Reliv Six-Star Key Director Greg Johnson, of Olympia, Washington, just wants to live a long, normal, healthy life, and the key will be paying close attention to his adult-onset diabetes, a disease he knows can be dangerous if left unchecked.
“Diabetes can creep up on you,” says Greg, a retired school administrator who started taking Reliv’s basic nutrition six years ago in hopes of avoiding some of the complications he’s seen friends and family members suffer as a result of the disease he’s battled himself for 11 years.
Greg’s daily regimen of careful diet, exercise and Reliv shakes was already helping him keep his blood sugar levels fairly stable, but he was excited to give Reliv’s GlucAffect a try as soon as the product was announced.
“I ordered some right away. I was surprised how quickly and dramatically my blood sugar improved once I started taking GlucAffect four times a day,” he says. “Within a week, I noticed the change.” Adds Greg, “I’ve not experienced any complications with this disease yet, and I’d like to keep it that way!”
For eight years, Ria Mastenbrook of Sparta, New Jersey, was nearly completely disabled due to sarcoidosis, an inflammatory disease that affected Ria’s joints, lungs and heart. She was in extreme pain, slept every afternoon for three hours, and could barely take care of her two young children.
Five months ago, she started on Reliv Classic® and Innergize!® and now feels better every day, she says. “Now I don’t have to take long naps, my pain is reduced and I’m better able to take care of my kids.”
Ria also suffers from unstable blood sugar, so she decided to try GlucAffect™ in November.
Since then, she has noticed her blood sugar levels are now consistently in the normal range. “I felt horrible when I had episodes, but since taking GlucAffect, my blood sugar has remained steady,” she says. “I feel more balanced. I’ve also lost another 5 pounds just by taking two scoops a day. Reliv gives me hope that there could be an eventual end to the physical and emotional strife my family and I have lived.”
Friends and family are starting to notice the healthier Ria, who is a new Reliv Distributor along with her husband, Robert. “GlucAffect is starting to get people’s attention and they’re asking us more about Reliv,” Ria says. “This is our financial future.”
As a Presidential Bronze Ambassador, Joyce Mann of Haysville, Kansas, knows from experience that Reliv nutrition works, so she’s been willing to try new products, including Slimplicity® and GlucAffect™.
Joyce discovered Reliv eight years ago when she was helping her husband, Marvin, battle the terminal colon cancer that eventually took his life. She found relief for the joint discomfort, fatigue, allergies, brain fog and short-term memory problems that had plagued her for 25 years.
“I was only 60 years old, but felt like I was 80,” Joyce recalls. “I started on Reliv and my energy went through the roof. I could finally get up and down the stairs again.”
Joyce was also able to shed 15 pounds with Reliv’s Slimplicity and has recently started adding four scoops of GlucAffect to her daily Reliv shakes. She’s been pleased with the results.
“I was having some night sweats and waking up feeling heavy and tired because of a low thyroid condition,” she says. “But since I’ve added this new product, I’m having deeper sleep at night and even more mental clarity. My blood pressure is better, too.”
Reliv Director Sherry Cramer of Charleroi, Pennsylvania, really looks forward to putting a scoop of GlucAffect™ in her coffee. “It tastes a little bit like hot chocolate with cinnamon,” says Sherry, who started taking Reliv products when was diagnosed with type II diabetes two years ago.
“Staying consistent with Reliv’s basic nutrition really helped me with my high blood pressure, cholesterol and circulation in my feet, so when I heard about GlucAffect, I started taking it right away,” she says. “In just five weeks, I’ve lost nine pounds and my daily sugar readings have improved significantly.”
Sherry says controlling her diabetes and watching her weight can be difficult, especially since she craves carbohydrates and sweets. But she says GlucAffect is helping to curb some of those cravings.
“I’m finding that I don’t think about food all of the time,” she says. “I used to start thinking about what I was going to have for dinner while I was eating lunch. Now I can focus on other things and not feel like I need to nibble on something. That craving for something sweet just isn’t as strong. And I feel great!”
Two years ago at the age of just 31, Sara Shields of Siletz, Oregon, already had many symptoms of metabolic syndrome. She was overweight, apple-shaped, and had high cholesterol and high blood sugar. Her doctors told her she would likely have diabetes by age 35 if she didn’t make some lifestyle changes.
But Sara was in a Catch-22. She tried to lose weight but couldn’t exercise much because of back problems. In May 2008, she began taking Reliv’s basic nutrition, which helped alleviate some of her back discomfort. Her energy was improved, but her weight still dragged her down.
Things began to turn around the following November when Sara added GlucAffect to her daily shakes. In two months, she lost 16 pounds and noticed her blood sugar leveled out, even after meals.
“GlucAffect gave me the extra boost to start losing weight,” Sara says. “With the weight loss it was easier to work out, so now I’ve joined a gym and am walking regularly. Before when my blood sugar was high, I felt very lethargic, bloated and grumpy. Now that my blood sugar has stabilized, I feel so much better and don’t even crave sweets anymore.”
As a Reliv Master Affiliate, Sara says GlucAffect is also giving her a new avenue to talk to more people. “It’s given me an edge and opened doors. I’m much more active in my business now.”
Manley Lane, a 10-Star Key Director from Bath, Maine, has seen significant improvements with his health since starting on Reliv products two years ago.
“When I was introduced to Reliv, I was suffering from two auto-immune diseases, causing needle-like shocks that radiated throughout my legs,” Manley recalls. “I wound up losing my ability to drive and pretty much was confined to a wheelchair.”
Within three months of starting on Reliv’s basic nutrition, Manley was preaching at his church standing on his feet, rather than sitting in a chair. “The other day, I hiked to a fishing pond with a four-pound pack on my back!” he notes. “I never before realized the importance of great nutrition for our bodies.”
Now Manley has added GlucAffect to his nutrition regimen, and is reporting even more results. “At my annual physical, I weighed five pounds less than the previous year,” he states. “My blood pressure has improved, and my blood sugar has stabilized.
“I now have even more energy and vitality than before — and new people are joining my organization as the direct result of this new product,” Manley adds. “GlucAffect has added a whole new dimension to both my health and my business!”
Presidential Bronze Ambassador Valerie Opie of Mesa, Arizona, is seeing some surprising new results — particularly in her mid-section — since starting on Reliv’s newest product, GlucAffect. “In the six weeks I’ve been on the product, I’ve lost an inch around my waist and three inches of belly fat,” Valerie reports.
Perhaps even more exciting to Valerie has been watching her 13-year-old son, Samuel, achieve his own results with GlucAffect.
“In just one week, Samuel lost 10 pounds and dropped a pants size,” Valerie states — adding that, after also losing between 10 and 15 pounds earlier with Simplicity®, Samuel is now at his ideal weight.
The introduction of GlucAffect has helped Valerie reignite her Reliv business, as well. “I stepped back from my business after our house burned down two-and-a-half years ago,” she explains. “GlucAffect has given me a reason to re-visit everyone about Reliv, and now my business is booming again!
“Right now, there is a huge market of people looking for exactly what Reliv has to offer — effective and affordable targeted solutions to specific health issues,” Valerie adds. “I’ve never been more excited about Reliv than I am right now!”
Bill Albert is a retired trucker from Boonton, New Jersey, who had already gotten great results with a number of Reliv products. Then last fall, when he added GlucAffect, things got even better.
“I was quite a bit overweight and that certainly aggravated the osteoarthritis in my hips,” Bill says. “I combine GlucAffect with several other products, add a little fruit and make up a smoothie. By leveling out my blood sugar levels, my cravings to snack all day long have disappeared — I’ve lost 25 pounds and I have more energy than I’ve had in years. My primary care physician at the local VA Clinic told me, ‘I don’t know what you’re doing, but keep it up!’
“I tell people you don’t have to believe me — just try it for yourself,” Bill continues. “Some people have told me ‘nothing could work that well,’ but if they try it themselves, they get amazing results. Adding GlucAffect to the other Reliv products has made a huge difference for me — at 65, I feel 10 years younger. I swear by it!”
Ellen Alo, from Simpsonville, South Carolina, discovered she had high blood sugar during routine tests in 2000. “I had serious fibromyalgia issues. And I was getting results with a number of Reliv products,” she says. “But my blood sugar was still high and my doctor put me on insulin.”
When GlucAffect was launched last November, Ellen was eager to see how it might help her. “I feel so much better now,” Ellen says. “My blood sugar now tests on the low end of the scale, I have much more energy and both my triglycerides and cholesterol levels have come down… and I’ve dropped five pounds!”
Ellen appreciates the versatility of GlucAffect — she mixes it into her regular shake, or takes it in a cup of hot tea. But what she likes best about the new product is the way it helps manage her blood sugar. “When my blood sugar was too high or low, it affected my energy levels,” she says. “Since I’ve started using GlucAffect, I am on much more of an even keel.
“I’ve talked with many people who complain about tiredness and big swings in energy,” she continues. “And I tell them I have something that could do for them what it has done for me, and that’s GlucAffect!”
After 18 frustrating years of high, wildly fluctuating blood glucose numbers, type 2 diabetic Ray Doerr of Rochester Hills, Michigan, has discovered new hope in GlucAffect™.
“For years there seemed to be no cause and effect between my blood glucose readings and what I ate, how much I slept or how I exercised,” says Ray, who recently retired after more than 39 years as an engineering and manufacturing manager for a U.S. automotive company.
Earlier this year, Ray started taking four daily servings of GlucAffect and Simplicity® mixed with water. In two months, he dropped 18 pounds and stabilized his blood sugar numbers at a healthy level for the first time.
“Thanks to these two products I feel like a new man,” Ray says. “I’m standing taller, walking straighter and I have more energy. Most importantly, I have developed a much more hopeful outlook on life.”
Camille, Ray’s wife of 40 years, has experienced good results from taking Arthaffect® to alleviate pain in her knee from a surgery a year-and-a-half ago.
“I can only speak of the results we’ve achieved,” Ray says, “but we’re both extremely enthusiastic and positive about these products.”
Don Braun, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, struggled with high blood sugar for years. A Type II diabetic, Don worked hard to keep his levels in an acceptable range. Any variation in his diet — a sandwich along with a salad at lunch — would send his levels way up.
In 2007, a friend introduced Don to Reliv. He began a regimen of several shakes a day, combining five different products and bringing his sugar levels down from a high of 399 to between 130-150 — and made his doctor happy. But when GlucAffect was unveiled, Don embraced the new product, ordering a couple of cases. Now his levels are steady in a healthy range of 110-125!
Don experienced two very interesting effects of GlucAffect. “One shake before bed, I sleep like a brick. But if I have a shake before I walk or exercise, I get a couple of hours of extra energy. I take four GlucAffect shakes a day, and I’ve cut down on my use of other products, so GlucAffect has really paid for itself.”
And, Don adds, “While I still watch my diet, that occasional sandwich does not send my blood sugar back up. And spiced apple tea, hot or cold, mixed with GlucAffect is delicious!”
Lore Raatz, a high school teacher in Gillett, Wisconsin, uses GlucAffect to help manage her hypoglycemia. She began taking Reliv products in 2007 to aid in her recovery from an unsuccessful heart surgery.
She says the products helped her regain her energy and to avoid a second heart surgery. “When GlucAffect came out, I starting taking it because a very high percentage of hypoglycemics develop type 2 diabetes later in life,” she says. Lore mixes one scoop a day of GlucAffect with her regular shakes, and admits to loving the taste.
“Within the first three weeks of using GlucAffect, my blood pressure had gone down and the swelling in my ankles had gotten much better,” she says. “I just had my complete blood work done and my blood pressure and fasting blood sugar levels were wonderful. I can’t remember the last time that happened.”
Lore’s husband, Rick, uses GlucAffect for prevention because diabetes runs in his family. They are sharing it with friends and family who have a higher risk of diabetes in their lives.
Lore’s heart condition is regenerative. “I will never stop taking Reliv’s products,” she says. “Everybody can benefit from them, but I need them from the bottom of my newly healed heart!”
For more than 20 years, Judy Niemuth, 64, of Hawthorn Woods, Illinois, watched her mother battle diabetes and struggle with her health. Last October, at age 85, Judy's mother passed away from a massive heart attack.
"I was emotionally and physically devastated," Judy says. "I am also an overweight diabetic, so in addition to mourning for her, I was frustrated and worried about my own condition. But I realized I still had time to change my life."
Judy started taking GlucAffect, and after five months says she has lost 30 pounds and watched her glucose levels plummet from an average daily level of 268 down to 115.
"I am ecstatic about these changes and I can only get better," she says. "I am now taking Reliv essential nutrition with GlucAffect two or three times a day. I am convinced that if I stay on Reliv's products and continue to lose weight, I will no longer be in harm's way because of my diabetic condition. My goal is to maintain my diabetes the healthy way — the Reliv nutritional way. And I can't wait to help others and tell the whole world about my success story. It truly has been a miracle for me!"
Ambassador Paula Coffey of Millersburg, Ohio, and her husband, George, hold regular GlucAffect™ calls with their Distributors. Most have customers using it with remarkable results. One couple even joined Reliv as Master Affiliates because of it! “He is a diabetic so they wanted the product,” explains Paula. “When I told them about the opportunity to build a business around GlucAffect, they came into the business at the top profit level. They wanted to be the first to market it and were thinking of family members and friends they could help.”
We all know people who have diabetes or who need help managing their blood sugar levels, notes Paula. “GlucAffect has clinical trial results supporting that it just flat-out works,” she says. “When people get amazing results, they share their stories and then those people want GlucAffect, too. This is an awesome nutritional product and an amazing business opportunity.”
The Coffeys “walk the talk.” George’s 83-year-old mother uses GlucAffect and Paula takes it in her daily shakes, despite having no blood sugar problems. “I like the way it tastes and I crave those healthy ingredients,” she says. “Dr. Carl has come up with a wonderful product — there is nothing out there that compares.”
When Mark Selman of Alpharetta, Georgia, learned that his fasting blood sugar level had reached 124, and his doctor started talking about medication, it “shocked” him enough to give GlucAffect® a try.
“I told my doctor about GlucAffect, and that I planned to take the product consistently four times a day, just like in the clinical trial,” Mark reports.
At his follow-up appointment two months later, Mark learned that his blood sugar level had lowered to 97, which is within the normal range. And his weight was down, as well. “I’d lost 15 pounds, and I’ve since lost five more,” Mark states.
“I give a lot — if not all — the credit to GlucAffect,” he continues. “I’ve never been able to lose this much weight before through diet and exercise alone — and I love the taste!
“My parents both died of cancer, and I’ve been taking the Reliv basic nutrition for the past four years primarily as a preventative measure,” Mark adds. “I know that, by eating right, exercising regularly, and now adding GlucAffect to my nutritional regime, I’m doing everything I can to maintain optimum health, now and in the future.”
About a year ago, Brian Edelstein was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Brian, who lives in a Chicago suburb and works as a project manager in the printing industry, immediately changed the way he ate and stepped up his exercise program. He did everything his doctors advised.
When Reliv introduced GlucAffect™ last November, Brian’s brother, Alan, suggested that he try this new product to help further reduce his blood glucose levels.
“I thought I should try it if it was something that could help more,” remembers Brian. “So I started taking one scoop of GlucAffect every day with my morning coffee. Within a couple of weeks, my blood sugar levels began to dip.”
Motivated by those initial results, Brian began mixing Glucaffect with other basic Reliv products in regular morning and evening shakes. A recent blood test revealed that his A1C level had dropped from 6.5 to 6.0 since he began taking GlucAffect. Brian says he is sleeping better and has much more energy.
“It’s exciting to feel better and to talk to other people experiencing the same positive results,” adds Brian, who has since become a Master Affiliate. “I can’t say enough great things about this product!”
Senior Director Bill Guilford of Alpharetta, Georgia, has always done the right things to stay in shape. He eats a healthy diet and exercises regularly, doing both cardio and weight training. Yet, seemingly out of nowhere last year, Bill started to gain weight.
“I wound up gaining fifteen pounds, mostly around my mid-section,” Bill recalls. “I figured it was just a part of turning 50.”
“When GlucAffect™ came out, I immediately called my mom to find out who she knew that had diabetes and could benefit from the product,” he continues. “And I was shocked to find out that diabetes runs rampant in my family — my aunt, uncle and both sets of grandparents all have the disease.”
Concerned that perhaps he was experiencing the onset of diabetes, Bill began taking GlucAffect four times a day, while maintaining his diet and exercise regime. “I’ve since lost 18 pounds and am literally in better physical shape than I was in my twenties,” Bill states. “And my blood sugar level is in the mid 80s, which is fantastic.
“Now I know that I don’t have to look a certain way just because I’m older,” he adds. “This product is phenomenal!”
For Angela Hosman of Surprise, Arizona, GlucAffect could not have arrived at a more critical time.
“My blood sugar levels were dangerously high, between 300 and 400, and the neuropathy in my feet had spread all the way to my knees,” Angela says. “My doctor informed me that, if I didn’t get my blood sugar under control, I would lose my legs by the time I was 35 — and that my only option was an insulin pump, a highly invasive procedure which I was desperate to avoid.”
Introduced to GlucAffect by her mother-in-law, Angela began taking the product “religiously” four times a day. “After six weeks on the product, my blood sugar had dropped to a normal range of between 80 and 100!” Angela states.
And that wasn’t the only thing that dropped during those six weeks. “I also lost 13 pounds,” she reports. “And, since I’ve started taking the Reliv basic nutrition, I’ve lost a total of 29 pounds — That’s 19 percent of my body weight! I feel absolutely awesome, and I’ve been told that the sparkle is back in my eyes.”
Angela and her husband now hope to have a baby some day. “I never thought I would be able to drastically change my life like this,” she says. “To me, GlucAffect is a miracle — I’ll never go without it!”
After just one month as a Reliv Distributor, Director Jen Zehner of Salem, Oregon, has discovered firsthand that the way to jump-start a new business is by sharing the opportunity with everyone. She’s leading with the business, using Reliv’s newest product, GlucAffect, as an entry point. Aware that her grandmother, Marilyn, had recently been diagnosed with diabetes, Jen invited Marilyn — along with her father and sister — to a Reliv Special Event.
“They all started on the products, and my grandmother became a Master Affiliate that same day,” Jen states.
At the top of Marilyn's list of people to contact about Reliv was her neighbor, Nora, who suffered from neuropathy in her legs and feet, and had already lost a toe as a result of diabetes.
“I set an appointment with Nora, including my upline, so that she could hear the whole Reliv story,” Jen recalls. “And while Nora wasn’t sure about the business at first, she did start on the product right away — and she referred me to her friend, Judy, whom she knew was looking for a business opportunity.
“GlucAffect is so powerful,” Jen adds. “Its results can be proven so quickly that you can literally build a business around it. And with more people than ever in need of this product, I’m really excited about my future with Reliv!”
Steve Tucker is a former autoworker from Affton, Missouri. In the years before he retired, Steve underwent a series of surgeries to repair his foot after it was crushed in a workplace accident.
These surgeries sent Steve into a prolonged period of inactivity that led him to gain 80 pounds. A visit to his doctor for a physical confirmed his fears: “Everything my doctor told me was bad,” he says. “In addition to being overweight, my blood pressure was high, all my cholesterol levels were bad, my triglycerides were off the chart and my blood glucose level was averaging over 260.”
In response to this bleak report, Steve began drinking four Reliv shakes a day containing GlucAffect™. He added CardioSentials® to two of these shakes. The rapid results surprised everyone — including his doctor.
“Within a couple of weeks, my daily blood sugar numbers were down around 150,” says Steve. “When I went back for my six-week checkup, my numbers across the board were near the healthy range.”
Steve also has changed his eating habits and established a daily exercise routine. “I’ve lost 21 pounds and in just six short weeks I have gotten my life back into my own hands” he says. “It’s wonderful!”
Brenda Fettig, a Reliv Director from East Helena, Montana, didn’t realize just how unhealthy she was until she started feeling better with Reliv.
“I think sometimes you just don’t realize what you’re missing out on,” says Brenda, who was diagnosed as a Type II diabetic in October 2007. “Diabetes runs in my family on both sides, and I knew I was at risk, but I guess I was so busy putting everyone else first, that I didn’t take it seriously.”
Brenda and her husband have four children and served as foster parents for 13 years. She says she was tired and sick much of the time, and also overweight. She’d already lost 100 pounds when she started taking Reliv. The products gave her relief from chronic sinus and ear infections.
GlucAffect did even more for Brenda, relieving tingling and numbness in her feet and reducing the spikes and drops in her blood sugar levels.
“Now, when somebody has a birthday, I can eat a little cake and ice cream without a problem,” she says. “I’m so thankful because I feel so much better. I’ve got to take care of myself because I need to be around for all of my children.”
Long before GlucAffect came about, Master Director Vicki Leslie of Fort Worth, Texas, had already achieved amazing results with Reliv.
“My husband is always saying that I wouldn’t be alive today if it weren’t for Reliv,” Vicki notes. “Before Reliv, I was spending my days in bed, overwhelmed by the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia and migraine headaches.”
Still, when it came to her weight, Vicki continued to struggle. “I have many of the traits that are characteristic of metabolic syndrome — my waistline is over 34 inches, and my cholesterol and triglyceride levels are on the higher side,” Vicki states. “So I was really excited when Reliv introduced GlucAffect to the market in mid-November.
“I started on the product immediately and, after just one week, I lost five pounds!” she continues. “I since have lost a total of 17 pounds, and my cholesterol and triglyceride levels are lowering for the first time in years.
“Reliv has made a huge difference in my quality of life over the past seven years,” Vicki adds. “And now that we have Glucaffect, I’m looking forward to the day when my weight is within the normal range, and I look as good on the outside as I feel on the inside!”
When Senior Directors Capt. Steven and Dee Ann Lucks of Idaho Falls, Idaho, first heard about Reliv GlucAffect, they literally cried for joy.
“Our daughter was diagnosed with diabetes at age nine, and has suffered from this chronic, debilitating disease for 12 years now,” Dee Ann states. “So we were honestly overwhelmed that Reliv had developed a product that could help her.
“Our daughter has what her doctor likes to call ‘Type III’ diabetes, because she has the symptoms of both Type I and Type II diabetes,” Dee Ann continues. “Type I, because her pancreas no longer produces insulin, and Type II, because she is insulin-resistant.”
On the morning that the Lucks’ daughter started on GlucAffect, her fasting blood sugar level was 292, well above the normal range of 70-to-100.
“Within eight days of taking four scoops of GlucAffect per day, her blood sugar had dropped to 151,” Dee Ann states. “Over the next six weeks, it dropped to as low as 63, with an average of 136!
“The clinic where her doctor works has been involved in diabetes research for the past ten years, and everyone there is very impressed with her results,” Dee Ann adds. “There is no other product out there that can do what GlucAffect does — it truly is ground-breaking.”