November 16, 2012

Game on: Shaquille O’Neal vs. diabetes


When a 7’1, 350+ pound contender speaks-out on the formidable threat of Type 2 diabetes – it’s hard to ignore.

CNN anchor, Sanjay Gupta, interviewed Shaquille O’Neal on his position to help fight the epidemic of Type 2 diabetes. The estimates are that diabetes will affect 1 in 3 people by 2050 if we continue on the trajectory of today. This is unacceptable on many levels.

Shaq feels that we can prevent the issue with healthier alternatives. Not everybody can hold an off-season body fat of 13% but it certainly helps if you adhere to a healthier lifestyle. Although the temptations of food are always looming, Shaq says that the lure of staying at home (more sedentary lifestyle) is contributing to the rise in obesity today.

Unfortunately not all neighborhoods are safe for children to play outside alone. Not all schools continue to offer gym class. Much of the things in today’s world are different – and not to the benefit of our health. This is why someone as influential and herculean as Shaquille O’Neil is advocating for the plight of Type 2 diabetes.

This is not an easy challenge to address. In fact, Shaq has prowess on the basketball court and significance among fans, family, and friends. When it comes to solving a problem like Type 2 diabetes he suggests seeking the guidance of people more familiar with health – like Dr. Sanjay Gupta. For example, the 60 Minutes  segment on how sugar is toxic speaks volumes on behalf of the steps we can take to reduce the dangers of Type 2 diabetes. 

Do you remember Shaq’s Big Challenge? It was a series  a few years ago where he took 6 kids and encouraged them to adapt a healthier lifestyle. Quite literally he challenged these kids to transform from “fat to fit”.  It was amazing. Thanks for your continued voice in this epic battle of Type 2 diabetes, Shaq!

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