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World Diabetes Day: Life Lessons

Four people living with diabetes who made a difference in 2015

This year The DX got to know many talented people who live with diabetes. With World Diabetes Day this Saturday, it’s a good time to revisit some of their inspirational lives and stories.

The Top Chef fan favorite on cooking with T1

This year’s Word Diabetes Day theme is healthy eating, and who embodies this more than chef Sam Talbot? Talbot, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at a young age, made a name for himself as a Top Chef fan favorite. His advice is to keep things simple, fresh and spontaneous in the kitchen: “Staying away from processed and prepackaged foods is always a good rule,” he says. “Make things from scratch and know what you put into your body.”

Further reading: Why Sam Talbot founded the nonprofit organization Beyond Type 1 with Nick Jonas and two other partners.

Carling Nolan on life with diabetes

Carling Nolan, a former professional golfer, found success after her retirement as co-host of Fox Sports’ 18 Holes with Jimmy Hanlin. A type 1 diabetes diagnosis at age 4 never held her back from her dreams. “If you make diabetes your first priority (eating right, keeping good blood sugars and exercising), then you’ll find that this dedicated state of mind will only help you succeed in other areas of your life,” Carling explains.

Further reading: Carling Nolan shares her favorite blood sugar management tips and how to set small goals.

Oren Liebermann

Oren Liebermann is the ultimate world traveler. While on a globetrotting adventure with his wife, Cassie, in 2013, he became very thirsty and started to lose weight. At a stopover in Nepal, he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Since then, he hasn’t let his diagnosis limit him. “I’ve traveled around the world with diabetes,” he says. He “hiked the Inca Trail, spent a night on the Great Wall of China, and many more fun and amazing adventures.” As a field reporter for CNN, Oren continues his travels as he covers stories all over the world.

Further reading: Oren Liebermann discusses the support he receives from colleagues and how he keeps a tight management schedule to avoid unexpected lows.

Mayor Edna Jackson

Edna Jackson, the first African American woman to serve as mayor of Savannah, Ga., has lived with diabetes for 25 years. She uses her political platform to help educate the public through diabetes advocacy. “Here in Savannah I try to participate and greet fundraising walkers, and tell my story at programs,” she says. “I tell people to get involved and take care of their bodies. I tell them changing just a few habits may help them live longer.”

Further reading: Edna Jackson dishes on what motivates her and how she gets herself out a of a diabetes rut.

Sam Talbot, Carling Nolan, Oren Liebermann and Edna Jackson received no compensation for their original interviews on The DX. All opinions contained in this post reflect those of the interviewees and/or contributors, and not of Sanofi US, its employees, agencies, or affiliates.

© 2015 The DX: The Diabetes Experience

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