WSFA/NBC - Experts say poor food choices, lack of sleep and no exercise can be linked to Type-2 diabetes.
Becky Wood 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 sixty hours a week.
"I think the stress, the food choices, the hours of not sleeping enough. The focus, as a single mom, is being able to cover all the bases, make sure everyone is okay, making sure you have everything you need to keep the home running, food on the table," said Wood.
Dr. Donna Casey says she has seen many women in her office just like Becky. The good news, she says, 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," Casey said.
Becky has made all the right changes. Most importantly though, she works fewer hours and watches what she eats. She's hopeful that her story will change the health of others.
Experts also say stress can also increase the risk of hormonal abnormalities and resistance to insulin.