Actress Viola Davis opens up about prediabetes diagnosis

Academy-award winning actress Viola Davis has recently opened up about her diagnosis of prediabetes.

Davis, the star of films such as “The Help” and “Widows” and shows including ‘”How to Get Away with Murder”, was diagnosed with prediabetes in 2016.

Thankfully, a diagnosis of prediabetes does not mean that a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes is guaranteed. We know that eating a healthy, real-food diet and getting regular exercise can prevent prediabetes from turning into type 2 diabetes.

But the diagnosis was still, understandably, a shock to Davis.

Davis, 53, told People magazine, “I actually didn’t even know what to do, I have to say. I felt like I didn’t have a lot of resources. I consider myself to be a healthy eater, I exercise, I do it all.”

She received the news in August 2016 when a blood test revealed her blood sugar levels had crept into the prediabetes range. Diabetes runs in her family – her two sisters have type 2 diabetes, as did her great aunt – but she was surprised because she had been following a balanced diet.

Now, Davis has a new mission: to transform her health. “I want to be around for my daughter. I want to stay healthy for as long as I can for her,” she said.

Davis is also raising awareness of type 2 diabetes to help others make changes to avoid the condition. She will narrate the documentary “A Touch of Sugar” after teaming up with pharmaceutical company Merck on “America’s Diabetes Challenge”.

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