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Sandra's Story About Preventing Diabetes

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Sandra

  • Age: 48
  • Location: Pickerington, Ohio
  • Diabetes Status: Had gestational diabetes, preventing type 2 diabetes
  • Activities: Walking, water aerobics
  • Favorite Healthy Food: Turkey chili
  • Weakness: Mexican food
  • Goals:
    • Use the grill instead of frying foods
    • When eating out, split large meals with a friend
    • Stay motivated to exercise by mixing it up and trying new activities
Sandra  
 

For me, preventing diabetes is about keeping history from repeating itself. My mother had diabetes, and complications of it caused her to lose her eyesight and her kidneys to fail. Diabetes may run in families, but I’m determined to break the cycle. When I was pregnant with my son, I told my doctor about my family history of diabetes and made sure I got tested for gestational diabetes (GDM). In my seventh month I found out I had GDM, but immediately I began working with my doctor to get educated and make a plan to manage it.

My son is now nine years old, and he, my husband, and I keep up our healthy habits together— whether it’s going for a walk in the park, playing soccer, or grilling out. Life is all about choices, and that's what staying healthy is really about. Making the choice to eat healthy and exercise is simple. Sticking to a plan can be challenging, but it is possible…and the fact that I’m still diabetes-free proves it!​​​​​​

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The Lasting Impact of Gestational Diabetes
The Lasting Impact of Gestational Diabetes (3:56)

​​​​Sandra's history of gestational diabetes increases her future risk for developing diabetes and her son's risk for obesity and type 2 diabetes. She and her family take steps to prevent diabetes together.


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