Gab Valenciano, the son of veteran entertainer Gary Valenciano, announced on Monday, November 1, that he has been diagnosed with prediabetes.
Sharing photos and clips of himself at the hospital, Gab, 33, wrote: "This weekend put a lot of things into perspective for me. Gave me time to think about where I am in my life and what kind of adjustments I needed to make to be the best I can be moving forward.
"Majority of the results came in and by the grace of God, are normal; some even better than expected. But unfortunately, I am now a pre-diabetic and it is important to not just take care of my mental health, but physical health as well. Major changes will be made to better myself in every aspect of my life. Be it personal or professional."
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, prediabetes is a serious health condition in which blood sugar levels are elevated but not high enough to be classified as type 2 diabetes. It is caused when the body's cells don't normally respond to insulin, and the pancreas creates more insulin to try to get cells to respond. "Eventually your pancreas can’t keep up, and your blood sugar rises, setting the stage for prediabetes—and type 2 diabetes down the road," it added.
Those who have prediabetes are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Symptoms include being overweight, being 45 years or older, or having a parent, brother, or sister with type 2 diabetes.
It is no secret that Gab's father, Gary, has been battling Type 1 Juvenile Diabetes since he was 14. In 2005, the veteran singer almost went into a coma after having a hypoglycemic attack during a show. He also underwent an emergency open-heart surgery in 2018, after a series of tests revealed that his left anterior descending artery was blocked because of diabetes.
Meanwhile, in his post, Gab also thanked his doctors and nurses, as well as his family and loved ones who prayed and wished for his well-being.
"I would like to thank all my doctors, especially my doctor for over a decade, Dr. Steve Lim, nurses and staff who took care of me. Who made sure I was okay. To my parents who have been so encouraging even from afar, my family, my Genesis family and friends who fervently prayed, messaged and checked up on me regularly. To Sally who was with me every step of the way and my partner, Michelle who also made time to be with me through all this," he said.
"I am looking forward to a stronger Gab. A better, wiser and more empathetic Gab. We should all strive for a better ‘us’. We owe it to ourselves to be the person God intended us to be. Whatever and whoever that person will be, will change the world in their own special way," he added.