What I Know Now

The star of ABC’s black-ish is get­ting real about his type 2 di­a­betes on—and off—the screen.

Diabetic Living (USA) - - Contents - AS TOLD TO MI­CAELA YOUNG

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.’”

BE PRE­PARED

“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?’

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