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'Sharing Miracles' Television Program to Feature NBA Hall-of-Famer, Scoring Champ Dominique Wilkins
Date:4/29/2009

is father and grandfather.

In fact, Wilkins said, he likely was diabetic even before retiring, but failed to recognize the symptoms: "After games, I would feel off, I would sweat really badly, I would feel sick, and I would have to eat something really quickly. I didn't realize then that my blood sugar was low."

Upon receiving his disturbing diagnosis, Wilkins confronted his disease head-on. "I changed my diet, I started exercising, and I started taking my medicine," he said. "All of those three components together - really, it's very simple - let you live a healthy life. I didn't want what happened to my dad to happen to me. I won't let it beat me, and now I feel better than I've ever felt."

That's why now, he's not just a champion on the court. "Going through what I have been through with diabetes made me realize that I have to be a champion for trying to eradicate diabetes, changing the way that we look at diabetes, and trying to help people understand and educate themselves," Wilkins said.

According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, more than 23 million people in the United States have diabetes - but roughly one quarter do not know it. If the current trends continue, the American Diabetes Association estimates, one in every three Americans born after the year 2000 will develop the disease in their lifetime.

That's why America's pharmaceutical research and biotechnology companies are committed to discovering new medicines to treat diabetes. In fact, today there are 150 potential new medicines in development for the disease.

Speaking about this effort, Roche scientist Dr. Rachele Berria discusses how patients can take steps to help prevent the disease. "Two out of three Americans now are either overweight or obese. Obesity has become to type-2 diabetes what cigarette smoking is to lung cancer. Even small amounts of weight loss, for example ten
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