Welcome to Taking Diabetes to Heart

Merck and celebrity chef Art Smith are teaming up on Taking Diabetes to Heart to give people a “recipe” to help better manage their type 2 diabetes.

As part of the program, Art is “dishing out” some of his favorite diabetes-friendly and delicious recipes and will be working with restaurants and food trucks across the country to make some of their most popular menu items healthier for people with type 2 diabetes.

Join Art and learn how you can “take your diabetes to heart” by eating healthier, exercising, and working with your doctor to develop a treatment plan that’s right for you.

Art’s Story
As a professional chef cooking up dishes for celebrities and for my restaurants across the country, I know how food can bring people together. But when I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2008, my
food-centered life was taking a huge toll on my body.

For years, my doctor had been telling me to lose weight and warning me that I was at risk for diabetes, but I never changed my lifestyle. I didn’t exercise, had very little energy, and weighed more than 325 lbs.

I eventually had a scare where I thought I was having a heart attack. When I went to my doctor, I learned I had type 2 diabetes, which put me at increased risk of serious complications, such as heart disease and stroke. This was the wake-up call I needed to get serious about my health. My father and grandfather both passed away from diabetes complications, so I know how important it is to stick to a treatment plan and make lifestyle changes to help better manage the disease.

I worked with my doctor and came up with a diabetes-management plan that was right for me. I also eat healthier now and have learned how to make some of my favorite dishes to be more diabetes-friendly. In addition to changing the way I eat, I also started exercising 5 days a week.

I’m happy to say that I’ve stuck with the plan my doctor and I came up with and have lost over 100 lbs! Most importantly, I now have my diabetes under control and I feel great.

I’ve “taken my diabetes to heart” by sticking to my treatment plan and making healthy lifestyle changes and am excited to help you do the same. Check out some of my favorite diabetes-friendly and delicious recipes that the whole family can enjoy and find out how you can “take your diabetes to heart” too!

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