It’s amazing the amount of information you can pass along in a tweet (which is limited to 140 characters, for those of you who are unfamiliar with Twitter). So in this day and age, where attention spans are short and the craving for information is large, I opted for a brief interview with American Idol’s Randy Jackson over a longer one. I then tapped into his fan base for most of my questions, which brought about some unexpected responses about just what the American Idol judges are looking for in contestants to pass them through to the next round, what he thinks of the boy bands new and old, and the fact that he’s working on forming a new boy band of his own, among other things. You can hear the interview in its entirety below.
One of the questions I asked Randy Jackson was about his experiences with type 2 diabetes. It all began for him with a trip to the emergency room in 2003 with flu-like symptoms that wouldn’t subside – sweating, fatigue, thirst, and lightheadedness. He thought he had the flu. He didn’t. He had type 2 diabetes. His blood sugar was 5 times what it should have been.
Randy Jackson wasn’t expecting that diagnosis, and it was a shock to him. Type 2 diabetes can cause heart disease, among other long-term complications. He was faced with managing his blood sugar, changing his diet, and exercising to manage his blood sugar levels, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels. Changing his diet was hard. He was used to eating Southern foods, and he’s always on the go. So he cut down on his portions, fills up on fresh fruits and vegetables, and keeps track of his “carbs.”
Randy Jackson is working with Merck to promote a website that provides the newly diagnosed with the information he would have liked to have had when he received his diagnosis.
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