A Health Home Run: Baseball’s Dmitri Young Gets Another Turn at Life

Alexandria, Virginia
December 30, 2014

Former professional player Dmitri Young impressed the baseball world when he appeared at a game this summer, having lost about 100 pounds since he last played in 2010. His stunning transformation started with taking control of his type 2 diabetes. Young’s story makes the perfect centerpiece for the January/February 2015 issue of Diabetes Forecast®, the Healthy Living Magazine of the American Diabetes Association, which is packed with tips for improving your health in the new year.

In Healthy Hitter, Young describes his diagnosis in November 2006—it took five days in intensive care to bring his blood glucose to normal levels—and his long path to wellness. The man who was once among the top 10 heaviest players in the history of baseball is now a model for diabetes management and positive thinking.

Young achieved and maintains his results through diet, exercise, an insulin regimen and a newfound commitment to sobriety. In the article he shares his best tips for other people with diabetes, including how to work through weight loss plateaus and how to find a support system.

As Young has learned, a diabetes diagnosis is profoundly life-changing. “When people look at forever, it sounds like a prison sentence. You don’t see the light at the end of the tunnel,” he says. "But for me, it’s about feeling good.”

Also in the January/February 2015 issue of Diabetes Forecast:

  • Sleep tips that will help you wake up rested and refreshed.
  • How a Sacramento news anchor handles type 1 diabetes on and off the air.
  • Easy ways to organize your home for better health.
  • Notes on living well from legendary entertainer Patti LaBelle.
  • Three ways to enhance the way you cook in 2015.

Diabetes Forecast has been America’s leading diabetes magazine for more than 65 years, offering the latest news on diabetes research and treatment to provide information, inspiration and support to people with diabetes.

About the American Diabetes Association

Nearly half of American adults have diabetes or prediabetes; more than 30 million adults and children have diabetes; and every 21 seconds, another individual is diagnosed with diabetes in the U.S. Founded in 1940, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization whose mission is to prevent and cure diabetes, and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. The ADA drives discovery by funding research to treat, manage and prevent all types of diabetes, as well as to search for cures; raises voice to the urgency of the diabetes epidemic; and works to safeguard policies and programs that protect people with diabetes. In addition, the ADA supports people living with diabetes, those at risk of developing diabetes, and the health care professionals who serve them through information and programs that can improve health outcomes and quality of life. For more information, please call the ADA at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit diabetes.org. Information from both of these sources is available in English and Spanish. Find us on Facebook (American Diabetes Association), Twitter (@AmDiabetesAssn) and Instagram (@AmDiabetesAssn)