Ana’s Story: Healthier Habits for a Healthier Life

Ana took control of her prediabetes with help from the Scripps Diabetes Prevention Program

Ana Eguiarte participates in a diabetes prevention program at Scripps.

Ana Eguiarte is thankful to participate in the Scripps Diabetes Prevention Program.

Ana took control of her prediabetes with help from the Scripps Diabetes Prevention Program

Ana Eguiarte had struggled with her weight for many years, but was shocked when at age 45 she tested positive for prediabetes.

She had always considered herself a “healthy fat person,” but upon learning she was at risk of developing type 2 diabetes she decided to take action and change her habits.

“You have to make a change and live healthier,” she says. “The hardest thing, without a doubt, is changing habits and incorporating new activities into your life.”

Finding help at Scripps

Ana was committed to managing her weight and her condition, but she had no idea where to start. The Scripps Diabetes Prevention Program showed her the way.

The prevention program allows people with prediabetes the opportunity to learn new techniques and activities to live a healthy life. Ana participates in the section of the program for Spanish-speakers.

Enjoying a healthier life

Since joining, Ana says she has been making several changes in her lifestyle. The free prevention program, which consists of learning information regarding healthy habits, healthy food, portion control and balance, also allows group members to connect with each other and share their experience with diabetes.


She says, “It allows us to feel identified and know that everyone else is also making an effort to be healthy.” Ana has also increased her physical activity by walking to a nearby park every day. She feels this class enables her to put herself and her health first, something she isn’t used to as a working Latina mother. 


Ana firmly believes everyone can prevent themselves from getting diabetes if they take the necessary precautions and learn good habits.


“If there is someone who is thinking about [taking the class] but is feeling a bit discouraged, I would invite them to think about putting their health first. This is a great opportunity to learn with people who can help you be better,” she says.


Ultimately, the thing that keeps Ana going is knowing that by taking care of herself, she will be able to enjoy her life without limitations and that she can be present for her family.

Learn more

Take charge of your health and learn more about the Scripps Healthy Living, Diabetes Prevention and Diabetes Education programs. Call 858-360-8841 to register for a free orientation session with the Scripps Whittier Diabetes Institute.

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