Former NBA star and Hall-of-Famer Dominique Wilkins was known for having control on the basketball court; however, when he retired from the NBA more than 14 years ago, he became diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and almost lost control at the age of 40.
Wednesday, he announced his partnership with Novo Nordisk, a global healthcare company that is innovative in diabetes care. Through their partnership, they have launched “Diabetes Dream Team,” a reference tool used to guide people with type 2 diabetes.
According to the National Diabetes Education Program, there are 25.8 million people in America suffering from diabetes and 7 million people are unaware of their diagnosis. Type 2 diabetes is a lifelong chronic disease that is not dependent on insulin. 90 to 95 percent of adults diagnosed with diabetes have type 2.
The website is a starting point; however, people can create their own dream team right in their community. Wilkins states that after getting information from the website and seeing how he built his own team, people can use that as a tool. “Your dream team consists of your doctor, your family and closest friends, your nutritionist, and your trainer.”
“We’ve created this diabetes clipboard which includes details and tips of my team of experts that I work with everyday [on managing diabetes],” he states. The clipboard is a helpful tool for people who are suffering or knows someone with type 2 diabetes.
Wilkins wants people to understand that although it can be difficult learning of the diagnosis, it’s manageable through proper diet, exercise, and medication management. “When you’re in the [NBA], you are in that type of physical shape that it’s hard to detect diabetes. Once you find that you’ve been affected by it, it’s a devastating moment, and you go through a lot of denial, and you try to ignore but then you have to regroup quickly… I’ve decided not to [allow] it to do to me what it did to my father and grandfather, and that’s combative through diet and medication.”
Wilkins quickly realized that something wasn’t right when he experienced the following symptoms:
- Dry mouth
- Frequent urination
- And, being off balance
He wants people to understand the importance of taking control of your health and that education about the disease is most important. “In today’s world you have so many outlets and information that you can access, and that’s why we’re [launching] this program. We feel that it’s very important for people to visit the website and get the information they need,” Wilkins states.
It’s important to stay active with physical exercise and eat properly. If you’re experiencing symptoms, it’s best to consult your medical doctor to get a proper diagnosis. Adults with type 2 diabetes can visit DiabetesDreamTeam.com for more information.