can easily find the topics you're most interested in.
Whether you choose the annual or the monthly subscription, you've got 28 days to make sure that this program is perfect for you.
If you decide it's not, for whatever reason, simply email email@example.com and request a refund.
No questions asked. No pesky forms to fill out. No homework to "prove you tried." We trust you to only request a refund it the Prediabetes Masterclass is not going to contribute to your health goals
When you add it all up, that’s a value of $3,588
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Payment option details: Monthly payments are based on a subscription model. You will be charged your monthly rate every 28-31 days (depending on the month) until you cancel. You may cancel at any time. If you choose to pay annually you will be charged yearly until you cancel. You may cancel at any time. See Terms of Service for complete details.
Added up, that’s a value of $3,588!
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Instead, you're getting access to everything for just:
Payment option details: Monthly payments are based on a subscription model. You will be charged your monthly rate every 28-31 days (depending on the month) until you cancel. You may cancel at any time. If you choose to pay annually you will be charged yearly until you cancel. You may cancel at any time. See Terms & Conditions for complete details.