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Blood Sugar Balance Bites

From eNewsletter 11/6/2023

DID YOU KNOW that an extensive study from Frontiers in Nutrition found that olive oil consumption had a favorable effect on cognitive performance across a number of cognitive domains over time in subjects 55 years and older?

The authors conclusion was that consumption of olive oil was found to enhance cognitive functioning and to reduce cognitive decline.

Make sure that you always choose extra virgin olive oil from reputable brands. Moreover, we prefer olive oil for cooking but at medium temperature or lower.


Services Update

Steve Minsky MS, HWC

As a Health and Wellness Counselor, Steve analyzes and offer solutions to optimize human functioning not only with food, but every aspect of your lifestyle, whether for prevention or healing. More info on Steve's services.

Loyalty Rewards

We're in the last few months of 2023, so this is your reminder to stock up to take advantage of your loyalty rewards. We track and apply discounts as you achieve certain dollar thresholds, but feel free to ask us if you qualify for a loyalty discount or are close to one. NOTE: all accounts reset to zero in 2024, so get your orders in before the end of the year.

Text Us If It Is Convenient at (847) 497-0902

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Pet Wellness

Our dietary supplement line for dogs and cats, ThorneVet, has an impeccable reputation among veterinarians. Carolyn Martinelli "Coach Care" can answer your questions about ThorneVet pet supplements at Please leave detailed contact information as well as the name, age, sex, breed, and/or health issue(s) and med(s) of your pet so Carolyn can respond accordingly. To order from our wellness shop, please visit here (for prices, enter the Guest Area password: discount2018).

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Upcoming Wellness Screenings

Food Intolerance Blood Draw

Options to set up a Biotrition food intolerance test blood draw. By appointment only:

  1. One Saturday per month at Biotrition in Glenview - next date TBD

  2. M-FRI 9AM-3PM at NICL Labs in Northbrook

Text, email, or call us to set up your appointment.

Infection Section

Year-round infection is the new normal. We are exposed to many endemic viruses including SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19), influenza (flu), respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), norovirus (stomach flu), adenovirus (common cold), monkeypox, and four other coronaviruses (common cold), among others. Support your immune system with our Free Prevent and Fight Infection 2.0 Protocol here.

Have a happy, healthy day! Steve and Bonnie Minsky

In Today's Issue

  • Paid Member Content

  • WC Feature: Blood Sugar Balance Update

  • Recipe du Jour: 5 Frittata Variations

  • Did You Know Meds: Metformin

  • Brand Buzz: New SunButter Flavor

  • Tech for Wellness: Band-Aid Size Ultrasound?

  • Green Lifestyle: Phthalate Alternative

  • Wild Card: Balancing Inhibitory Control

  • eInspire: Felix Salten

  • Action Plan of the Month: Blood Sugar Balance

  • Free Member Content

  • Did You Know?

  • Diet, Lifestyle, and Your Blood Sugar

  • November 20% OFF Sale Items

  • Pure Genomics

  • Watch: Protein Intake Gene

  • Loyalty Program

  • Well Connect Member Benefits

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Diet, Lifestyle, and Your Blood Sugar

Steve: There's been exciting research lauding the beneficial effects of diet and lifestyle choices to better balance blood sugar.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D deficiency and insufficiency are associated with a higher risk of all-cause and cardiovascular mortality in patients with type 2 diabetes (T2D) or prediabetes. The authors of The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition study suggest vitamin D deficiency should be corrected in patients with T2D to reach normal serum 25(OH)D concentrations, preferably above 50.

Pancreatic Enzymes

Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency may be more common in both type 1 and type 2 diabetes than is currently appreciated, a new study in Diabetes Technology and Therapeutics suggests. The condition, in which the pancreas fails to produce sufficient enzymes to fully digest food, can cause a multitude of gastrointestinal symptoms. In these cases, pancreatic enzyme supplementation is necessary.


Researchers publishing in The Journal of Nutrition found higher nut consumption was significantly associated with lower all-cause mortality among individuals with T2D.


A study in The Journal of Nutrition found highly significant associations between avocado consumption and improved biomarkers related to blood sugar balance (fasting insulin and glucose).


Viscous soluble fiber supplementation at 8.3 grams per day for longer than 6 weeks had a significant effect on lowering HbA1c levels, according to a study from Frontiers in Nutrition.


Both short and long sleep durations appear to increase the risk for type 2 diabetes, independent of lifestyle and cardiovascular risk factors, suggests a new study from Sleep Health. The study considered short sleep duration 5 hours while long sleep duration 12 hours.


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