Angela Bassett Talks Heart Disease & Diabetes: “It’s My Way Of Honoring My Mother’s Life”

We’ve seen Angela Bassett embody numerous roles in What’s Love Got To Do With It, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Waiting To Exhale and currently, “American Horror Story.” As the face of the new For Your Sweetheart campaign, an initiative to spread awareness about the link between Type 2 diabetes and heart disease, Bassett took on this role effortlessly because it’s something that’s personal to her.

In 2014, Betty Jones, the actress’ mother, who had Type 2 Diabetes, died of heart disease at 78. Here, Bassett talks with about why awareness is key and how she stays healthy.

BDO: Could you tell me about the For Your Sweetheart initiative is about and why you wanted to get involved?

Angela: For Your Sweetheart is a nationwide movement to raise awareness about the link between Type 2 diabetes and heart disease. It’s a critical movement because heart disease is the leading cause of death associated with Type 2 diabetes. My mother had Type 2 diabetes and she passed away three years ago from heart disease so it’s very close to my heart. Her brother also had Type 2 diabetes so cardiovascular health is of major importance to him. It’s a matter that’s very close to our family. Being involved with this campaign is a way to raise awareness for others who have it, but also my way to honor my mom’s life and legacy.