November 28, 2012

Rev Run Loses Weight to Lessen the Risk of Type 2 Diabetes


The hip hop star, Rev Run, of the legendary Run-DMC trio, has dropped 22 pounds in an effort to lower his diabetes risk. The Huffington Post got an interview with Joseph “Rev. Run” Simmons on the motivation behind his transformation.

Type 2 diabetes is no joke. It’s tricky. Rev Run knew that he needed to be in “Mick Jagger” shape for the upcoming performance with Run-D.M.C. after 13 years. Sure enough, with rave reviews and wild enthusiasm for his energy on-stage, the trajectory of weight loss paid off. But there was something more he wanted to achieve.

Aside from feeling like a million bucks, Rev. Run said that his weight loss helps to lessen his above-average risk for Type 2 diabetes. He found out that his father had diabetes in his older age and Rev. Run realized that his lifestyle choices were not benefiting his own health. It may have also been an impetus to  implore change when an unflattering picture of Rev. Run and his wife made the pages of

Although family history plays a part in diabetes diagnosis, it is not the deciding factor. A diabetes educator from Novo Nordisk had words of wisdom to share in motivating people who think they are doomed because diabetes is in their family. “The message that we’re trying to get out is that it doesn’t have to happen to you the same way. Yes, family history is a risk factor, but it doesn’t mean that because this happened to your mom it has to happen to you.”

Rev. Run is an ambassador for Novo Nordisk in campaigning this very sentiment. His message to all in the ASK crusade  encourages “knowing is the key — even if you are the picture of health.” He has partnered with Novo Nordisk and Ask.Screen.Know. to raise awareness nationwide about early diabetes detection.

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