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!