Oprah Reveals She Had Prediabetes Prior to Weight Loss

Prior to losing 42 pounds through her commitment to a healthier lifestyle and WW (formerly Weight Watchers), Oprah Winfrey was living with prediabetes[1], she has revealed[2].


Prediabetes — a condition in which blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough for a diabetes diagnosis — increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes[3] and affects an estimated 84 million people in the United States[4], about 90% of whom don’t know they have it. In a letter she shared with People,[5] Oprah, 65, divulged that she was diagnosed with the condition: “I haven’t shared with many, but I will share with you, that I was diagnosed with prediabetes before WW.” Her mother Vernita, she says, had type 2 diabetes and was taking insulin.

Fortunately, there are steps that can help reduce the chances of prediabetes developing into type 2, including increasing physical activity[6], eating a healthful diet[7] and losing weight[8]. As a result of adopting a healthier lifestyle, Oprah says that her blood pressure[9] “is now stabilized and in a healthy range,” and her blood sugar[10] “numbers are back to normal too.”

Want to learn more about prediabetes? Read “Prediabetes: What to Know”[11] and “Stopping Prediabetes In Its Tracks.”[12]

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Diane Fennell[13]

Diane Fennell

Senior Digital Editor for DiabetesSelfManagement.com, Fennell has 16 years’ experience specializing in diabetes and related health conditions. Based in New York City, she has a degree from Columbia University.

  1. prediabetes: https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/blog/prediabetes-what-to-know/
  2. she has revealed: https://news.yahoo.com/oprah-winfrey-reveals-she-pre-152600157.html
  3. type 2 diabetes: https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/diabetes-resources/definitions/type-2-diabetes/
  4. 84 million people in the United States: http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/statistics/
  5. letter she shared with People,: https://people.com/health/oprah-winfrey-pre-diabetic-before-ww-weight-loss/
  6. increasing physical activity: https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/nutrition-exercise/exercise/
  7. eating a healthful diet: https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/nutrition-exercise/meal-planning/
  8. losing weight: https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/nutrition-exercise/weight-loss-management/
  9. blood pressure: https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/managing-diabetes/complications-prevention/the-pressure-is-on/
  10. blood sugar: https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/blog/what-is-a-normal-blood-sugar-level/
  11. “Prediabetes: What to Know”: https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/blog/prediabetes-what-to-know/
  12. “Stopping Prediabetes In Its Tracks.”: https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/blog/stopping-prediabetes-tracks/
  13. [Image]: //cdn.diabetesselfmanagement.com/2019/06/DFennell-Headshot.jpg

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Diane Fennell: Diane Fennell has been an editor at Diabetes Self-Management magazine since 2003. She is currently the Senior Digital Editor for Diabetes Self-Management E-News and DiabetesSelfManagement.com. (Diane Fennell is not a medical professional.)

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