What I Know Now
The star of ABC’s black-ish is getting real about his type 2 diabetes on—and off—the screen.
Actor Anthony Anderson shares his motivations for healthy living
OWN YOUR DIAGNOSIS
“I was in a state of shock and awe that I was diagnosed with diabetes [in 2002]. I’m taking it more seriously now than I did in the beginning. That’s due to me losing my father to complications with diabetes. He was someone that never went to the doctor and was probably living with diabetes for close to 20 years before he was diagnosed with it. That’s what made me take my management to another level.”
RISE TO THE CHALLENGE
“You have to be up for the challenge of a lifestyle change and being diligent about your medical protocol that your doctor prescribes to you. Those are the challenges that we all have to face because we are all set in our ways and we all have a set of patterns that we’ve been living by and all that has to change with a diagnosis like this. It’s about breaking old habits—and old habits are hard to break!”
LEAD BY EXAMPLE
“I want to be around to watch my family grow. I want to see what my children are going to contribute to the world. And I can’t do that if I don’t take care of myself. I want them to think ‘My dad had to overcome this obstacle—and it was a difficult one—but I saw how he stayed in the fight. He didn’t let it knock him down and knock him out. He continued to push forward and to take his health seriously. And because of that, we are able to share and enjoy him for as long as we can.’”
“Being on the road and having a hectic schedule—those are legitimate challenges, but it is always about preparation.
You know, preparing meals and having vegetables and healthy foods to snack on and eat throughout the day. That’s where the preparation comes in. And then implementing some activity. You don’t need to be a member of a gym—all you need are some stairs.”
Anderson partnered with Novo Nordisk to start Get Real About Diabetes— a campaign focused on raising diabetes awareness and fostering a community that helps PWDs share their stories and be inspired to take control. Visit GetRealAboutDiabetes.com for more information.
Once you get over the denial, it’s like ‘OK, how are we going to tackle this?’