July 02, 2015

Dominique Wilkins, an NBA Hall of Fame member, former Atlanta Hawks star and Dr. P. Phillips Y membeshared his inspiring journey of living with Type 2 Diabetes with members of the community on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. at the Dr. P. Phillips YMCA.

A year after Dominique Wilkins retired from playing professional basketball, he was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. Wilkins said, “I trained for years, but when I retired I stopped working out consistently, but I continued to eat the same.” After his diagnosis, Wilkins consulted with a team  comprised of physicians, a diabetes educator, a nutritionist and a fitness expert, and was able to lose 34 pounds in just two months.

Dominique Wilkins story

Dominique sharing his story with members of the community.

“Diabetes isn’t a curse, it can be a very manageable disease if you accept it,” explained Wilkins. “Until we come up with a cure, the only cure is management.”

In his presentation, Dominique highlighted three key components of a successful diabetes management plan: a balanced diet, regular exercise and proper medication, as needed. 

At the Y, we offer diabetes prevention-based care. In partnership with Novo Nordisk, a leading diabetes healthcare provider and educator, the YMCA of Central Florida offers diabetes prevention based care through regular Diabetes Academy Classes. Led by experts from Novo Nordisk, the classes provide convenient tips for eating healthy, staying active to prevent the onset of diabetes.

For more information on the Diabetes Academy, please email [email protected].