I faced some tough opponents throughout my career in the boxing ring. It took the perfect combination of punches, resilience and an enduring commitment to become a champion. Today, the U.S. is facing a hard-hitting opponent of its own -- diabetes.
We can't solve the obesity crisis facing African-Americans by focusing solely on personal behavior. There is a long and storied relationship between the African-American community and food and beverage companies. The time has come for us to ask if we love their products more than we love ourselves.
The so-called popularity of vitamin D has reached a level such that even people and doctors who do not generally believe in vitamins or supplements have started to jump on the bandwagon of keeping vitamin D levels hearty.
Today, on World Diabetes Day, there is good news: Type 2 diabetes is preventable, and we can stop it from affecting even more around the world. The answer is as clear as the potential toll is severe -- health education.
Sweeteners condition our taste buds to want more sweet. Consuming excessive amounts of sugar triggers your brain and body to want sugar most of the time. If your blood sugar dips down, your body gets a signal to eat more sugar. It's almost as if your system has been hijacked.
We need to stand up in our homes, communities and schools and create healthy environments for kids. We need to take back our kids' taste buds, our kitchens and our homes, which have been hijacked by the food industry, and ban anything except real food.
Acute disease can be left to the hospitals, but creating health and healing of chronic disease seems to happen best in the community -- with people helping people where each one of us lives, where we eat, cook, learn, work, play and pray.
Having a diagnosis of diabetes does not mean your life is now about eating only lettuce. It means you need to be cognitive of what is happening in your body and know how to make modifications to avoid diabetes complications.
Forty years ago I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. I was told -- as we all were -- that the cure was five to 10 years away. There still is no cure, but I just interviewed the man who may be a breath away from preventing type 1 diabetes.
Diabetes can wreak havoc on the foot, resulting in infection. While every patient with diabetes has a theoretical risk, it's the presence of more advanced diabetes that makes the foot susceptible to a catastrophic event.
As a host, get-togethers often revolve around food. And if you, or someone you love has been diagnosed with diabetes, you may feel as though you have to give up your favorite dishes all together. Not so!
In 2009, USDA spent more than twice as much buying meat and dairy as it did on fruits and vegetables. What that means is that the USDA used taxpayers' money to buy about $1.5 billion worth of meat and dairy.