Old Say NO to Diabetes

Are You Heavy on the Belly?

Are you diabetic or Pre diabetic?

Do you carry extra weigh around your middle?
Do you find it difficult to keep the weight off?
Do you crave sugar or are hungry all the time?


Getting rid of your belly fat is important for more than vanity’s sake. Excess abdominal fat, the kind that surrounds organs and puffs out your stomach – can be a predictor of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance and some cancers. The good news is that you can address this problem more easily than you think, using the latest nutritional science of eating real food, and a diet lower in carbohydrates and higher in healthy fats.

Kick-Start your way to a healthier you  by attending one of my one-to-one consultations or by booking on one of my workshops.

Call Erina on 087 2740788 or email info@erinamacsweeney.com


Consultations available in Killorglin and Milltown, phone and online consultations available also. Call 087 2740788

Are we ignoring the ROOT cause of Diabetes/Pre-diabetes/Obesity…?



Carrying excess weight on your middle referred to as visceral fat is not just a cosmetic concern, but is a risk factor for Type 2 diabetes which is reaching epidemic proportions; there are over a quarter of a million diabetics in Ireland, 90% of which are type 2. Another shocking statistic is that an estimated 1 in 3 adults has pre-diabetes, the condition that precedes diabetes, and a growing concern in the under 18s.

It is entirely possible to both prevent and reverse type 2 diabetes, as is shown by Dr Ranjan Chatterjee in his recent BBC Ones, Doctor in the House Series, and by looking at the work that another UK GP is doing in Liverpool, *Dr David Unwin. Indeed there is a wealth of information available on this topic. (Dr Bernstein’s Diabetes Solution). However a lot of the advice given for this condition can be unhelpful and misguided.

Most people think that type 2 diabetes is a blood sugar problem when in fact this is the ultimate effect, rather than the underlying cause. The underlying cause and driver of this condition is Insulin Resistance, although, type 2 diabetes is characterized by chronically elevated blood sugar levels.

HOW DOES THIS WORK?  When you eat certain food, particularly refined carbohydrates (bread, rice, pasta, sugary foods/drinks etc) that food is converted into sugar inside your body, the body’s way to deal with this sugar is to release insulin, a hormone, and this moves sugar inside your cells so that it can be used for energy. This is a great system when it works well, however if you have significant abdominal obesity, type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes this system does not work well.

Eating too many refined carbohydrates elevates your insulin levels for long periods of time and your cells start to become resistant or “deaf” to the effects of this hormone, and over time you need more and more insulin to do the same thing. This is insulin resistance. Too much insulin is toxic to the body as is elevated blood sugar.


THE EFFECTS OF RAISED INSULIN –  It causes water and salt retention, which causes high blood pressure. It increases your risk of atherosclerosis which can lead to heart attacks. It can increase the levels of “bad” fats in your blood. It can drive the growth of certain cancer cells. It is associated with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and significantly increases your risk of getting type2 diabetes.  It is also now associated with cognitive function decline.


REVERSING TYPE 2 AND PREDIABETES – The only effective way to deal with these conditions is to deal with the underlying cause, Insulin Resistance. Trying to address the blood sugar levels (with medications) without addressing the insulin levels is treating the symptoms, but not treating the root cause. It’s like using a bucket to remove water from an overflowing sink, rather than actually turning off the tap!

Stop adding fuel to the fire! The most important thing to do first is to stop consuming the foods that increase insulin production, as insulin resistance is driving the condition, and make lifestyle changes so that the body can become sensitive again to insulin.

 WHAT CHANGES? – All carbohydrates to some degree will raise your blood insulin levels, so type 2 diabetes could be described as a type of “carbohydrate intolerance” Protein too can raise levels but to a lesser degree. The only macronutrient that keeps your insulin levels and therefor your blood sugar levels stable is FAT! Therefore if you are trying to reduce the insulin levels, you need to reduce the amounts of certain carbohydrates and replace them with healthy natural fats.


ACTUAL FOOD CHOICES – For healthy fats think nuts and seeds, avocados, omega 3 fats (found in almonds, flax seeds and cold water fish), extra virgin olive oil, butter and whole eggs. For carbohydrates reduction avoid refined sources such as pasta, rice and bread. Non starchy vegetables (such as broccoli, cauliflower, leafy greens, tomatoes…) can be eaten in abundance. Fruits are limited to low carb fruit such as berries and peaches.


  • Weight loss (especially abdominal) without hunger, low carb has been used as a weight loss method for over 150 years, and modern studies confirm that it is more effective than other diets.
  • Reverse type 2 diabetes. Doctors treating their patients include Dr Rangan Chatterjee, Dr Sarah Hallberg , Dr Jason Fung, Dr David Unwin, Dr Joanne McCormac . UK Cardiologist Aseem Malhotra  has been getting great media coverage in this area also. Interviews available on Youtube.  PLEASE WATCH!
  • Less sugar cravings, less gas, stomach cramps and less diarrhea.
  • Normalized blood pressure and reduced triglycerides (heart disease risk factors).
  • Increased levels of HDL (the good cholesterol)

 Heavy on the Belly Program

This program is a holistic approach to the early detection of insulin resistance and to addressing diabetes, pre-diabetes, metabolic syndrome, abdominal obesity, uncontrolled weight, and related cardiovascular and other conditions, in particular inflammation. It includes a nutritional consultation, Pulsewave cardiovascular screening, and a review of current blood test results.

A personalized diet and lifestyle program is prepared for each person, to include healthy, satisfying, low carb/healthy fat choices for meals. I encourage my clients to learn, and understand the value of the dietary changes, to liaise with their GP and to monitor their blood sugars closely (if relevant) especially if they are on medications.


For a consultation or to attend a  workshop please contact me.

Erina Macsweeney B.Sc,  NT mNTOI

info@erinamacsweeney.com        Phone 087 2740788

Milltown Killarney Co Kerry

Consultations available by appointment in Killarney, Killorglin, and ONLINE.

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