Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Bret Michaels featured on cover of Diabetes Forecast

Bret Michaels continues to do his part to raise awareness of the issues surrounding diabetes: already the “face” of the American Diabetes Association's National Diabetes Month, Bret is featured on the December cover of the ADA’s monthly magazine, Diabetes Forward.

There is also a piece featuring Bret, as well as some inspirational success stories about people living with diabetes.

To preview the piece on Bret, click here.

Throughout the article, Bret offers insights into growing up with type-1 diabetes, managing it on the road, and his indulgences.

Michaels on growing up diabetic: "As a kid, I felt isolated. There were no other kids in my school who were diabetic. My mom formed the Harrisburg Diabetic Youth Camp, which saved my life. Being around others like you is empowering."

On the road: "I have seen more truck stops and truck-stop food than anyone can handle. I have to make adjustments wherever I go."

On diet: "Diabetic or not, one of the most important things when it comes down to living healthy is eating the right foods in the right balance. ... Whether it is weight loss or weight gain, I am just talking about your body feeling good and that mind over matter makes a difference."

On indulging: "Football Sunday is the day... I indulge. Looking at a pizza, my hand finds its way to a slice. I am not perfect."

In this rare interview Michaels discusses his health struggles and the everyday challenges of living with diabetes and explains how he has taken control of his health after years of a rock-and-roll lifestyle.

"Life is not perfect, but it's how you roll with it," says Michaels. "I have been knocked down professionally and even worse medically, but I am a kicker and a fighter — mental attitude is what it's all about."

For more information about how you can join the American Diabetes Association's movement to Stop Diabetes during American Diabetes Month, visit stopdiabetes.com or call 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383).

American Diabetes Association – Stop Diabetes PSA (2010)