Dawg's Diabetes Tips
What is up with the head Dawg, Randy Jackson? SheKnows found out firsthand. When it comes to good tunes, American Idol judge Randy Jackson knows a thing or two about the music industry. When it also comes to diabetes, he knows plenty
Living with diabetesWhat you may not know, however, is that the music industry veteran and television personality has Type-2 diabetes.
SheKnows caught up with the top dawg as he dished about early detection, lifestyle changes and that good ol' southern cooking.
Fast factKeep this in mind: adults with Type-2 diabetes usually end up dying as a result of complications from heart disease or stroke.
Running with the familyThen, Jackson took personal stock and remembered his father had it and that it runs in his family.
"I thought OK, wait a minute. You're not in the best health. You're hugely overweight. You're not eating right. You're not exercising right, so I thought, 'Wow, OK now I really
have to get it together.' The next day at the doctor's office he said 'look, you can manage it but there's no cure.'"
Fast fact 2There is no cure. "You can try to manage diabetes," Jackson says. "It takes work and commitment. Or, you can have some serious problems with your life - you have a choice. There's nothing that's going to cure it. It won't go away."
Diet is not a four-letter wordChanging his lifestyle wasn't easy but it was the only choice. "There are two words that I don't like: diet and exercise. Those words are enemies to me, to the Dawg. They present some sort of fight against for me."
After all, as a boy growing up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, he played for about twelve hours, riding his bike about five to ten miles and always got the exercise in each week. Classify it as exercise, but it didn't seem like a rigorous regimen to him at the time.
Now of course, he realizes you have to stay active so his weapon of choice is walking briskly at least one hour every day.
"I grew up in the South. All the foods were very rich, very sweet," he admits.
"I used to say this is not a great restaurant if there's salt and pepper on the table meaning the chef didn't taste the food you were about to eat. I also adopted the thing of grazing
- so for me being a diabetic is also to keep the blood sugar levels normal and to keep them consistent. I didn't want to go famished for three to four hours at any time," Jackson says.
"Whether it's having an apple here or having an almond there, I snack throughout the day so I'm never at that point where I used to be before. I'm always so hungry I could eat the horse. I
usually ate the horse and somebody else's horse after that point!"
Yes, but he is cognizant about portion sizes. "Portion size is so important I can't even begin to tell you."
Become fearlessLike most people, he was fearful but cautions us to bite the bullet and see the doctor because the alternative could be a whole lot worse. He dishes, "You're supposed to get a yearly check up every year - I didn't really want to go to the doctor and sometimes with men especially you don't want to go because you don't want to hear the bad news. The doctor's always the bearer of bad news, you just have to remove that myth. Remember this: that fear could kill you."
For comprehensive information about Type-2 Diabetes, log onto this website by the American Heart Association: http://www.iknowdiabetes.org/
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