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The View’s Sherri Shepherd’s is one of the 10 percent of U.S. women living with diabetes. As she and countless others have learned, dealing with the disease is about making healthy lifestyle choices…and sticking with them.

What are the diabetes-management rules that she lives by?

1. Find a doctor who challenges you.

“My mom died of diabetes complications when she was 41. When I was 40, my doctor told me, ‘I don’t know when you’re going to have a stroke, but it’s going to happen.’ That was my wakeup call.”

2. Scare yourself.

“Diabetes makes you feel like you’re in a fog. I needed clarity, because I was about to joinThe View and sit at a table with four formidable women. So I vowed to get healthy and strut my stuff in a swimsuit on TV. It worked: I lost 10 inches in three months.”

3. Will yourself to work out.

“My trainer — who I like to call the evil one — and I do intervals three times a week. He puts that sucker on a crazy level-12 incline at 4.6 miles per hour, then varies the incline until I feel like I’m going to fly right off.”

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article courtesy of BlackDoctor.org

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