J. Anthony Brown Tackles The New “Type 3” Diabetes

jbrownComedian, actor and co-host of The Tom Joyner Morning Show, J. Anthony Brown seems to be able to find something funny in just about everything. From his live comedy shows to “murdering the hits” on the nationally syndicated TJMS, Brown is an all around funny guy, until he speaks about diabetes.

Diabetes has a history in J. Anthony Brown’s family, losing both parents to the disease, but he didn’t take it seriously until he was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes 15 years ago.

Once Brown was diagnosed, he began to make lifestyle changes by eating healthier, getting rest and better managing his diabetes. BlackDoctor.org recently spoke with Brown, a National Spokesperson for the American Diabetes Association, to hear his story:

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BlackDoctor: What did you do when you found out you were diagnosed with diabetes?
J. Anthony Brown: People aren’t really aware of how serious it is. A person may find out they have it and you go back to work. But you learn how serious it is. Once I learned about it, I started to change my diet and manage it.

I found out that it truly is a silent killer, but the average person is not serious as it is. A lot of people we lose every day from it. When I speak about it, I always say there are three types of diabetics: Type 1, Type 2 and Type 3 diabetes. Type 3 is a person who lives with a diabetic. They have to go through some of the same pains as the person with the disease. They have to nag and help you stay the course. They get mad at you when you’re not doing what you’re supposed to. Because they love you, the go through that same journey.