Diabetes rates have been on the rise for decades . . .
This Diabetes Awareness Month Run DMC's Rev Run and his wife Justine Simmons decided to make it their mission to educate and encourage screening.
Photo courtesy of Novo Nordisk and Ask.Screen.Know
Today, 29.1 million people in the U.S. have diabetes, yet an estimated 8.1 million are living undiagnosed and unaware of the health threats they face, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“I realized it was my calling—to make health and diabetes awareness a priority in our lives so we can achieve a better quality life,” Rev Run told Medical Daily. “November 14 is World Diabetes Day and so is my birthday. Screening is so important. I tell people in my church and community, it’s okay if they’re afraid. They can bring their fears with them to the doctors. Just get screened.”
Rev and Justine realized they were at risk after Rev’s manager found out his own father’s condition put him at greater risk. Once Rev found out his weight, family history, and race threatened his long-term health, he made it his mission to encourage others to go in for screening despite their fears.
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