Actor opens up about diabetes diagnosis

Nov 18, 2010

Type 2 diabetes can be prevented in some cases

It doesn't matter how much money a person has or where they are from, diabetes can still strike. Actor Anthony Anderson opened up to the American Diabetes Association about his experience being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

In the October issue of Diabetes Forecast, Anderson says he didn't immediately change his lifestyle after receiving his diagnosis. It wasn't until he learned he was too overweight to go skydiving that he began exercising and eating healthy.

Now, Anderson is a spokesperson for Eli Lilly's Face Diabetes campaign, aimed at educating the African American community about the disease.

"Statistics show that African Americans born today have a 50 percent chance of being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes," says Anderson. "That's what I'm doing now with the FACE Diabetes initiative through Lilly - getting as much information [as possible] and bringing awareness to our community and to our youth, because if we catch it early enough, this can be prevented."

As Anderson notes, type 2 diabetes can be prevented in many cases. In addition, to living a better life and making less trips to the hospital, preventing diabetes can also result in lower life insurance premiums compared to those with the condition.

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