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Video: American Performing Icon Ben Vereen Encourages People to 'Take the Stage' and Act on Their Diabetes in 2009
Date:4/21/2009

with diabetes and let them know that they are not alone, in the hope that more people will make a commitment to have a detailed conversation about their treatment plan with their physician.

"My doctor explained that because my body does not produce enough insulin naturally, taking daily insulin injections as part of my overall diabetes treatment plan would play an important role in helping to control my blood sugar levels," said Mr. Vereen. "I am glad I asked my doctor to discuss all available treatment options because learning about how insulin works in the body of a person with type 2 diabetes helped me get over some of my initial doubts and fears."

Healthcare professionals who share Mr. Vereen's goal of educating people living with diabetes will join him on his nationwide tour, offering expert advice and encouraging others to work with their doctors to find the best overall treatment plan for them. As a person living with type 1 diabetes, Steven Edelman, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism at the University of California, San Diego and Founder and Director of Taking Control of Your Diabetes (TCOYD), a not-for-profit diabetes education organization, knows firsthand how crucial it is to make diabetes and health management a top priority, so he always keeps an open dialogue with his patients.

"When I talk to my patients about all available diabetes treatment options, I also make sure to tell them about insulin. Not every type 2 diabetes patient I see needs insulin, but someday they might," said Dr. Edelman. "I find that explaining how insulin works in the body of a person living with type 2 diabetes helps patients overcome initial fears or reluctance to add insulin to their treatment plan when appropriate."

For many, controlling blood sugar levels requires regular blood sugar monitoring, diet modification and an increased exercise regimen. For others, taki
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