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BootCamp for Betics Diabetes Education Program

BootCamp for Betics 21-module Signature Program

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A proven, step-by-step program to fix your blood sugar and lower your A1C.

My blood sugar used to run in the 200s and 300s and I felt like crap all day. Now my blood sugar hangs out between 70-140 and I feel so much better.

I'm less thirsty.

I'm less sweaty.

I'm less dizzy.

I'm less tired.

And I'm definitely less grumpy!

My friends & family think the solution to perfect blood sugars is to just “eat right and exercise.”

It’s not that simple.

Health supplement peddlers and their loyal followers insist you can cure your diabetes with the latest milkshake, herbal treatment or fad diet.

You can’t.

The only way to sustainably lower your average blood sugar (A1C) is to:

1. Become an absolute expert on diabetes

2. Become a blood sugar champion (kick your blood sugar's butt) in perpetuity

I’d like to take you by the hand and show you the exact process that 19 other type 1 and type 2 diabetics used in August 2015 to become diabetes experts and blood sugar champions.

BootCamp for Betics is a self-paced 21-day online Diabetes Education and Blood Sugar Management course.

Expect to spend 45 to 90 minutes each day actively participating in BootCamp for Betics. You'll exercise your brain for 30 minutes, becoming an expert on a specific diabetes topic via the daily online video lecture and knowledge challenge. You'll also check and log your blood sugars, meds, foods and exercise using the BootCamp for Betics log form. You’ll spend the remaining time (15-60 minutes) on physical activity, which you can do at your own pace.

At the end, you can optionally take a certification exam and/or you can share your hard work with your doctor so that you can work together to make valuable and healthful changes to your diabetes care plan.


Get BootCamp for Betics as a gift for a friend or loved one:

Number of Gifts
Help save the world, one diabetic at a time.
Expect to receive your unique gift code via email within 2 business days.

Course Curriculum & Requirements
this is an intensive diabetes education program for people who have diabetes (type 1, type 2 and type 1.5)
Questions? Email me at kstiles@brutuspartners.com


Day 1 & 2: Baseline Blood Sugar Challenge

  • Fasting in blocks of 4-8 hours over 2.5 days to analyze baseline blood sugar levels
  • Logging and baseline analysis
  • Create a baseline blood sugar graph
  • Explore and implement strategies to flatline your baseline blood sugar


Day 3: Welcome to BootCamp, Instructions, Get Motivated

  • Set blood sugar goals
  • Set A1C goals
  • Print weekly blood sugar logs
  • Get your supplies ready
  • Complete a fun 10-20 question knowledge challenge and complete a physical activity assignment (physical activity is done at your own pace) -This is done DAILY


Day 4: 30 Things that Make You High

  • A non-medical presentation on stimuli that cause high blood sugar, including coffee, stress and other non-carbohydrate factors.
  • Learn WHY and HOW these things cause high blood sugar and develop strategies for dealing with them.
  • Learn to accept that your high blood sugar may not be your fault.


Day 5: Reprogramming Habits and Reducing Barriers

  • Study habit loops
  • Learn facts and myths about habits, how they’re formed and how long they take to break
  • Perform a self-analysis on your own habit loops
  • Strategize on how to replace undesirable habits with desirable ones


Day 6: How Low can you Go? | Treating Highs and Lows

  • Determine whether you are at risk of a hypo
  • Take steps to prevent hypos
  • Create better plans for getting a high blood sugar back into target range


Day 7: Be Your Own Diabetic Boss | Mock Clinic

  • Put on your virtual lab coat and become a doctor for a day
  • Analyze someone else’s real live blood sugar log and make recommendations
  • Make recommendations to 5 virtual patients via today’s knowledge challenge
  • Take steps to be cold-blooded and diabetically smart about your own blood sugar analyses


Day 8 & 9: Choose Your Own Adventure

  • Log and analyze results of your adventure
  • Set a plan to stabilize your blood sugar based on results


Day 10: Extreme Highs, Extreme Lows, Complications & Ketones

  • Learn when it’s an emergency, and how to resolve emergencies
  • Learn WHY and HOW blood sugar levels cause complications in various parts of your body
  • Build a strategy to avoid complications or, if you already have complications, build a strategy to stop complications from progressing (yes, in many cases, this can be done!)


Day 11: Winning the Carbohydrate Battle

  • Get smart about “low fat,” “sugar free” & “no sugar added” and how these affect blood sugar
  • See real examples about food choices and alternative options
  • Learn how to calculate your own carbohydrate sensitivity factor (a NEW technique not currently used anywhere in the world) at various times throughout the day
  • Calculate and implement your carb limits at various times throughout the day based on your carbohydrate sensitivity factor, ensuring much lower postprandial blood sugar levels


Day 12: Exercise and Weight Loss

  • Learn my secret to weight loss when the deck is stacked against you
  • If desired, create a weight loss plan for yourself


Day 13: Insulin and Oral Meds

  • Learn, in plain language, how medications affect your blood sugar
  • Understand which meds are crossover meds (can be used by both type 1 and type 2 diabetics) and how they’ll work depending on what type of diabetes you have
  • Develop a strategy to add, remove or titrate medication doses, resulting in more stable blood sugar levels


Day 14: Mock Clinic

  • Similar to day 7, study and analyze a real blood sugar log and make recommendations to the “patient.”


Day 15 & 16: Choose Your Own Adventure

  • Log and analyze results of your adventure
  • Set a plan to stabilize your blood sugar based on results


Day 17: Protein, Fat & Fiber

  • Why the hell should we even care about protein, fat & fiber, anyway?
  • Creatively using protein, fat & fiber to influence blood sugar outcomes


Day 18: Advanced Blood Sugar Management

  • Despite the first 17 days of information, there are still MORE tricks to learn to creatively manage your blood sugar and keep it stable. Day 18 may blow your mind.


Day 19: Organics, Supplements, Vitamins & Sweeteners

  • Discuss rumors and truths about organics, supplements, vitamins & sweeteners
  • Make informed decisions about how/whether to consume these
  • Make life easier


Day 20: Mock Clinic

  • Download and print your IDMR (Individual Diabetes Management Record) form.
  • Learn how to complete and implement your own, unique, individualized diabetes management plan using the IDMR form


Day 21: Certification, Next Steps

  • Complete the certification exam, earn your BootCamp for Betics CDA (Certified Diabetes Authority) credentials
  • Become a BootCamp for Betics advocate, start saving lives


Expectations
As I mentioned earlier, most days (with some exceptions) consist of a video lecture, an online knowledge challenge, practical exercises and physical activity. Since everyone is at a different level of fitness, physical activity assignments are done at your own pace



Requirements

  • Computer or other internet-enabled device for watching the video instructions
  • Printer for printing the forms
  • A positive attitude
  • A commitment to better blood sugars


Would you ever have believed that having diabetes could actually be this FUN and INTERESTING?

I appreciated the time taken to explain and guide participants through testing of sensitivity ratios etc. The section on habits and food/nutrition were remarkable.

I just want to thank you for doing this. I would have loved to have been able to experience this when first diagnosed, but better later than never! -Anonymous Type 2 Participant [August, 2015 BootCamp Graduate]

I've had [diabetes] for almost 50 years. It's easy to become complacent and think you know it all. The in-depth information about the latest technology, food, insulin, exercise, coupled with real world examples, made me excited to be a diabetic...and look forward to the next 50 years!

The mission of Diabetic Boot Camp is to help you be your own clinician. It gave me the knowledge to understand my diabetes much better, and to work more diligently as the most important member of my diabetes team.

CJ, Type 1 New York [August, 2015 BootCamp graduate]

Remarkable broad based education with hands on trials that filled in several gaps in the training received over the years. Randy. Type 1 insulin pump user. [August, 2015 BootCamp graduate]

Your Instructor


Kara Stiles
Kara Stiles

Hi, I’m Kara.

I have a diabetes educator level 1 certificate from AADE and a couple of bachelors degrees from the U of Arizona. I have a regular day job as a technology consultant, and even though I like my day job, diabetes is my true passion.

I’ve been type 1 diabetic since 1986. I’ve been attending diabetes camps since 1987. I’ve been a camper, a counselor, a staff director and training director at diabetes camps for the last 30 years. My late maternal grandmother had diabetes, and died from complications related thereto. Both of my grandfathers have diabetes, and so do my dad and my uncle. My little brother is hyperinsulinemic, which means that his pancreas is already overproducing insulin to counteract his body's insulin resistance. I hate diabetes!

But guess what. Diabetics aren't doomed. There is a way to have diabetes and still live a long and healthful life, but, at times, it can be hard as hell. Like, really, really, insanely hard. But I’ve finally figured out how to lower my blood sugars and keep my A1C at a reasonable level (5.7-6.3). And it's not easy, and sometimes I screw up, but my method is totally workable for anyone who wants to fix their blood sugar, including you. And I want to share what I’ve learned with you, so that you can be healthy and feel better, too.

With Betic Love,
Kara


Frequently Asked Questions


Isn't 21 days pretty intensive?
Yep. But, you don't have to complete the course in 21 days. In fact, some folks have decided to do 7 days at a time, spread out over a few months. So, you could complete days 1-7 now, and then you could complete days 8-14 next month, and so on. You never lose access to the course materials, so you can access the materials when it's convenient for you. If you want to, you could even stretch this class out for 21 weeks, completing one module per week!
Is BootCamp for Betics for type 1 or type 2?
BootCamp for Betics is for type 1, type 2, type 1.5 (LADA), gestational diabetics and pre-diabetics. There's a big difference among the types of diabetes, but we all have a common goal, which is to get our blood sugar into target range as much as possible. BootCamp is designed for anyone who wants to improve their diabetic life and fix their blood sugar.
I'm not diabetic but I still want to take the course.
That's great! This probably means that you care about someone who is diabetic and want to support them as much as possible. Good for you! You can absolutely take the course and learn as much as you can about diabetes.
Will I lose access if I don't complete Bootcamp in 21 days?
Nope! When you register for this course, you register for LIFETIME access. This means that you can take as long as you need to finish BootCamp.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
I would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact me in the first 14 days and I will give you a full refund.

Still not sure you're ready for this?

Check out what my August 2015 class had to say in their post-bootcamp surveys:

Q; What did you like most about BootCamp for Betics?

I liked that finally someone talked and answered questions on subjects that diabetics truly want and need to know about.
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Opportunity to learn a few strategies for diabetes management and encouragement to improve activity level
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The time taken to explain and guide participants through testing of sensitivity ratios etc. The section on habits and food/nutrition were remarkable.
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I was reassured I'm not alone in this journey.
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presented well
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1. The number of topics covered.
2. The intelligence, knowledge and commitment of Kara to showing us new information.
3. The real life examples.
4. The ability to relate to real-world diabetics who have been through this.
5. Intense amount of research for each 45-minute session.
6. No commitment to pharm companies, pump mfrs. Material was not swayed.
7. While the focus and references weighed more toward type 1 and pump use, I appreciated it a lot.
8. 10. The chance to spend more than "20 minutes" at a scheduled appointment with a CDE and delve into the formulas, etc. that only my doctor and CDE know was worth everything.
11. Quick responses to questions.
12. Leaving the last day with the formulas all set down. Am trying to use them...would love to have a quick follow up session 2 or 3 months from now.
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I am motivated to check sugar always and watch carb counts. I also gained knowledge of how much carbs contribute to bs increase amount
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What could be improved about BootCamp for Betics?

I would really have appreciated a bootcamp just for type 2 diabetics.
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I would like to see more activity on discussions. Maybe some multi-day discussion? Also, perhaps more love discussion time.
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Geez that's tough. A class for insulin pump users is an opotunity, though this course covered a whole lot. A lot of folks wear pumps and I don't think a lot of people using cgms use the software as they could, an area of oportunity. The work on habits was very good, that is a real keystone.
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We'd like to put quotes from actual participants on our website! If you have some nice things to say about BootCamp for Betics, please type them below.

The real world truth about being diabetic.
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Nice to have a clinic that promotes a common sense approach, not one or another extreme diet or "magic" cure.
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Remarkable broad based education with hands on trials that filled in several gaps in the training received over the years. Randy. Type 1 insulin pump user.
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I've had Type 1 for almost 50 years. It's easy to become complacent and think you know it all. The in-depth information about the latest technology, food, insulin, exercise, coupled with real world examples, made me excited to be a diabetic...and look forward to the next 50 years!
CJ, Type 1 New York
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The mission of Diabetic Boot Camp is to help you be your own clinician. It gave me the knowledge to understand my diabetes much better, and to work more diligently as the most important member of my diabetes team.
CJ, Type 1, New York
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Do you have any other comments to share with the BootCamp for Betics staff?

I just want to thank you for doing this. I would have loved to have been able to experience this when first diagnosed, but better later than never!
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Thank you for letting me take part of this first round of boot camp!
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Great idea, the webcasts is a wonderful tool given absurd work schedule I could still take part.
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They were great!
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Thank you so very much for all your hard work. It really showed.

To promote this, I think PR through an article in the diabetes magazines....you're interviewed, CDE's are interviewed, etc. I often look through Diabetes Forecast and the other mags for information on adult, type 1 boot camps. (A few years ago there was an article about a cruise for diabetics!) A lot of camps have come and gone. This being online makes it unique.

I'm a writer and an editor for a company that publishes magazines for trade associations. I'd be thrilled to write something for you and get it published.

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