We all know Sherri Shepherd as the hilarious comedian who started out doing stand-up and made her way onto many popular comedy shows. She is also well known as one of the women on the popular ABC show “The View” as well as the host of the “Newlywed Game”.
Now, the funny lady has decided to turn her lemons into lemonade by writing a book to help others “Beat Type 2 Diabetes”. The co-host of the daytime show actually shared her weight loss journey with her co-hosts and viewers, as well as her experience with being diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes.
The fit and fabulous wife and mom appears on the cover of the book, due out April 30, in a royal blue dress, sporting her signature smile.
And she has lots to smile about, since taking control of her health.
In Plan D, Shepherd presents her super-easy program for losing weight, managing sugar sensitivity, and getting moving–information that is particularly useful to African-American women.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health, Type 2 diabetes, the most common type, is one of the biggest health challenges facing African-American women.
Statistics show one in 4 black women older than 55 already has diabetes. Also, African-Americans have high rates of at least two of diabetes’ most serious complications: amputation (such as having a toe or foot removed) and kidney failure.
For years, Sherri Shepherd, just like millions of other women, was told that she was pre-diabetic. And for years, she ignored her doctor’s advice to lose weight and get healthy before she developed full blown diabetes.
When she finally got the diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes in 2007, the same disease that took her mother’s life, Shepherd was terrified.
“At the time, it was just like a death sentence,” she said in an interview with ABC 36 Health Reporter Kristi Runyon.
“I thought, oh my gosh! I’m gonna get my foot cut off. I’m gonna die. My son was 2 years old at the time and I realized, if I wanted to be around for my son… I needed to make a change in my eating. I needed to start exercising, because I didn’t want to die.”