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How many times per week do you consume sugary drinks (soda, juices, etc.)? Facebook Live Video

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Monday, January 2, 2017


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Talk about healthy living

2017 is a new year

I am absolutely going to achieve 3 things:

  • A healthier life – including losing weight (sound familiar this time of year?) Incredibly important. And never too late to start!
  • Master my time – to get the most out of what I am given
  • Meet my business goals – right up on the wall here to remind me

20 questions for the topics for these broadcasts. Check out the link to the personalized health assessment if you want to see all of the questions – and get your own results. See how you measure up going into 2017!

Today’s question is:

How many times per week do you consume sugary drinks (soda, juices, etc.)?

  • Rarely
  • 1–2 times
  • 3–6 times
  • More than 6 times

Time to make a big change!

We know they taste good, but sugary drinks or soft drinks are major contributors to obesity.

Consider this: Did you know an average can of sugar-sweetened soda or fruit punch contains about 150 calories mainly from sugar? That’s about 8 teaspoons of table sugar.

Just one 20-ounce bottle of a sugary beverage per day can result in gaining 25 extra pounds per year—25 pounds!

And based on the amount you’re consuming on a weekly basis, that number could be higher for you.

And that doesn’t include how these kinds of drinks contribute to the development of diabetes and heart diseases.

It’s definitely time to make a big change!

You’re ready to make some healthier choices, right?

As a part of what you’re doing, look to reduce or eliminate sugary drinks from your diet. Start by cutting your intake in half and then go from there.

If you want to lose weight or maintain your current weight, this one step may help you control weight gain. And you will also reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. A definite win-win.


I hope this made some sense for you


Check out the health assessment to see how you are doing!

See you next time.


Google Trends Tell a Story

Google Trends is a great tool for understanding what people are searching for online. Using the Explore feature you can find out what has interested people online for the past few years by each keyword. This gives us tremendous insight into what people have been spending time online looking for over a period of time.

Diet and Weight Loss

Check out the chart below and you can see that at the start of each year people want to know more about how to diet and lose weight as well as general nutrition. But then as the New Year’s resolutions fade the number of times people check these topics out online goes down. But even at the lowest point – during the holiday season – there is still tremendous online activity for individuals wanting to know more about getting into shape.

It is a bit of a surprise when you see where people live who are doing this online research. The chart below shows that the states with the most interest are in the South. These Americans are also reported to live the states with the highest level of adult obesity but at least they want to know more about how to remedy that situation. Alabama leads the way.

Vitamins, Supplements and Disease

Searching for vitamins and supplements is very popular online. Americans are also interested in learning more about the top preventable causes of death in this country: diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. As diabetes becomes more and more common it leads the way in the volume of search activity.

What People Want

When you ask people what they want the top answers are usually more money, additional free time, the opportunity to travel, maybe a new car, and always continued good health. Check out the chart below to show that people are searching for all of these things online. Time is at the top of the list and it continues to grow faster than the other searches. No one ever has too much free time. It may be a bit surprising that with all of the discussion of the new health care laws, online interest in health hasn’t increased over time and may actually be going down. Travel is at the bottom of the list and that may be due to the tough economic times over the past few years.

Business Opportunity

Are people doing more online research to seek out new business opportunities? It doesn’t look that way. The financial crash of a few years back seems to have slowed down American’s interest in new business ventures and home based businesses. MLM (multi-level marketing) does lead the group as people may be searching for programs that will work for them to earn money. The internet is a great place to check out the many programs and learn which ones are for real.

Google Trends can also show us what parts of the country are more interested in new business opportunities. It seems that the South and the West have the most interested Americans. And Nevada is the top state in this group.

Healthy Homes

The chart below shows that people are definitely interested in having a healthy home. They are researching natural and safe cleaning products. Many people have stories of how the health of their family – and children in particular – have improved as they have started to move away from many household chemical and started to use more natural products.


Of course we also wanted to see if people have been searching for Shaklee products online. The chart below shows a sharp increase just in the past few months in Google searching for Shaklee.

If this type of information interests you click on any of the links to Google Trends under each chart. You can then start learning more about what people are searching for online and it will tell you a story.

Share Your Vision to Stop Diabetes Video Contest

November is American Diabetes Month®.  It is important for all Americans to learn more about diabetes. The American Diabetes Association has created a “Share Your Vision to Stop Diabetes” video contest on

From October 15 through November 30, enter to win the “Share Your Vision to Stop Diabetes” video contest. Create a 30-second video that shows your commitment to changing the future of diabetes. You could win an Apple® iPad® and a chance to be in an upcoming American Diabetes Association public service announcement.

Click on this banner to learn more:

Stop Diabetes Video Contest

Why is this important?

  • A total of 23.6 million children and adults in the United States—7.8% of the population—have diabetes.
  • 17.9 million people are diagnosed and 5.7 million people are undiagnosed
  • Pre-diabetes affects as many as 57 million people
  • There are 1.6 million new cases of diabetes are diagnosed in people aged 20 years and older each year.
  • One in every three children born since 2000 faces a future with diabetes. We can reverse this trend by providing healthy food in schools where our children spend a large portion of their day.

Diabetes can be preventable for many Americans

Diet, exercise, and other lifestyle choices make an impact on whether a person develops diabetes in their lifetime. Unlike many other conditions, you do have a choice. But you need to learn more now. And to spread the word through programs such as this video contest.

Use the links below to spread the word today!

Why Should You Care About Diabetes?

November is American Diabetes Month® and we’re asking the question – why should you care about diabetes?

Because it is the leading cause of kidney disease, blindness, and amputations, yet nearly 25% of people who have it don’t even know it. In the United States 24 million people have been diagnosed with diabetes and the American Diabetes Association estimates that there are another 6 million who have the disease but don’t know it. So chances are, you or someone you love have been affected by diabetes in some way. But even if you haven’t been affected by diabetes, you need to know that diabetes is one of the major public health crises of the 21st century, and it continues to grow to epidemic proportions. And a very worrisome concern is that the death rate for diabetes has continued to grow since 1987, whereas the death rates due to heart disease, stroke and cancer have actually declined.

What’s Diabetes?

Diabetes is a disease in which blood glucose levels are elevated because of inadequate insulin production in the pancreas or from insulin resistance in the cells of the body, felt to be caused by obesity and an unhealthy diet. Elevated blood sugar levels are quite damaging to your cells and this can lead to short-term and long-term complications.
There are three types of diabetes – type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes. Type 1 diabetes, formerly called juvenile diabetes or insulin-dependent diabetes is usually first diagnosed in children, teenagers, or young adults. In this form of diabetes, felt to be caused by an autoimmune response that essentially destroys the beta cells of the pancreas so that they no longer produce insulin, daily insulin administration is a lifelong reality. Treatment also includes a healthy diet, close monitoring of carbohydrate intake, calorie control and regular exercise to minimize complications.
Type 2 diabetes, formerly called adult-onset or non-insulin-dependent diabetes, is the most common form of diabetes. Approximately 90% of all people with diabetes have type 2 diabetes. People can develop type 2 diabetes at any age, even during childhood. This form of diabetes usually begins with insulin resistance, a condition in which cells in fat, muscle and liver tissue do not use insulin properly. At first, the pancreas keeps up with the added demand by producing more insulin. Over time, however, the pancreas can no longer secrete enough insulin and blood sugars begin to rise. People who are overweight and inactive are FAR more likely to develop type 2 diabetes. Treatment includes a healthy diet, weight loss, exercise and ultimately the need for diabetes medications if people are not successful with weight loss and calorie control.
Gestational diabetes is an all too common complication of pregnancy, usually developing in women who have an excessive weight gain during pregnancy. Although this type of diabetes usually goes away after childbirth, these women are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes later in life.

Serious and Life Threatening Complications

Whether you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, it is absolutely essential that you eat healthfully and control your calorie intake to keep your weight in a healthy range. Over the course of years, people who continually have elevated blood glucose levels because they don’t control their calorie intake will develop damage to blood vessels and nerves, increasing the risk for a number of serious, even life-threatening complications such as:
  • Heart disease and stroke – Adults with diabetes have heart disease death rates about 2 to 4 times higher than adults without diabetes.
  • Blindness – Diabetic retinopathy causes 12,000 to 24,000 new cases of blindness each year making diabetes the leading cause of blindness in adults.
  • Kidney disease – Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure.
  • Amputations – More than 60% of non-traumatic lower-limb amputations occur in people with diabetes.

What about Pre-diabetes?

Maybe you don’t have diabetes, but you or someone you know may have pre-diabetes, a condition in which blood glucose levels are higher than normal but not high enough to be classified as diabetes. Pre-diabetes is estimated to affect as many as 57 million Americans, putting them at risk to develop type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Being overweight and physically inactive are contributing factors to both diabetes and pre-diabetes. In fact, about 80-90% of people with type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes are overweight to obese.

Prevention is Key

Developing pre-diabetes or diabetes is not inevitable. Studies have shown that people at risk for diabetes who lose weight and increase their physical activity level can prevent or delay diabetes and even return their blood sugar levels to normal. In the Diabetes Prevention Program, a large prevention study of people at high risk for diabetes, lifestyle interventions (diet and exercise) resulting in modest weight loss of 5-10% of initial body weight reduced the development of diabetes by 58% over a 3 year period. The reduction was even greater (71%) for people over the age of 60!

Get Motivated to Achieve a Healthy Weight

Because most people with diabetes and pre-diabetes are overweight to obese, the Number ONE Strategy for improving blood glucose regulation is achieving a healthy weight. While losing weight isn’t easy, the rewards are great! Losing weight involves changing both your eating and exercise habits: two things that can be hard to do! One way to increase your motivation is to find some inspiration. Ask yourself – do the costs associated with staying at your current weight outweigh the benefits of weight loss? Do you have high cholesterol, osteoarthritis or a family history of heart disease, stroke or cancer? These health conditions are directly linked to being overweight and studies have shown modest weight loss can prevent or delay these conditions. Does being overweight prevent you from accomplishing what you want to do in life? Losing weight will ultimately help you feel and look better and increase your energy level so you can do more of the things you enjoy.

Taking Action

Once you’re ready to take action, look for a weight management program designed to promote a safe rate of weight loss while helping to preserve your lean muscle mass. Lean muscle is metabolically active tissue—which means it burns more calories than non-muscle tissue! If you don’t follow a safe, nutritionally sound weight loss program, chances are you’ll lose some of your muscle which will lower your metabolism—which means you burn less calories and it is more difficult to lose weight. To help prevent lean muscle loss, get plenty of high quality protein and leucine in your diet. Leucine is an essential amino acid that helps preserve lean muscle mass and stimulates muscle protein synthesis. During periods of calorie reduction, adequate amounts of leucine as part of an overall diet with a healthy balance of protein, carbohydrate and fat help preserve lean muscle mass, so you can lose weight from fat.
Look for a program that also promotes:
  • Meal replacement beverages or bars packed with protein and fiber. Meal replacement shakes and bars are a convenient way to control calories. Boosting your intake of high quality protein and fiber at meal times also helps control hunger and promotes satiety. Adequate amounts of dietary soluble fiber can also help lower cholesterol and blood sugar.
  • Low glycemic index food choices. The glycemic index is a measure used to rate how fast and how high carbohydrate containing foods raise blood sugar levels. Foods with a glycemic index of 55 or lower are considered “low glycemic” and are generally foods rich in complex carbohydrates (i.e. whole grains), have moderate amounts of lean protein, heart healthy fats and plenty of fiber. Eating a diet with a low glycemic index helps keep blood sugar levels steady, preventing those fluctuations in blood sugar that can lead to feelings of low energy and food cravings.
  • Boosts in physical activity. Increasing your level of physical activity not only increases calories burned in a day, it also improves insulin sensitivity – your body’s ability to use insulin to transport glucose from the blood into the cells of the body. Work towards getting 30 to 60 minutes a day of exercise most days of the week. Brisk walking is a great way to start and work in some light weight training which not only burns calories but stimulates muscle protein synthesis.
  • Minerals and botanicals that help regulate blood sugar. Although achieving a healthy weight is the first step in retaining normal blood sugar levels, ensuring adequate intake of essential nutrients and botanicals may also help support blood sugar regulation. For example, the essential trace mineral chromium is needed for normal insulin function. Magnesium is also necessary for normal glucose metabolism by affecting both normal insulin secretion and responsiveness to insulin. Zinc is necessary for normal production, storage and secretion of insulin and vanadium is also involved in normal insulin function. Colosolic acid, an active component of the botanical banaba leaf extract may also help support normal blood sugar regulation.
  • Support tools and education. Successful weight management involves not only permanent lifestyle changes to your eating and exercising habits but ongoing education and understanding about all the factors that influence your weight. Look for a program that provides you support tools (e.g., pedometer, tape measure, diet and exercise journals and/or computer software) to help track your success. Online, interactive websites are also another great tool to connect, share and problem solve with others working towards achieving a healthy weight.

Be well!

Dr. Jamie McManus MD, FAAFP Chairman, Medical Affairs, Health Sciences and Education


To find out if you or someone you know is at risk for pre-diabetes or diabetes, visit the American Diabetes Association website at: and take the risk test.

Diabetes is more common in African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. If you are a member of one of these ethnic groups, paying special attention to this test is important.