What's up dawg? Did you know that "American Idol" judge Randy Jackson was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes about five years ago? He has it under control now, since he lost 110 lbs through gastric bypass surgery, improved his diet, exercises, and sees his doctor regularly. Back then, though, he had no idea. He was feeling really rundown and had a high fever, almost like he had a cold, and when he finally saw a doctor, he found out the surprising news.
Over 21 million Americans suffer from diabetes, and Randy has become the spokesperson for the American Heart Association's The Heart of Diabetes campaign. He's hoping to raise awareness about type 2 diabetes, since one third of the people who have it don't even know it (just like him).
It's important to know if you have type 2 diabetes since heart disease is the number one complication, and we all know you don't want to mess with heart disease. This new campaign, The Heart of Diabetes, hopes to encourage people to pay attention to possible diabetic symptoms. Catching the disease early can greatly reduce your risk of developing cardiovascular disease. So see your doctor if you are experiencing these symptoms: feeling overly exhausted, thirsty, hungry, urinating frequently, or losing weight without trying.
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