Viola Davis Discusses Type 2 Diabetes
“Type 2 diabetes has taken a toll on my family. My great-aunt suffered from complications of the disease, two of my sisters are currently living with it, and a few years ago, I was diagnosed with prediabetes. It’s not something I talk about because it’s a disease a lot of us simply accept – growing up my family just called it ‘sugar.’ But, this must change. I want people to know that type 2 diabetes can have consequences. It’s not something to be taken lightly – we need to take it seriously if we’re going to get it under control.”


More than 30 million Americans have diabetes – that’s about 1 in 10 adults – and 90 to 95% of them have type 2 diabetes. If you don’t have diabetes, you probably know someone who does, and that’s why every voice matters. It’s time to reinforce type 2 diabetes as an urgent public health issue and make a real impact – one patient and one community at a time.

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America’s Diabetes Challenge: Get to Your Goals is a program from Merck that urges people with type 2 diabetes to work with their doctor to set and reach their A1C goal (A1C is the average blood glucose over the past 2-3 months). The program also encourages people to learn the signs and symptoms of low blood glucose, known as hypoglycemia and how to help reduce their risk.

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