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Randy Jackson Raising Awareness About Diabetes

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.

Fit's Tips: Are you putting yourself at risk for type 2 diabetes? Read this post to find out.


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wackdoodle wackdoodle 9 years
Yes, Zahara it does look that way doesn't it. We had different types of gastric bypass surgery (Randy having Fobi pouch and me having RNY) and the results are very dramatically different. Just for kicks I looked up his surgeon and he also did Rosanne Barr who also gained weight back and a couple other celebs who regained - his fobi procedure doesn't have the lasting success of the GBS procedures. Back to the topic, I never had diabetes type 2 or anything but my dad and paternal grandparents did. Dad because he yo-yo dieted and grandparents for unknown reasons because they were never overweight they were always very slim they just became diabetic later in life. I always watched for signs and decided to try to beat the paternal curse so to speak as much as a can.
Zahara-Pitt Zahara-Pitt 9 years
it looks like Mr. Jackson gained the weight back
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