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8Oct
2013
6

Why Tom Hanks Revealing He Has Type 2 Diabetes Is A Good Thing

Tom Hanks Photo: HollyWoodReporter.Com/Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Sony Pictures/AP)

Tom Hanks revealed to David Letterman last night that he has Type 2 Diabetes. For Type 2 diabetics like myself, this might just be a good thing..although I would NEVER wish for anyone to have type 1 or type 2 diabetes.

Although type 2 is reversible with weight loss, it is not always so easy the case. Hanks was advised that if he could get back to his High School weight, he would no longer have Diabetes. His high school weight was 96 pounds so Hanks feels he will be living with Diabetes for the rest of his life.

After New Years a few years ago, I swore I was going to cut out soda and other bad things and just drink fruit juice drinks. Those are good for you right? Wrong. I was having leg pain and went into a doctor's office. 2 days later, the doctor is saying I have diabetes type 2 as my blood results came in with a blood sugar level of 419. A normal sugar level is around 80-105. I am mostly around 105 but on stressful days it has been up to 150 or above.

I have to stab my finger about 2-3 times a day and the needles and blood strips needed for that are priced beyond ridiculous!

For someone who has lived with type 2 diabetes for the past 11 years and started suffering diabetic neuropathy in March of 2012, it has been beyond frustrating. The neuropathy is in my feet so I cannot stand for long periods of time anymore. In July, I went to see my favorite musical artist Prince, and I was regulated to a couch by the sound board, so my days of being towards the front row are now over it seems. I have worn shoes only 4 times since that July date, preferring to just wear flip flops.

I attended a wedding last week and one of the groomsman was demanding i wear dress shoes to the event. I declined and said I will be wearing black sneakers to the wedding. He said "OK but 300 people will be wearing dress shoes." I replied "That's fine and I wonder if those 300 other people have diabetic neuropathy." and left it at that. I wore the sneakers to the wedding dropping 1000MG ibuprofen to make it through the wedding without incident. While everyone was doing shots, I declined. They thought I was someone's designated driver but in actuality, the alcohol makes my sugar levels rise to where I feel even more pain in my feet and body.

No one understands why I eat before I work out and after. Needing the food so my blood sugar does not drop while working out and needing to eat after for some of the same reasons.

I am not a healthy diabetic. You have to afford to eat healthy and that is an expense I just cannot afford. Everyone always has ideas to make that happen and it is easier outside of the box to see that way instead of inside of the box.

I used to sleep 2-3 hours a day and take a nap here and there. That attributes mostly to the dark circles under my eyes. In the past couple of years, I need that 8 hours of sleep or a I just cannot function properly. It is not something I am used to and I feel my energy drained all the time. I take glipizide and metformin along with other vitamins to help me with the silent disease called Diabetes.

I would have ignorant people say only black people get diabetes with the Kool-Aid they drink or Hawaiin Punch. No fool. Diabetes is color blind. Diabetes is a silent killer that the ailments you are going through just are not visible to the human eye. I walk slow not because I am a slow walker but I can no longer walk fast.

I used to walk/jog/run 5 miles a day. That is how I stayed in shape and burned stress off. I can no longer do that without not being able to sleep for days because I would be in so much pain. It would be that bad.

The last time I got a haircut, the hairstylist had a sign on her station that said donate $5.00 to find a cure for type 1 diabetes and get $50.00 worth of coupons. When a diabetic cause is separated by type 1 and type 2 instead of just a cause for Diabetes, it is frustrating.

This is why I say Tom Hanks having Type 2 Diabetes is a good thing...for diabetics, especially those with type 2. He could bring attention to it. Attention to this silent disease and it's ailments.

Tom Hanks is a good guy. He is one of the most liked actors in the world, if not the most. He is someone I can see will not be silent with what he is going through. I hope not. Something tells me he will not be and for all the type 2 diabetic sufferers in this world, it is a good thing Tom Hanks has diabetes to get the message out.-DocFB

Diagnosis: I would never wish Diabetes on anyone. It sucks. If you are someone who likes food, you can forget about having a majority of your favorite food anymore. Hopefully, you can afford to keep your diabetes in check with diet. It is not cheap. Trust me.

30Jul
2013
5

Nick Jonas Shows You He Is Beating His Diabetes In Shirtless Selfie!

Nick Jonas Photo: Instagram

Nick Jonas is proud of his administration. He is proud of his work out body. Being a diabetic, he is really proud of the work he has done.

"I never do this but… Healthy living and fitness update. Post workout picture. #diabeticinshape #2.0.”

20 years old. Diabietic. Kicking diabetes ass!

BTW, here is EXCLUSIVE footage of Nick Jonas performing with friend of the site SONNY T. Thanks to Cody for the footage.-DocFB

Diagnosis: I wonder if I was 20 if I would be as successful against my diabetes. Not being able to run or jog anymore makes it hard but maybe if I had that 20 year old metabolism and Jonas $ if I could beat it. Proud of Nick regardless.....

22Oct
2012
0

Video: George Clooney Duets With Neil Diamond “Sweet Caroline”

George Clooney was Neil Diamond's singing partner Saturday Night, even if George did not want to be. Diamond sang his classic "Sweet Caroline" for those in attendance at the 6th annual Carousel of Hope Ball in Los Angeles for Diabetic Awareness.

The video above is very cool and could George sing it any cooler? Loving his expressions. Check out the clip above.-DocFB

Diagnosis: All for Diabetic Awareness. Thank you George and Neil!

22Oct
2012
3

George Clooney Honored For Humanitarian Causes At Fund Raiser For Diabetes

With the lovely Stacy Kiebler at his side, George Clooney attended the 26th Anniversary Carousel Of Hope fund raiser for Diabetes where he was honored with the Brass Ring Award for his humanitarian causes.

Stars that were there to raise diabetic awareness and honor George were Carmen Electra, Shirley MacClaine, Jane Fonda, Jennie Garth, Daisy Fuentes, Babyface, and Joan Collins.

Barbara Davis hosted and Jay Leno MC'd the event.

All proceeds from The Carousel of Hope benefit the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes (BDC).

They have raised $75 million dollars for diabetic awareness and trying to find a cure. 35 years and $75 million dollars? That is nothing to sneeze at but...I wish it was more.

Coming from someone who suffers from diabetes and is dealing with some crazy foot pain for the past several months, I wish there was a cure. I wish more people were aware of it and how its effects. Since it is mostly internal, there is no way for people to understand the pain that comes with it, the sudden loss of energy, the constant bathroom breaks needed. It is frustrating. I wish they could do even more. I would LOVE to help with that as well.DocFB

Diagnosis: Thank you George and others who put their heart into causes such as this....

6Aug
2012
10

Nick Jonas Appears Set To Be Next “American Idol” Judge

Nick Jonas. Photo: GettyImages.com Nick Jonas. Photo: GettyImages.com Nick Jonas. Photo: GettyImages.com

Sigh. I really wanted Adam Lambert to be the next "American Idol" judge but if Nick Jonas gets the job, I won't totally be mad.

Nick tweeted over the weekend:

“The rumors are true... I am being considered to be a judge on American Idol, and it would be a dream come true if it happens. #nickonidol.”

#nickonidol started trending almost immediately.

The reason I like Nick Jonas, aside from his solo record, is because of him trying to bring constant awareness to Diabetes. Nick is a diabetic, as I am. Not many people know about the conditions of diabetes and what goes along with it. I look healthy on the outside but for the past few months...my feet have been in constant pain. I try to get the word out about Diabetes but if Nick had that platform, he could be doing a lot to bring even more awareness to the cause.

What do U think of Nick Jonas being a judge on American Idol?

Below is a "secret show" performance with Administration (& former member of Prince's NPG) Sonny Thompson.-DocFB

29Nov
2011
13

Comedian Patrice O’Neal Dies From Stroke At Age 41

Patrice O'Neal File Photo
Patrice O'Neal File Photo

Patrice O'Neal File Photo

Comedian Patrice O'Neal died at the age of 41 Monday night due to a diabetic stroke he had in October.

His friends at "The Opie And Anthony Show" confirmed he passed away.  His booking agent, Matt Frost, released this statement:

"It is with terrible sadness we must report that Patrice O’Neal has passed away this morning at 7:00am due to the complications of the stroke he suffered on October 19.

Many of us have lost a close and loved friend; all of us have lost a true comic genius. His mother, who was also his best friend, was at his side.  Patrice is survived by his wife, Vondecarlo; his step daughter Aymilyon, sister Zinder, and his mother Georgia.

The family wishes to thank all of the fans and friends who have expressed an outpouring of love and support for Patrice these past weeks. We ask that you please respect the family’s request for privacy at this difficult time."

Patrice was popular for his unique stand-up routine and was a fixture on several roast specials.  On the roasts, they would make fun of Patrice for his diabetes, which a lot of friends did not feel he took seriously, and would joke about his death.  His death is no joke......and neither is diabetes.-DocFB

Diagnosis:  Another big man gone too soon....

14Mar
2011
1

Nick Jonas Honored For Diabetic Awareness

Nick Jonas. Photo: GettyImages.com
Nick Jonas. Photo: GettyImages.com

Nick Jonas. Photo: GettyImages.com

Nick Jonas played a punk teen pop star on "Mr. Sunshine" With Matthew Perry a few weeks ago, but he appears to be nothing like that in real life.  Thank God.

Nick Jonas was honored at the 6th Annual Carnival For A Cure in New York City on Sunday.  He accepted an award honoring him for bringing awareness to Diabetes and improving life from those suffering from the disease. 

Before the ceremony, Nick stated; “I’m looking forward to attending and sharing my story about how diabetes hasn’t slowed me down.”

The Diabetes Research Institute was glad to have Nick there.  I am glad for both Nick and the DRI as they are actually trying to find a cure for diabetes.

As some of you know, I suffer from Diabetes type 2 and have been vocal about it.  It really is a silent disease that even your close loved ones cannot detect. 

Much love to Nick Jonas & the Diabetic Research Institute.-Dr.FB

Diagnosis: Diabetic Deaths Are On The Rise