NBA Hall of Fame member Dominique Wilkins chatted with Sideline Pass founder Mia Jackson for a few minutes about his great career. He also took time to address a health topic that’s extremely personal. That issue is diabetes. The two-time winner of the NBA All-Star Dunk Contest now focuses on managing the disease that caused the death of both his father and grandfather.
According to the CDC’s 2014 National Diabetes Statistics Report, the number of people with Type II Diabetes continues to increase and almost 10% of the United States population has the disease.
- 29.1 million people or 9.3% of the U.S. population have diabetes.
- Diagnosed – 21.0 million people
- Undiagnosed – 8.1 million people (27.8% of people with diabetes are undiagnosed).
Dominique’s personal battle with the disease fuels his passion to get the word out to as many people as possible.