DEAR HARRIETTE: My sister just told me that she has diabetes. Her numbers were off the charts when she last went to the doctor for an appointment. I just went to the doctor for a physical and was told that I am prediabetic. I am devastated. I have known for years that my father’s family is prone to diabetes early in life, but I was determined that it wouldn’t happen to me. So far, it seems that it has. I don’t know what to do. I don’t want to give in to this disease. Any ideas? -- Family Death Sentence, Washington, D.C.
DEAR FAMILY DEATH SENTENCE: Get proactive. Given that this disease runs in your family, you must be extra vigilant to ensure that you do not succumb to it. Start by getting clear directions from your doctor about what you should and should not eat. Typically, this means that you must dramatically reduce or eliminate sugar from your diet. This is not easy to do, especially if you eat out a lot or eat canned or prepared foods. Do your best to prepare your own meals from scratch. This way, you will know exactly what ingredients you are consuming.
Start an exercise regimen. Many people become diabetic due to poor diet and lack of exercise. Move your body daily. Get your heart rate up and lose weight. You may be able to reverse your prediabetes by taking strident steps today. For ideas on good food choices go to: besthealthmag.ca/best-you/diabetes/the-top-20-foods-for-beating-diabetes/.