Tuesday, January 29, 2008

How I fight Diabetes and win ! by Mary Tyler Moore and David Wells

Mary Tyler Moore, now 70-years-old, has successfully managed her type 1 diabetes for 30 years -- and chose to become an advocate for diabetes research, taking her story all the way from Hollywood to Washington, D.C.

Moore testified before Congress (along with actors Kevin Kline and Jonathan Lipnicki and former astronaut Jim Lovell, commander of Apollo 13) to call for an increase in funding for diabetes research and support for embryonic stem cell research, which she called "truly life affirming." Also present in the hearing room were about 200 children with diabetes and their families, who were in town for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International Children's Congress

David Wells
Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher David Wells' life changed in early March 2007 when he found out that he had type 2 diabetes. The 43-year-old left-hander, who has battled his weight in the past, probably had high blood sugar for a long time. He was scratched from a start in 2006 due to gout in his right foot, but with the diagnosis he pledged to make healthier lifestyle choices.

As Wells told the San Diego Union-Tribune after his diagnosis: "Obviously, this is a concern, but it's beatable. And I'm going to beat it. It's going to take some lifestyle changes, and I'm already making them."

See more great testimonies at www.springwell.biz; www.dbethics.com


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