Dominique launches his Diabetes Dream Team
NBA All-Star Dominique Wilkins has always been larger than life and now, he’s been immortalized with a statue outside Atlanta’s Philipps arena, home of his former team, the Atlanta Hawks. But the NBA great has another team that is near to his heart; Diabetes Dream Team.
The NBA great and hall of famer has teamed up with Novo Nordisk and launched his Diabetes Dream Team, a national initiative to help adults with type 2 diabetes manage their diabetes.
In a recent interview Dominique had this advice to offer; “Diabetes management is important because if it goes unchecked it can become a major problem. People think a lot of times that they can skate or they can ignore this disease without making lifestyle changes you can’t do that. So the first thing I would tell people is accept it, be able to manage it by making small changes in your life because it is not major changes its small changes and make sure you get physical activity along with your medication and diet change into your support plan. That support plan again is a treatment plan that will work for you once you sit down and really engage yourself with your physician which is the first thing and how do i change my life as far as what I eat, how I exercise and what type of medication should I take. I think the biggest thing people have to realize is that you can’t deviate from it you have to stick with-it.”
Nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes. In the U.S., a new case of diabetes is diagnosed every 30 seconds; more than 1.9 million people are diagnosed each year. Diabetes can managed with the right treatment plan.
Diabetes education has become a big area of focus for Dominique and he has teamed up with Novo Nordisk to launch his Diabetes Dream Team.
When Dominique was diagnosed he explains” I had to make lifestyle adjustments and changes. So when I made that change to Victoza® medication and the relationship I have now with Novo Nordisk is very important because having launched the diabetes website Diabetes Dream Team.com that is giving people opportunities and options to really changing the way they look at their own diabetes and their own relationship, personal relationships for example with your physician. My personal relationship with my physician was he helped get to my goal, i was able to devise a plan that worked for me after we sat down.”
Today, Wilkins takes Victoza® (liraglutide [rDNA origin] injection), a once-daily, non-insulin injection, as part of his treatment plan. Victoza® may help improve blood sugar in adults with type 2 diabetes when used along with diet and exercise.
Dominique offers this advice for others living with diabetes. “the first thing I would tell people is accept it, be able to manage it by making small changes in your life because it is not major changes its small changes and make sure you get physical activity along with your medication and diet change into your support plan. That support plan again is a treatment plan that will work for you once you sit down and really engage yourself with your physician which is the first thing and how do i change my life as far as what I eat, how I exercise and what type of medication should I take. I think the biggest thing people have to realize is that you can’t deviate from it you have to stick with-it.”
Adults with type 2 diabetes can visit DiabetesDreamTeam.com and learn how to manage diabetes.
The most celebrated player to ever put on an Atlanta Hawks uniform, Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins is also the Hawks’ Vice President of Basketball. Wilkins works in various management functions within the Hawks’ basketball and business areas and is the team’s analyst for the Hawks broadcast networks.
Dominique’s passion extends beyond basketball. His true calling came from an unexpected diagnosis of type 2 diabetes at the age of 40 – not long after he retired from the National Basketball Association (NBA). After losing his grandfather and father to diabetes, Wilkins decided early on that he was going to do everything possible to better manage his diabetes and encourage others to do the same.
Extremely active with local and national charity endeavors, Wilkins has done work with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Special Olympics, Muscular Dystrophy Association and American Lung Association. In July 2007, Wilkins launched “Nique and Newt’s Full-Court Press on Diabetes” with former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Newt Gingrich. In March 2010, Wilkins was honored by the Georgia State Legislature as they presented a State Resolution naming him the Diabetes Ambassador for the state of Georgia. Wilkins was also honored in October 2011 when he was inducted in to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America Alumni Hall of Fame.
The 6’8” forward is the 11th all-time leading scorer in NBA history and his 24.8 career scoring average is 14th on the all-time charts. As one of the league’s marquee players, his outstanding contributions on the court were recognized by the Hawks organization in January 2001 when he became the third player in club history to have his uniform number (#21) retired, joining Hawks legends Bob Pettit and Lou Hudson.
In his free time, Wilkins enjoys cooking healthy meals with his wife Sunny and shooting hoops with his children. He credits his family for being supportive and helping him stay focused on his health.
For more information about Novo Nordisk, visit www.novonordisk-us.com
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