The 12-time retired NBA All-Star and four-time NBA champion, former rapper, movie star, as well as the holder of an Olympic gold medal, Shaquille O’Neal has done it all professionally. And since his retirement, he’s become an NBA analyst and pitch man for everything from cars to muscle heating pad. But this powerful father has his sights on something even bigger: Diabetes.
“It’s alarming,” says O’Neal. “We need to come together to try to help prevent the disease and stay healthy.”
Nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes, and another 79 million Americans are considered pre-diabetic, according to the American Diabetes Association. Approximately two-thirds of diabetics eventually die from heart disease or a stroke.
For O’Neal, the fight against diabetes is personal. He was drawn to finding a solution after watching close family members struggle to manage the disease.
He’s now focusing his energy on preventing people from developing diabetes in the first place.