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I got ENERGY to spare!

I am Melynda, a mother of 2 and a RN.  At 35 I was begining to feel the pressure of keeping up with my active children and demanding job.  While fullfilled and happy, I was always tired and short of feel well.  Working out with Coach changed all that.  Now, I have energy to spare and I can't stop smiling.  I am really, really happy!  Come see the Coach!   You can change your life, get shapely and feel great.  No need to feel tired or 'get old'.  Age is just a number around here.  We are the picture of youth!

This Month In Health
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    Did you know smoking harms the way you look? That’s right! Smoking will take away those good looks you work so hard to maintain. The 4,000 toxins found in cigarette smoke wreck havoc on your hair, skin, teeth, and weight. Read >>
  • Diabetes Decoded
    High blood sugar is the defining aspect of diabetes and if left untreated, can cause a host of health problems over time. Read >>
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    It's easy to dismiss breast cancer if you’re a man. After all, men don't have breasts like women, so how could they get breast cancer? You're about to find out. Read >>
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    Since infectious mononucleosis, called mono for short, is spread through the saliva, it earned the nickname “the kissing disease.” However, the virus is no joke and it brings no pleasure. Causing weakness and fatigue that can last for weeks or even months on end, a battle with mono will make you feel like you've been hit by an 18-wheeler truck. Read >>
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I will be eternally grateful to you for how you healed by back!

I started training with Coach Berry when I was 61 years old.  For four months, I had suffered a great deal of back pain and knew I need to do something different. When I began with Coach, he asked me how I was feeling.  After a lifetime of training with a number of different trainers I could only say I didn't feel great.  My back pain caused me to see chiropractors and accupuncturists, but I found no relief.  After one deep tissue massage, Coach immediately had me feeling better.  After two months of training Coach had me back to 100%.  He knows what he is doing when it comes to training and injuries.  He trains people to perform exercises correctly to avoid injuries.  I have worked with many different trainers all over the San Diego County and Coach Berry is the best, most effective trainer I have meet.  I would highly recommend him to anyone who wants to improve their health and fitness levels.

Ron, age 62

Diabetes Decoded

There are several kinds of diabetes. Do you know the difference?

Blood sugar, also called glucose, is found in the food you eat and is naturally made by your muscles and liver to provide your body with energy. Your pancreas produces a hormone called insulin that travels in your blood and carries glucose to every cell. Unfortunately, some people's pancreas doesn't create enough insulin or for some reason the insulin doesn't do it's job. When this happens, too much glucose remains in the blood and you have a disease called diabetes. High blood sugar is the defining aspect of diabetes and if left untreated, can cause a host of health problems over time.

Though there are certain risk factors for diabetes, no one is completely immune. Men, women, and children are all at risk. There are several types of diabetes: type 1, type 2, gestational, chemically induced, surgically induced, and type 1.5.

Type 1

Only 5 to 10 percent of people with diabetes have type 1. Also known as insulin-dependent or juvenile-onset diabetes, type 1 diabetes usually starts in childhood. Symptoms begin suddenly and include extreme thirst, dry mouth, increased urination, blurred vision, frequent infections, hunger, unexplained weight loss, and pain or tingling in the hands and/or feet. Type 1 diabetes can't be ignored because uncontrolled blood sugar levels make you feel quite ill.

People with type 1 diabetes have little to no natural insulin in their bodies because their immune system kills the cells that produce this vital hormone. If you have this type of diabetes you must regularly check your blood sugar levels and give your body the insulin it needs. To help regulate blood sugar, insulin can either be administered through injections or an insulin pump that constantly provides insulin through a catheter in the skin. A healthy diet and regular exercise are also part of managing type 1 diabetes.

Type 1 isn't preventable and risk factors include a family history or exposure to viruses such as the Epstein-Barr virus.

Type 2

Between 90 to 95 percent of people with diabetes have type 2. In the past, this disease was called non-insulin dependent or adult-onset diabetes, but more and more cases of type 2 diabetes have cropped up in children. Symptoms of type 2 are similar to the symptoms of type 1 listed above, but unlike type 1, type 2 symptoms usually come on gradually. In some cases a person will have no sign of type 2 diabetes before being diagnosed by a blood test.

Type 2 diabetes also differs from type 1 in that a person's body still produces insulin, but there may not be enough and the body doesn't know how to use the insulin it does have on hand. In the beginning stages of type 2 diabetes, the body develops insulin resistance. As cells become less and less affected by insulin, the pancreas must produce more and more insulin to have the same effect. The pancreas eventually reaches the point that it can't keep up with the demand. When this happens, blood sugar levels rise and treatment is needed to control blood sugar.

The first line of defense in treating type 2 diabetes includes eating the right kinds of foods and getting regular exercise. When these interventions don't work, medication becomes necessary.

The good news about type 2 diabetes is that it's largely preventable or can be delayed with diet and exercise. Since being overweight is a top risk factor for type 2 diabetes, it's important to maintain a healthy weight. Other risk factors include family history and race (African-Americans, American Indians, Hispanics, and Asian Americans have a higher risk than Caucasians).

Other Types

Gestational diabetes can develop during pregnancy and usually only lasts until delivery but can put mother and baby at risk for future development of type 2 diabetes.

Medications such as steroids can raise blood sugar levels and bring on chemically induced diabetes. Additional medication may be needed to lower glucose levels back to normal.

Surgery done on the pancreas may harm its ability to produce insulin either short term or long term, resulting in surgically induced diabetes.

Type 1.5 diabetes, also known as latent autoimmune diabetes in adults (LADA), differs from types 1 and 2 in that it's a variation of type 1 that changes over time. Many times 1.5 is misdiagnosed as being type 2. Figuring out that you’re dealing with type 1.5 aids in getting the right treatment fast.