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After storming his way to the final rounds of American Idol and producing a self-titled solo album, Elliot Yamin has proven that hard work and discipline is key to success. Elliott recently sat down to talk about his life and diabetes with the American Diabetes Association.
HF: What’s touring like? How long do you stay in a city/town?
EY: On tour, we usually stay in a city or town for a day or two, but that’s what I love most about touring, aside from performing, is getting to travel and explore!
HF: What has been your favorite city/town to visit on tour?
EY: My favorite so far has been Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
HF: How long do you go on tour?
EY: Six to eight weeks at a time.
HF: How are you doing with your blood sugar and stuff?
EY: So far so good...[I’ve] been checking it a lot more often these days!
HF: Do you use an insulin pump, if so what kind?
EY: Yes, I’m currently using the Medtronic Minimed Paradigm.
HF: How long have you been on the pump?
EY: Eight years.
HF: Was it tough at school when you were young?
EY: Yes, I really wasn’t a good student at the time of my diagnosis and I had a hard time dealing with the sudden realization of having a lifelong, incurable disease.
HF: What do you do when you’re feeling down?
EY: I usually sing.
HF: What’s your favorite food?
EY: I love a good burger!
HF: What types of snacks do you like to eat when you’re low?
EY: Strawberry shortcake rolls and orange juice.
HF: What message do you want kids with diabetes to hear from you?
EY: First: That it’s important to understand the long-term affects diabetes has, and it’s important to take care of yourself now! And second: to never let the disease stand in the way of accomplishing your goals and dreams.
HF: Have you been on Planet D?
EY: Yes, I think it’s awesome — anytime there’s a place for people (especially young people) to go to where they can learn, discuss, and even help make a difference is awesome!
Hometown: Richmond, VA
Birth date: 1/20/78
T1 diagnosis: Age 16
Pump or shots: Pump
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