Sherri Shepherd, Christian co-host of ABC’s The View was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes at age 41. That was just the wake-up call she needed to change her lifestyle and improve her health. Now she’s sharing her tips in a new book, “Plan D: How To Lose Weight And Beat Diabetes (Even If You Don’t Have It).”

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.

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