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When It Comes to Diabetes, Just—Ask. Screen. Know

Filed under : Health, YUM MZ

By: Carolina Pichardo

In honor of National Diabetes Awareness Month, we chatted with Hip-Hop legend, Rev Run and his wife, Justine to learn more about Ask. Screen. Know.

Before diabetes, my mother-in-law was life. She was energy, vibrancy, and this beautiful, beautiful force. Shortly after diabetes, however, her health declined and she passed away a few years after the diagnosis. Apparently, she’d been living with the disease for years, unaware of it and self-medicating with natural remedies.

And according to researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, she was not alone.

In the U.S., as many as 28% of adults with full-blown diabetes don’t know they have it. What’s worse, according to, more than 1 in 3 American adults are at risk of diabetes. Understanding the risks, whether you or your loved ones are candidates for diabetes, can prevent lots of pain and challenges in the long-run. Believe me, I know.

In honor of National Diabetes Awareness Month, the country will be honoring those impacted and at risk of diabetes, as well as those making a change, such as Hip-Hop legend, Rev Run and his wife, Justine.

Together, the power couple launched, with healthcare company, Novo Nordisk, to urge young families to learn of their diabetes risk together.

Because when research shows that 19.6 percent of African-Americans were diagnosed as having diabetes from 2007 to 2010, compared to 9.5 percent of whites, then you know there’s a problem. Latinos aren’t spared either, since there’s a 14% change of obesity (precursor for diabetes) among the group—the highest of all.

So what can young families do to get checked and make sure they’re not at risk? We asked Rev Run and Justine let us know how they got things started with their families, and what are the best steps to getting screened.

For more information on how to avert the risks of diabetes, and learn more about getting screened, please visit for more. Also, join the discussion on Twitter with Rev Run at ##RevOnASK.

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