When I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in the Fall of 2019, my doctor recommended I consider adding an “injectable” to my diabetes medications. The idea of adding an “injectable,” shook me to the core. I was at a cross road. I could choose to do nothing; accept the progression of diabetes as my fate; take more and more medication; and then anticipate the progressive destruction the disease would have on my body. Or I could choose to act in the affirmative; educate myself about diabetes; and take personal responsibility and control of the destiny of my health and well being. I choose the latter.
I was given an informational pamphlet for the Prevent, Delay, and Manage Type 2 Diabetes course.
I called Theresa Garnero, and after a long discussion, joined the Sweet People Club (SPC). I’ve learned so much about diabetes via the self-paced on-line program. Unlike in-person, classroom style training, this program allows you to cycle back thru the on-line program to re-review any materials presented. If further clarification is needed, your questions can be asked during the real time access virtual meetings, which are held twice monthly. For me, having on-going real time access to medical professionals, is the key, and the gold standard of a diabetes education program. Previously I have attended short term, in-person classroom training, only to find myself after the course was concluded with many more questions. Unfortunately, those programs did not have on-going support where I could get answers to my questions. Thus, much of the material remained a mystery to me.
Ms. Garnero, a Diabetes Nurse Educator and Ms. Bouquet, a Registered Dietitian conduct the real time access, virtual meetings. Both are highly acclaimed, extremely well versed in diabetes, and are friendly and welcoming during the meetings.
What has changed for me since starting this program? My fasting blood sugar levels are in the 80’s and 90’s, rather than in the triple digit numbers. I’ve learned there are no “bad”foods, just “bad” habits. I’ve learned to eat in a manner that nourishes my body and my “blood sugar spikes and lows” are almost non-existent. My fatigue level is down and my energy level up, so I have the physical/mental ability to accomplish more in a day. I sleep better at night; and feel so much more rested. I’m satiated with smaller nutritious meals, and this has resulted in some weight loss. The greatest benefit is that I find myself turning a corner and the real sense that a switch is being flipped in my brain, that I’m able to manage my diabetes; rather than it controlling me. I give this the highest rating! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
— Darby, SPC Member
This course has helped me cope with triggers that kept me from reaching my healthy goals. I liked getting support from the leader of my group, others in my group and experts in diabetes education and dietitians. I also have received help staying motivated to eat healthy, exercise, and watch my A1C, weight, and blood pressure. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
— Liz, SPC Member
I lost weight and my A1C went from pre-diabetic to normal. The training videos are helpful and talking to someone live helps fill in the gaps. I like having a short weekly assignment that is not overwhelming but then being able to watch as many videos in the training library as I like. Education, community and support are important but getting that support from a professional team of diabetes educators is priceless. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
— Julie, SPC Member
I have learned about diabetes, its symptoms and related effects upon my body, helping me to understand and develop a comprehensive plan to be proactive in the treatment of my condition, type 2 diabetes. I found the support and interaction of the group comforting and inspirational. It’s not a magical pill but a practical and well designed approach to improving and possibly preventing the onset of type 2 diabetes. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
— Bobby, SPC Member
I really think this is an amazing course — even better than in-person classes! The Sweet People Club’s engaging videos and comprehensive support helped me to embrace a healthy lifestyle. I love watching the videos on my phone because I can watch while I walk. I know what to eat and my blood sugars are ideal. Such an amazing resource! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
— Lorraine, SPC Member
My health has changed significantly. The lessons, the videos and the Office Hours provide reliable information and constant encouragement. My A1c is down and my spirits are up. As a 78 year old prediabetic, I think it was the answer to my prayers. I like that it’s self paced – we’re all different! And I like being treated with understanding when I feel I’ve failed. The invaluable interaction with founder Theresa and registered dietician Stephanie, where participants’ questions are actually answered and discussed is so helpful. This course will empower you if you have prediabetes or diabetes 2 and should be a standard recommendation when people are first diagnosed. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
— Maria, SPC Member
The program has educated me to prevent type 2 diabetes with exercise and diet. I liked learning what types of exercises aid in preventing type 2 diabetes. I also learned the importance of reading the labels on products that you buy at the store. And, understanding what the labels are conveying. I would highly recommend this program to anyone who is unsure of what type 2 diabetes is and how to prevent it from occurring. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
— Ivy, SPC Member
This program has enabled me to understand the dynamics of my diabetes. I feel I’m in a much better position to make positive choices regarding my health. Specifically, Theresa is at the very heart of this program. Having access to her as you are guided through the minefield that is diabetes is worth gold. Theresa is dedicated to every person who belongs to The Sweet People Club. Her mission to get newly diagnosed diabetics off to a good start is evident in every part of this program. Please consider membership in The Sweet People Club…it will help you in so many ways …from foods to eat…managing blood sugar numbers and most of all knowing you are not alone. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
— Karen, SPC Member
I’ve lost at least 5% weight after starting and A1c reduced from 5.8 to 5.5. I’ve had motivational ups and downs, but felt encouraged to accept and work with this. I appreciated being able to meet with a small congenial group of fellow DPP (Diabetes Prevention Program) participants and instructor, Melanie. I felt accepted, encouraged and was given valuable suggestions to help me to pursue the program in my own way. I have looked forward to the meetings and check ins by Melanie and they helped motivate me to maintain focus. I appreciate continuing access to Melanie and Sweet People Club after classes end. and the expertise Theresa brings to Office Hours. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
— Mike, SPC Member
I feel more energetic and am able to focus throughout the day. I have the energy to do things after work, rather than just being tired all the time. I love the videos. They are very supportive, professional and the added humor helps a lot. Thanks so much! I could not have made this change without SPC! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
— Pam, SPC Member
I was referred to Theresa Garnero when I was first diagnosed with diabetes. I can honestly say that there are very few people I know who combine extensive scientific knowledge with a can-do, optimistic attitude. Theresa helped me create a workable plan for managing my diabetes by addressing such fundamentals as figuring out what I could eat, understanding how to adjust my medication and working out how to safely lose weight. At the same time, she helped me sort through my own feelings of sadness about my diabetes diagnosis. So, if you are looking for a very bright, well-informed ‘partner’ to help you navigate your own diabetes journey, I hope you will get in touch with Theresa. I am grateful that I did, and I trust that you will be too. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
— Sandy, SPC Member
I feel more confident in making every day choices, especially with adding in physical activity. Before I thought it was all or nothing, and now I realize that I can add in little movements here and there, and have even checked blood sugar after and seen improvement! This is huge. I love the straight forward videos with Theresa. I feel like she leaves no stone unturned and knows what my issues are before I even do! There is nothing else like this out there. Other programs want to fear me into buying some product, or giving my data and that doesn’t work for me. This program is clearly put on by a person who cares, and knows what she’s talking about! I feel I’m in good hands. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
— Anna, SPC Member
Imagine. What do you hope to achieve with your blood sugar and other wellness goals? I’ve seen only success from those who join our community. Would love to have you be a part of it so you can see for yourself.
— Theresa, SPC Founder