PETALING JAYA: Actress and TV host Sazzy Falak (pic) was only in her mid-20s when she had a health scare.
“My husband and I were applying for a loan to buy a house and we had to do a medical test.
“The results showed I had high blood sugar content, and that got me worried because I ate healthily and didn’t really take desserts or sweets,” recalled Sazzy, 35.
But, she remembered that her late grandmother had diabetes.
“Diabetes is in my genes, and I remember my grandmother’s health deteriorated slowly before she died.
“She always had special food, was on medication, and had nurses around her constantly.”
That was almost a decade ago. Since then, Sazzy has modified her diet and is more conscious of what she eats, preferring to stay away from foods with high fat and sugar content.
The mother-of-twins shared, “I don’t normally drink carbonated drinks, but after that incident, I’m even more careful about what I drink. When I go to functions, I sometimes get annoyed that only cordial is served and not water.”
Sazzy has also started buying organic food and consumes a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables.
“We eat at home a lot, so I know what goes into the food. We make sure we use less salt, less fat, less sugar and so on.
“One of my daughters has a sweet tooth, but I control the amount of sweets she can have. Everything has to be in moderation. Dining at a vegetarian restaurant doesn’t necessarily translate to healthy because the food may contain a lot of processed items,” she noted.
Every two years, Sazzy goes for a full medical test and she has been given a clean bill of health.
“My husband (entrepreneur and celebrity financial coach, Nazril Idrus) is already in his 40s, so I make sure his diet is healthy, too.
“He says I’m dominant but hey, someone has to be the boss!,” said Sazzy.
“I’m still learning and researching on what is good and trying to live a healthy lifestyle. People need to educate themselves that diabetes is a serious problem,” she added.