Anthony Anderson Says ‘There’s Nothing Easy About’ Diabetes


Anthony Anderson from the hit ABC show black-ish is known for the humor and life he brings to the show. But he’s also living with Type 2 Diabetes, a disease that many African-Americans are affected by.

“It’s no secret that I’m a type 2 diabetic. And so we’re dealing with that on the show,” explained Anderson. His character Dre is diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes in an episode airing on December 12, 2017. “It’s the first of its kind of integration that my show and ABC is doing with Novo Nordisk.”

Anderson and Novo Nordisk have partnered together for a campaign called Get Real About Diabetes.

“There’s going to be a lifestyle change with Dre on the show…We’re going to do everything that I went through,” explained Anderson. “The problems that not only I go through personally but thousands of other people out there are dealing with this disease.”

“I was the first one diagnosed in my family but my father ended up getting it and so did my mother,” said Anderson.

It was a real shock and a wake-up call to the Anderson his father had diabetes. “I lost to my father due to the complications of diabetes.”

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5 thoughts on “Anthony Anderson Says ‘There’s Nothing Easy About’ Diabetes

  1. Love this episode because it encourages black folks to realize we need to address our health issues early and often; however, the misinformation of how we should treat type 2 diabetes is tragic. Type 2 diabetes is a disease of insulin resistance not high blood sugar yet doctors continue to prescribe insulin and other meds to reduce the blood sugar while not actually treating the diabetes. High blood sugar is the symptom of diabetes, while insulin resistance is the real disease. Taking insulin will lower the blood sugar but allow the diabetes to continue to progress. We need to eat right (more veggies less refined sugars or carbs) and exercise. PLEASE stay woke……do your research see below

  2. Kim Young on said:

    I myself am a Type 2 Diabetic and I’ve seen the deviation on family members it causes. The struggle is real and thanks for address it. I will be watching.

  3. Glenn Blackburn on said:

    I am diabetic also, I just can’t believe that I will have to deal with for the rest of my life. And to make it even worse insulin is soooo expensive. Its scary to think that one day I might not be able to afford the meds that I need to live.

  4. I am SO proud of you, Anthony Anderson (my HU alum)! This may be the first lead character, Black or White, to discuss and deal with diabetes. There have always been fat characters on TV that eat crazy, but they never got diabetes. I’m sure this episode of Blackish will be realistic and informative as well as funny! And I’m also proud of Anthony for losing all the weight and keeping it off! Keep up the great work, sir. Live long and prosper!!

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