Sherri Shepherd says type 2 diabetes could have killed her, but instead it saved her life. The View co-host recently dropped 40 pounds and has an interesting story on the way it happened.
“If I didn’t have diabetes, I would probably be at the International House of Pancakes eating a stack of pancakes with butter and syrup,” says Shepherd, 46. “I would probably be 250 pounds. I would not be going to the doctor. I probably wouldn’t be married to my husband, Lamar Sally. I wouldn’t be healthy for my son, Jeffrey.”
At 5-foot-1, she now weighs 157 pounds, down from 197 pounds several years ago. Once she was taking three medications for diabetes, but now that she’s eating healthier, exercising regularly and keeping her blood sugar in the right range, the doctor has taken her off all medications for the disease.
“When I finally went to the doctor and got the formal diagnosis, they gave me three different medications, and I went home and ate. First I went to IHOP, the pancake house, and had a big stack of pancakes, sausage and bacon. Then I made chicken pesto pasta — a bowl big enough to feed four people,” she said.
Shephard added that her blood sugar spiked so high that she couldn’t hold her head up because she was so tired. She had a vision of her son crying, clutching his teddy bear, trying to figure out where heaven was because that’s where everyone said she was. That image made her her head stand up and say, “I don’t want to do what my mother did to me.”
The comedian realized that her life had to change.
Shepherd details her struggles with diabetes and the changes she made in her life in her new book, Plan D: How to Lose Weight and Beat Diabetes.