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Beating Diabetes -- Together

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As American Diabetes Month draws to a close, I wanted to share some final thoughts on my personal battle with diabetes. I've spoken in my past few posts about my strategies for managing diabetes -- taking control of my diet and stepping up my exercise routine -- but the key to my success has been the wonderful support system around me.

When I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, I already had friends and family members in my life with similar diagnoses. I knew I could count on them for advice and support. But I recognized I needed more than that -- I needed a complete support system to help me manage and fight this disease. Nutrisystem has been a key part of my support system (and I am now a spokesperson for the company). I love that the program is focused on maintaining good health, not losing weight quickly. It's has been a great resource for me, helping me understand how to manage my carb intake, choose low glycemic foods, and ultimately lose (and keep off!) 35 pounds.

Perhaps the most important person you can provide support to is YOU. I realize most people are under tremendous stress in their lives, juggling the demands of family, career and personal finances. But nothing is more important than making time to focus on your health and well-being. In tennis I stay focused on my side of the net. It's important I get my own act together and not worry my opponent. That inward focus has been a big key to my success. It's no different when it comes to managing a disease like diabetes - it requires a personal commitment to accept responsibility for my health. The only person's performance I can control is mine.

Taking care of ourselves is all important, all year-round.