(PRWEB) June 23, 2006
Take a minute to imagine a world that encompasses bone chilling 90 mile an hour winds, -90° temperatures, extreme altitudes, deadly avalanches, and plummeting crevasses. For most of us this icy world is only found in our imaginations. For Geri Winkler, a school teacher and experienced professional outdoor sportsman, climbing high mountains in conditions such as these is just another day in his extreme life. Anyone hearing of the incredible feats he has accomplished would never guess that he was battling with the limitations of having Type-1 diabetes. A diabetic since age 28, Geri has not let diabetes stop him from pursuing his dream of conquering the Seven Summits, the highest mountains on each of the world’s seven continents.
Undeterred by Antarctic winds, tropical diseases or diabetes, Geri has already successfully climbed three of the Seven Summits: Mount Aconcagua in Argentina (6,960m / 22,841 ft), Mount Elbrus in Russia (5, 642m / 18,841ft), and Mount Vinzon Masiff in Antarctica (5,140m / 16,863 ft). During his travels Geri has shown that he could manage his blood sugar level even in the face of extreme cold, heat, and harsh weather conditions. On May 21st he will stand at the foot of Alaska’s Mt. McKinley (6,173m / 20,253 ft), a towering mountain of rock and ice that takes the lives of one in every 200 people that attempt to climb its treacherous face. Geri hopes to add his name to the short list of only 85 climbers who have actually reached the very top, and be the first diabetic in the world to do so. Geri is living proof that with a healthy lifestyle, exercise and proper nutrition, the limitations of diabetes can be overcome and dreams can be realized.
An overwhelming 18.2 million people in the United States today suffer from the limitations of diabetes. In order to survive, people with Type-1 diabetes must have insulin delivered by pump or injections, also taking regular medication to control their cholesterol and blood pressure to avoid the numerous complications of diabetes. Type-one diabetics are also more prone to heart and kidney disease, and have a higher risk of blindness. They are prone to foot and skin problems, and they often suffer from depression. It is hard for many people to imagine dealing with these symptoms in their everyday lives, and completely unrealistic for them to imagine combating them in the conditions that Mt. McKinley presents. For Geri however, these limitations are a challenge he has met with unyielding determination all his life, unwilling to give up his dreams.
Strain and heavy exertion at high altitudes can cause wild fluctuations in blood sugar levels, a dangerous condition for diabetics. To prepare for this, Geri relies on his regimen of regular physical exercise, medication, and getting proper nutrition. He regularly drinks Charantea Ampalaya Tea, a supplement made from the Ampalaya herb (Momordica charantia Linn.) which he relies on to help keep his blood sugar level stable, saying he even takes it during his climbs. To Geri, living a healthy lifestyle can make a normal (and more than normal) life is possible, despite diabetes. Geri hopes to motivate diabetics worldwide to take an active interest in staying healthy and not allow diabetes to limit their lives.
The Ampalaya, also known as Bitter Melon or Bitter Gourd, is traditionally used in Asia as both a nutritious vegetable and medicinal herb. Eaten as a vegetable, it is rich in iron, beta-carotene, potassium and other nutrients that boost the immune system. As a medicinal herb, it is traditionally used as a home remedy for various illnesses like anemia, hypertension, constipation, nerve and viral diseases but it is particularly helpful for diabetes because of its scientifically-proven hypoglycemic properties, including a compound called polypeptide-p, a known plant insulin.
Since the 1950’s, over 200 pre-clinical and clinical studies have been done on the plant on its nutritional benefits. Dr. William Torres states that the herb “helps increase glucose tolerance and potentiate insulin.” while Dr. A. Raman and C. Lau of the Department of Pharmacy, King’s College in London concludes that, “Oral administration of fruit juice or seed powder [of Ampalaya] causes a reduction in fasting blood glucose tolerance.” These findings are supported by the consistent positive feedback from patients using the herb to supplement their daily diet. Patients report marked improvement in their general well-being, like being more alert and active. In Asia, the herb is officially endorsed by the Association of Municipal Health Officers of the Philippines as an adjunct to their patient’s diabetes care, and has even made Charantea Ampalaya Tea as the official food supplement of Operation Diabetes, a national program on diabetes prevention and control.
Learning about the herb’s anti-diabetes benefits during his travels in Asia, Geri has made Charantea a part of his daily diet, saying it allows him to live more fully than before. Made from 100% dried Ampalaya (Bitter Melon) fruit, Charantea is intended to fortify a low-fat, low-fiber diet recommended for persons concerned with maintaining a healthy blood sugar level.
With determination, the proper training, a healthy diet and the help of Charantea, Geri has climbed some of the highest mountains in the world. Through his achievements, Geri has proven that with healthy living and taking an active interest in your own health, the limits of diabetes can be overcome. A popular diabetic spokesperson in Europe, Geri is an inspiration to diabetics worldwide showing that life with diabetes does not need to be restricted. Geri has proven that all dreams are possible, even with diabetes.
Charantea is a product of FulLife Natural Options, Inc. Charantea can be purchased online at http://www.charanteausa.com, or by calling 1-877-3472290 (toll free).
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