“I Made A Choice To Change My Lifestyle”: Tamera Mowry-Housley Says Prediabetic Diagnosis Was A Wake-Up Call
Being told by her doctor that she was prediabetic was the wake-up call Tamera Mowry-Housely said she needed to change her lifestyle.
During a recent segment of The Real where the women talked about whether or not they would lose weight for a romantic partner, the 39-year-old beauty said that her husband prefers a little weight on her. However, with a change in her food and activity as of late, Tamera said she wants to be as healthy as possible so she can be as happy as possible.
“My husband and I did make a pact with each other because I know guys are visual. We made a pact to not let ourselves go per se,” she said. “But my husband likes me a little bit more on the thicker side. He really does. But my thing is, I don’t feel my greatest when I’m that way. I want to be authentic to myself and so I do it for myself. And when I’m happy, everyone else is happy.”
She said that her decision to go about things differently stems from a recent doctor’s appointment where she found out that she is not only prediabetic, but her cholesterol is also high. Instead of trying to just focus on her diet, the co-host said she made a whole lifestyle change in the hopes of bettering herself.
“I recently had a checkup. I’m 39 years old, and this one was a wake-up call,” she said. “I thought I was fine but my cholesterol was really high. People who actually have strokes are around the level of 200. I was a 210. I learned that cholesterol is genetic in my family. My sugars, I was like, ‘I don’t sit there and eat candy all day,’ but I was actually prediabetic for my sugars. I was like, ‘What the hell is going on here? I want to live!’ So I made a choice to change my lifestyle. I always say, ‘I didn’t go on a diet. I changed my lifestyle and eating habits.’ I feel the best I’ve ever felt in my life. I’m happy. And happy girls are the prettiest girls.”
If you’ve been diagnosed with prediabetes, the good news is it’s not an actual diagnosis of type 2 diabetes. But to keep it from progressing, experts say that the best route to take is being more active, losing excessive weight and eating healthier, opting for high fiber and low fat options like fruits, vegetables and grains. Also, cutting out a smoking habit is beneficial. And medication can also be taken to curb progression, but it must be through prescription by your doctor.