Belfast Telegraph

Halle Berry's diabetes diet affects kids

Halle Berry has explained the effect having type 2 diabetes has had on her life.

The 48-year-old actress is mother to seven-year-old daughter Nahla and son Maceo, 19 months. Halle was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes when she was 19 which has made her learn a lot about her diet, wisdom she wants to impart to her children too.

"When I found out, I was like, 'Oh my God, I have a disease.' I was terrified. But I'm healthier since the diagnosis, and I think it has made me a better mom, because I'm so aware of how much sugar we consume. I've very conscious of what my children eat and how much they take in. People think it's hard to cut out sugar, but it can be done. You just have to put some effort in," she told British magazine Marie Claire.

Type 2 diabetes is when the body can't produce enough insulin, or cells don't react to it properly. As insulin helps the body control glucose in the blood, it can mean sugar levels become dangerously high if it isn't treated properly.

For this reason Halle is meticulous about what she eats and takes care to exercise at least three times a week too.

"I stay fit, because I'm diabetic and being active and healthy is part of managing it. I do a lot of cardio to get my heart pumping and I'll lift light weights or try moves that allow me to use my own weight to strengthen my body. I don't want to look like someone who does a lot of exercise, but I do want to be fit and look healthy," she explained.

Although these are two of Halle's best beauty tips, she has many others too. Among them is the reason why she often rocks short hair, with the star explaining it does wonders for her state of mind.

"There's this feeling of, 'Here I am!' What you see if what you get. When your hair is longer you think, 'I can cover up a little bit, and I have this sort of distance between me and other people.' But I love how short hair makes me feel, and that's why I always find myself going back to it. I keep it healthy and glossy with Mixed Chicks Shampoo and Deep Conditioner," she said.

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