Delta Burke’s Path to a Healthier, Happier Life
Delta Burke found victory in becoming more comfortable with herself after battling weight gain, depression, and type 2 diabetes.
This post first appeared on the website of Diabetic Living Magazine in 2018. Burke has retired and is no longer available for media interviews. We did our best to keep this story up to date. We appreciate her sharing her tale and wish her the best.
Delta Burke achieved some of her finest and lowest points as Suzanne Sugarbaker, the narcissistic ex-beauty queen on the television sitcom Designing Women. Burke, who was nominated for an Emmy twice, was similarly subjected to public scorn for her broadcast weight gain.
Throughout it all, she demonstrated that nothing—not her battle with obesity, her continuous battle with depression, or a diabetes diagnosis—could stop her. When we spoke with Burke in the mid-2000s, she boasted, “I’ve bounced back from it all.” Suzanne Sugarbaker’s lovely Southern belle accent has vanished. In its place is the genuine Delta Burke, who spoke candidly about diabetes.
Burke ended spearheading the nationwide Byetta Let’s Talk campaign in 2018, happy in control of her health and life. Her goal is to disseminate the message that education and communication are crucial in helping individuals control their diabetes. “The whole matter is to encourage individuals to begin speaking,” Burke described. “You have to comprehend around whatever is moving on with you.”
Burke has learned the importance of finding a doctor you can trust—one who will take the time to explain things to you. She also admitted that the road to diabetes management might be frustrating at times. “There live so considerable articles you have to handle,” Burke explained. “It’s a portion of exploring, and it can be tedious, but you just maintain to adhere with it.”
Burke, a 20-year-old beauty queen, struggled to maintain her weight and utilised whatever measures possible to stay slim.
She had hypoglycemia and recalls being warned that if she didn’t watch her sugar levels, she could get diabetes. “I didn’t understand,” Burke admitted. Diabetes runs in her family, but she believes the weight she acquired while filming Designing Women was the cause of her type 2 diabetes diagnosis. She weighed an all-time high of 215 pounds when she departed the show in 1991.
Burke began to lose weight with food and exercise, but it was hard going until she realised she needed to change her perspective. “I was telling myself that I was a bad person because I couldn’t lose the weight fast enough,” she explained to EatingWell. “I determined to stop criticizing myself and started to show myself recognition for remaining in body.”
A Time of Stress
Burke’s grandmother passed in 1998, her special Maltese passed, and her mommy was analyzed with breast cancer. Her acting career was dormant, and she was focusing on a plus-size clothing brand. “I expended a bunch of duration on the road. I was exhausted. My body was not feeling well. “I comprehended something stood’t exemplary, but no one could point me what,” Burke explained. “They claimed I had Epstein-Barr virus.” I had a feeling it was something different. Then one doctor performed the necessary tests and informed me that I had diabetes.”
Burke followed her diabetes medication but neglected her nutrition while aiding her mother with cancer treatments. “My doctor cautioned me that if I accomplished’t obtain my blood glucose under management, I’d complete up on insulin.” “That shocked me sufficiently to operate,” she described. “I started a rigid eating timetable and started testing my blood sufficiently frequently.” That’s when I realized I had more proper control over my blood glucose. I also shed 20 pounds, which was quite beneficial.”
A Promising Future
Burke lived in Los Angeles with her mother, a breast cancer survivor, and her husband, actor Gerald McRaney, when she was interviewed in the mid-2000s. Burke commended him with guiding her through difficult times.
“He’s been great,” she stated. “It didn’t matter how big I got to him. He reminds me of what I should or should not be doing or eating. He enjoys giving me my shots because it makes him feel like he’s taking care of me.” Burke explained to EatingWell.
Burke’s journey to greater health has not been without challenges. “Sometimes I’d become obsessed with testing, only to realise I didn’t need to test that much.” She also needed to learn about portion control and which foods suit her best.
Burke, who was never a huge fan of fitness, said she and Gerald, who had lung cancer, liked strolling together. “Both my mother and my husband are in good health.” “I feel good, and I know I’ll keep getting better,” Burke remarked when first interviewed. “To me, it’s a time of celebration.”
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