TV personality Sherri Shepherd regularly uses her Twitter platform to talk candidly about her struggles with weight loss and type 2 diabetes. When Shepherd was diagnosed with diabetes, she was at her heaviest and realized it was time to be proactive. She lost over 40 pounds and has managed to get her diabetes under control, without medication, by eating right and following a healthy lifestyle. With the help of her doctor, she created a plan to help others achieve the same success she had and wrote a book about it called Plan D: How to Lose Weight and Beat Diabetes. On Thursday night, she offered advice to a fan who was diabetic and who loved to snack—but was at a loss as to what to do for the cravings. Sherri replied to the fan:
what about apples & almond butter; greek yogurt (Oinkos Triple Zero flavor) w/ unsalted nuts or flax seeds4 crunch
what about apples & almond butter; greek yogurt (Oinkos Triple Zero flavor) w/ unsalted nuts or flax seeds4 crunch https://t.co/U2k0XaUdrFAdvertisement
— Sherri Shepherd (@SherriEShepherd) February 26, 2016
Shepherd’s recommendation to her Twitter fan was on point. Flax seeds are made up of oil and contain alpha linolenic acid—they are also an excellent choice for diabetics. In fact, a recent study published in Current Pharmaceutical Design shows that flax seeds can help control glucose levels in diabetics. For the study, testing was done on lab rats—and researchers discovered a reduction in the rats’ chances of developing type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers diabetes prevention programs across the country. The lifestyle change programs is intended to educate people in a group format about how to make better lifestyle choices so they can reduce their risk of getting type 2 diabetes. The program comes with handouts, an approved curriculum, a lifestyle coach who is trained to lead the program, and a support group of like-minded individuals with the same goals—so the support network is strong. It can be delivered online or in person and is designed for people who have pre-diabetes or are at risk for type 2 diabetes, but it is not intended for those who already have type 2 diabetes.
Sherri Shepherd. Twitter post. February 25. 9:50 p.m.
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“National diabetes prevention program,” CDC web site; http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/prevention/index.html, last accessed February 26, 2016.