Former “View” Host Sherri Shepherd shared a health update with fans after she was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes back in 2007.

The mother of two said she wanted to take control of her illness for the sake of her sons after losing both her mother and her aunt to diabetic complications.

Now, the host is celebrating her health journey since starting a sugar-free, keto diet, saying it dramatically improved her condition.

In an Instagram video post, Shepherd said she made some lifestyle changes by cutting out sugar — at one point, she was ingesting 66 packs of sugar daily.

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I use to ingest 66 (yes I said SIXTY-SIX) packets of @Splenda a day. No more. Thank you @blackketogirl for the below… over #300 days #sugarfree #Repost @blackketogirl with @get_repost ・・・ My client brought these in today, she said she used them daily… Of course I had to show her why they are toxic! Is Splenda keto? Is sweet n low keto? You tell me! OSE, I can’t stress that enough. Suraclose causes inflammation of the liver and kidneys. Did you know that dextrose can lead to dangerously high blood sugar or fluid buildup in the body, which may cause swelling and fluid in the lungs? And maltodextrin, it has a hunger glycemic index than SUGAR. It spikes blood glucose particularly dangerous for people with diabetes or insulin resistance. If you are keto among all, stay away or choose another lifestyle. This is why I don’t support “lazy keto” and never will. Folks can get mad and chatter all they want. I will not be silenced boo boo. It’s literally toxic. And don’t take my word, look it up yourself… Holler. #WatchWhoYouFollowMyLoves #realassblackketogirl

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The 52-year-old said in her Instagram video:

 I just came back from the doctor’s office to get my A1C [blood test] because I’m a Type 2 diabetic, and in 2016 and 17 and 18 my numbers were 6.6. The doctor prescribed Metformin for me. I just came out of the office and my numbers are 5.4.

Shepherd wrote in the caption:

The doctor excitedly said ‘OHMYGOD what did you do? You’re not even prediabetic!’

I feel so good right now I could scream. Just want to encourage you that this can be done. You have people who love you and need you to be here. Live for you! Live for them!

According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), metformin treats type 2 diabetes. A normal A1C test level is below 5.7%.

Shepherd’s test level was 5.4% during her recent doctor’s visit.

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Just got great news!!!! I am a type 2 diabetic nand in 2016-2017 & 2018 my blood pressure was 142/80 & my A1C (which measures blood sugar for the past three months) was 6.6 and the doctor put me on #metformin … today my blood pressure is 117/78 & my A1C is 5.4 . The doctor excitedly said “OHMYGOD what did you do? You’re not even prediabetic!” I know these numbers are because I have been off #sugar since March 2018. When my son Jeffrey asked “Mommy if you die who’s going to be my bodyguard” I knew I had to make lifestyle changes or I would die. I wanted to share this good news with you to say THANKYOU to each person who texted, posted and dm’d me encouragement throughout my road back to health. I feel so good right now I could scream. Just want to encourage you that this can be done. You have people who love you and need you to be here. Live for you! Live for them!♥️♥️ #thankyoujesus #joy #workinghard #sugarfree #sugarfreelife #sherrishepherd #feelsgoodtofeelgood #takingcontrolofmyhealth #nomoremetformin #healthiswealth #kickingdiabetesass

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The mother of Lamar Sally, Jr. and  Jeffrey Charles Tarpley tearfully recalled the reason she cut back on sugar. She said:

“I know it’s because I’ve been off sugar since March 2018, and it’s because [my son] Jeffrey said to me, ‘Mommy, if you die, who’s going to be my bodyguard?'”


The former co-host concluded her post by encouraging others to make better health choices to be around for loved ones.

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Tiffani is a writer for Dearly. She is from New York City. Prior to working for Dearly she covered fashion news and managed social media for various digital media outlets.

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  • John Rogers 6 months ago

    A great health choice!

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