Viewpoint: Get a jump on diabetes

With the recent disclosure of Paula Deen's diagnosis with Diabetes, the disease has once again come into the spotlight.

Many others deal with the disease, including celebrities Patty LaBelle, Brett Michaels, Halle Berry, Larry King, and B. B. King.

In your own families, I am willing to bet there's someone affected by the disease. Now, many of us are learning that former NBA player and current Hawks' Vice President of Basketball, Dominique Wilkins, has been a diabetic since 2000.

Some are born with it and or/ inherit a predisposition to the disease, and for others, it's the result of a poor diet and lack of exercise. Dominique Wilkins, will be in Albany this week, in partnership with the Dougherty County School System, Phoebe Putney's Diabetes Care Center, and NovoNordisk Pharmacy Co.

Mr. Wilkins, ambassador for Novo Nordisk, hopes to bring awareness and help the public understand how diabetes can impact a young person. He also wants to let people know that diabetics can appear to be physically fit.

The number of children being diagnosed with diabetes is alarming. The term, "epidemic" is certainly not an overstatement! According to the American Diabetes Association, 25.8 million children and adults in the United States - that's 8.3% of the population - have diabetes.

So on Thursday, March 8th, join Dominique Wilkins at Phoebe's Health Works Lunch and Learn. The event is free and open to the public. Get a jump on diabetes!