She started by making some changes in her diet. "You ate your way into this disease, and you can eat your way out of it," her gynecologist once told her. That's not entirely true; she had some type 2 diabetes risk factors she couldn't changeher age, a family history of the disease and gestational diabetes during pregnancy.
If you have prediabetes, a quick way to ensure that your food choices will help you avoid diabetes is to do "the plate method," recommends Darci Cook, RD, formerly a dietitian and diabetes educator at Clarian Diabetes Centers in Indianapolis, Ind.
Lawrence lost 15 pounds and started exercising 45 minutes five days a week. She's motivated by her desired to avoid needing insulin. And she wants many healthy years to enjoy her 17-year-old daughter and her future grandchildren.