Diabetes Self-Management


When Dre, the character played by Anthony Anderson on the ABC comedy black•ish, was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in season four, he didn’t take it seriously.

Neither, when he faced the same situation, did Anderson.

The actor’s real-life experience inspired the sitcom’s storyline, in which Dre initially refused to change his eating and exercise habits. Just like Anderson. “Old habits are hard to break,” the Emmy-nominated star said. “After my diagnosis, the doctor said everything looked good with my numbers, so I kept eating the same things.” But also like Dre, Anderson eventually realized he had to make changes.

While Dre experiences an moment where he realizes his wife and kids are more important than that extra helping, Anderson’s realization was tied to a devastating loss about 10

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