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Cedric the Entertainer Promotes Diabetes Awareness

Welcome to Doctors’ Notes, our contribution from Urban Health correspondents (and husband and wife) physicians Dr. Rob and Dr. Karla Robinson.  The dynamic duo will be fielding questions about health, as it relates to African Americans.  Please feel free to send them questions via digitalpitches@ebony.comWe promise to keep it anonymous. 

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A gifted actor and comedian who truly became a household name after starring in the Kings of Comedy Tour, Barbershop films, Madagascar, and many other projects, Cedric the Entertainer has been making us laugh for years. But after a serious health scare hit close to home, Cedric took on a new role to educate the community about the effects of diabetes.

JET: Many don’t know that you are also a humanitarian on a personal mission to really raise awareness about diabetes. Can you tell us a little bit about why this is so important to you?

Cedric: My father suffers from Type 2 diabetes. I wanted to get this message out that people who have diabetes can also suffer shooting pains in their hands and their feet that may be related to their diabetes. Diabetic nerve pain is a big issue, especially in the African-American and Hispanic communities, and I thought it would be great to lend my voice to get people to become aware of it.

JET: We know that there is often a genetic component to developing Type 2 diabetes. Has your dad’s diagnosis had any impact on your lifestyle and how you take care of your health?

Cedric: I’ve become more aware and I’m paying more attention to my health. I turned 50 this year and these are things that are very important. I’ve been trying to step up and be healthier with my eating, and added walking and exercising to my daily routine. Those little steps you can do one at a time. Never try to feel like you have to change it all at once, but know that you have to do something.

JET: You have partnered up with the American Diabetes Association on their new campaign Step on Up to increase awareness about complications of diabetes. Tell us about that.

Cedric: We’re asking people to “Step on Up” and go to the website and get some symptom relief. If you don’t have it properly diagnosed you may not know it has to do with diabetes. I want people to go and check it out. Don’t try and self-diagnose if you find yourself not being able to do those little things that you love because your feet hurt or are aching in pain. Diabetic nerve pain is a serious thing, but you can find some symptom relief.

JET: How can we learn more about the Step on Up program?

Cedric: Go to SteponUp.com so you can find out more about diabetes and diabetic nerve pain. There’s even a diabetic nerve pain assessment that you can take online and you can take it with you to your doctor’s appointment.

JET: Tell us a little bit about the projects you have going on now and what your fans can look forward to from you.

Cedric: I’ve been really busy this year. Coming out in December is Top Five, a movie that was written and directed by Chris Rock. I’m really blessed to have the fourth season of the Soul Man, and I’m also hosting and producing a show called Cedric’s Barber Battle. We went around the country and saw some of the most talented barbers and put them in a competition show. We take you inside the barber shop to see some really skillful guys who can cut hair. That should be coming out in early 2015.

It’s a health thing…we’ve got to understand!

About the Doctors: Dr. Karla and Dr. Rob are the founders of Urban Housecall, a multimedia health and wellness resource, and also hosts of the Urban Housecall Radio Show.  For more from the doctors, visit their website at www.urbanhousecall.com, like them on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter @urbanhousecall!