Cedric The Entertainer ‘Steps On Up’ For Diabetes

cedricOne in five people living with diabetes suffer from damage called diabetic nerve pain. Comedian, actor and host Cedric the Entertainer is personally connected.

Cedric’s father, who is currently living with diabetes, has diabetic nerve pain (diabetic peripheral neuropathy) – often felt as a burning, shooting pain in his feet and hands. And just like any good son, Cedric is using his voice to tell everyone he knows with diabetes that you don’t have to live in pain anymore. BlackDoctor.org recently spoke with Cedric to see why he’s so passionate about encouraging people to start a conversation with their doctors.

BDO: How is your family health history?:
CTE: Fortunately, my health is doing well.  My dad has been dealing with Type 2 diabetes since ’09 so I’ve seen what it can do to a person, their body and family.

Cedric’s dad isn’t the only one with a health connection. The Rosetta Boyce Kyles Women’s Pavilion at SSM St. Mary’s Health Center in St. Louis, Cedric’s hometown, is named after Cedric’s late mother, Rosetta Boyce Kyles. Mrs. Kyles died on June 1, 2015. The women’s pavilion, serves a full spectrum of women’s health care needs; from adolescence through post-menopause clinical care, with a focus on women’s health, not only in the traditional areas of obstetrics and gynecology, but also in areas as diverse as sports medicine and cardiology. The pavilion happens be one of the first comprehensive women’s health centers of its kind in the St. Louis metropolitan area.

BDO: How did your relationship with the American Diabetes Association come about?:

CTE: Started when I was hosting Millionaire and they being one of the sponsors, I found out about the work they were doing with diabetic nerve pain and SteponUp.com and thought it would be great to help others as well.

BDO: What would you say to a family member who has diabetes?: 
CTE: First thing people should do is simply go see your doctor, man. People get diagnosed with diabetes and think they could handle it themselves, but they can’t. You know everybody has their own thoughts about how to handle something: chicken feet, Vick’s vapor rub and…