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Holly's Story About Preventing Diabetes

Holly's Favorite Recipe

Chicken Ratatouille

It may be hard to say “ratatouille,” but this one-dish recipe will show you that it’s very easy to eat.

Chicken Ratatouille  

Calories 266 • Total fat 8 g • Sodium 253 mg • Carbs 21 g

Holly

  • Age: 42
  • Location: Northport, New York
  • Diabetes Status: Had gestational diabetes, preventing type 2 diabetes
  • Activities: Walking, aerobics
  • Favorite Healthy Food: Raw veggies, salads
  • Weakness: Chocolate, peanut butter
  • Goals:
    • Choose fruit to satisfy my cravings for sweets
    • Go for walks with my kids
    • Teach my family how to prevent diabetes
Holly  
 

I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes when I was pregnant with my first child. After my baby was born, a test showed that my blood glucose went back to normal, so for a while I didn’t think any more about it. But when I had another test later on to follow up, my blood glucose was higher than normal and I found out that I had prediabetes. I was pretty surprised, and I knew I had to do something. I joined a diabetes education program at my local hospital and started making changes to what I was eating and how much exercise I was getting. I replaced my chocolate snack cake stash with fresh fruit and started taking daily walks.

The great news is that I improved my blood sugar in just a few months, and when I got pregnant again a year later, I didn’t develop gestational diabetes. Every day I still work to live a healthy life by staying active and making the right food choices. I’m definitely holding a line against the disease.​​​​​​​​​


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