*Anthony Anderson is getting on board with the Fearless African Americans Connected and Empowered (F.A.C.E.) diabetes initiative to bring awareness to one of the most deadly diseases plaguing the Black community.
The comedian and actor, a Type 2 diabetic, lost his father to diabetes and is now dealing with his mother’s struggle with the disease.
“The first thing is they should go to the doctor for yearly check-ups. That’s what we need to do as a whole,” Anderson tells the Huffington Post. “And speaking to African-American men in particular, we need to start going to the doctor. My father had diabetes; we don’t know how long he had it before he was diagnosed with it. So that’s first and foremost. But with type 2 diabetes, it’s all about lifestyle. Eating too much of the wrong things and not balancing that out with exercise. So that’s what I would tell people to do: Eat healthier, eat less than what you normally put into your system, and balance that out with walking around your neighborhood or the park.”
Anderson was diagnosed after experiencing excess fatigue, extreme thirst and dry mouth, and was frequenting the bathroom, all common symptoms of the disease.
Although he’s a busy man, he’s learning how to deal with diabetes.
“It’s about discipline,” he says. “I could either die from this disease, or live with it as best as I can. I choose to live with it…. It’s all about planning. And if you fail to plan, you know how that goes. So it’s all about planning your day out, your meals ahead of time, and that makes it that much easier.”