E009: Reverse or Reduce Your Risk for Diabetes with Denise Pancrynz

My guest for Episode 009 of the Mountain Mantras: Wellness and Life Lessons show is Denise Pancryz, a coach, speaker and author of The Virgin Diabetic.

She tells a harrowing story of her diagnosis of diabetes in her forties, which she went on a mission to reverse. She gives listeners insight into actions we can all take in our lives to avoid this disease now affecting millions of people.


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Here are the mantras from the show that you can incorporate into your daily life to be healthier and happier:

1. Eat Real Food (love the echo of Michael Pollan!)
2. Nutrition is the key to managing diabetes; exercise is a smaller lever
3. Eliminate the white hazards- Denise does not recommend eating gluten
4. Eat your veggies!  (I suggest to Follow the Rainbow)
5. Be the change that you want to see in the world (don’t get overwhelmed, just start with yourself!)

More about Denise
Denise was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes in her mid-forties. In her size 8 frame, even her doctor was surprised. Denise’s diagnosis came with a trip to the hospital from acute pancreatitis, pneumonia, Cholesterol Total of 776 mg/dL, Triglycerides of 7,926 mg/dL, Glucose 410 mg/dL and Hemoglobin A1c of 10%.

Life changed for Denise, especially as her doctor described her as a Type 1.5 diabetic, due to her inability to respond quickly to prescribed medication and insulin. Denise’s new daily regime was a handful of medications and four daily insulin shots. Every doctor and diabetes educator told her she would always need the insulin and medication. In fact, as she aged the dosages would increase. Denise quickly learned the conventional medical community was not there to help her change, it seemed she was too late.

Denise worried of the ill effects of the disease, amputation for one, as her uncle was a diabetic amputee and deadly side effects of diabetes medication. Her father died from type 2 diabetes and heart disease at the age of 60. Determined not to follow in the family footsteps, Denise learned she needed to step away from the conventional medical protocol to reverse the deadly effects of diabetes through holistic nutrition. And she did just that – no more insulin shots – no more medications!

Certified in holistic nutrition and homeopathy, Denise helps people across the U.S. and Canada to reverse the deadly effects of Type 2 Diabetes through coaching (local and virtual), workshops and speaking events. Denise believes Type 2 Diabetes is a disease that does not need to exist no matter your genetic background. Her clients are seeing dramatic improvement within weeks, naturally. Improvement they have been unable to achieve with conventional medical protocol.

In addition to coaching and speaking, Denise has a few projects in the works. Based on client request, adding an additional service as an Accountability Partner after her clients have completed her full coaching program. She will be launching a one-of-a-kind eLearning program, “My Diabetes Concierge”, to reverse the effects of Type 2 Diabetes. Participants will have access to podcasts, videos and documents 24/7, downloadable on your smartphone, iPad and PC.

In the Naples area, Denise is working with local restaurants to help offer healthier choices that can also suit a diabetic’s need. She is supporting Southwest Florida’s Blue Zones Project®. Blue Zones Project® by Healthways is helping transform communities across the U.S. into areas where the healthy choice is easy and people live longer with a higher quality of life.

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