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.”
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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