(KAIT/NBC) - After she was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, one woman decided to take control of her health by focusing less on her sedentary career, and more on herself.
Becky Wood is taking in the increased importance of her blood sugar levels and knows that her blood sugar number matters more now than ever before. She developed diabetes by the time she was 40. The single mother of two spent her career as an interior designer, working up to 60 hours a week,
Wood said she thinks the stress, food choices, and lack of quality sleep all played a role in her diagnosis. Then there were the demands she faced as a mother.
"The focus as a single mom is being able to cover all the bases, make sure everyone is okay, make sure you have everything you need to keep the home running, food on the table," said Wood.
Doctor Donna Casey said Wood's poor food choices, lack of sleep, and little to no exercise played a role in her diabetes. She said she's seen many women in her office just like Wood. The good news, she said, is diabetes can be manageable, even reversible.
"Losing weight and changing your diet has immediate results. It's shocking what we see, how quickly people can turn themselves around," said Dr. Casey.
Becky made all the right changes. She works fewer hours and watches what she eats. Now, she's hopeful her story will change the health of others.
"Sometimes, we think, financially, if I slow down, that's not a good thing, but in reality, in the long run, it's better to take care of your health when you realize it early on because you will pay the price if you don't," said Wood.
Stress can increase the risk of hormonal abnormalities and resistance to insulin.