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Ben Vereen, Tony Award-Winning Actor, Strives to Raise Awareness of Diabetes and Treatment
Date:9/24/2008

- Ben Vereen Issues a Call-to-Action for People with Diabetes to Join Him to Take the Stage and Act on Their Diabetes Today

BRIDGEWATER, N.J., Sept. 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Tony Award-winning actor and Broadway star Ben Vereen is partnering with sanofi-aventis, a world leader in diabetes care, to launch Take the Stage for Diabetes Awareness, a national awareness campaign designed to educate people living with diabetes about their condition. Since he was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2007, Mr. Vereen has worked hard to manage his condition and is now urging others living with diabetes to work with their healthcare providers to find the best overall treatment plan for them.

"When I was first diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, I was very scared and confused. After I accepted the initial diagnosis, I committed to doing everything I could to manage my diabetes," said Mr. Vereen. "My doctor talked to me about the importance of managing my blood sugar levels to help reduce the risk of diabetes-related complications. I worked closely with him to find the treatment plan that was right for me and now I want to urge others living with diabetes to do the same."

For some, controlling blood sugar levels may require diet, exercise and/or taking oral diabetes medications. For others, adding insulin to their overall diabetes treatment plan may be necessary to help maintain control of their blood sugar levels.

"I had many doubts and fears about taking insulin. I was worried the injections would be painful and interfere with my daily schedule," said Mr. Vereen. "Since I never wanted diabetes to define who I am or stop me from doing the things I love, I kept an open mind about all potential treatment options. My doctor and I decided together that along with watching the types of foods I eat and exercising regularly, I should start using insulin to help manage my blood sugar. My treatment plan has gotten my blood sugar where it needs to be and no
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