Former NFL star Simmons shares personal journey with diabetes

Kendall Simmons speaks at Straub Medical Center

Kendall Simmons may be a two-time Super Bowl Champion, but he says one of his biggest challenges arose off the field.

The former Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman spoke about living with diabetes at Straub Medical Center in Honolulu Saturday.

During the event, Simmons opened up saying he was only 23 years old when he was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

Having just started his career in the NFL and falling ill, he had no idea what to do, but he stayed strong.

“And I told myself from that day on, this will be a disease that will not stop me from doing what I wanna do,” said Simmons. “What motivates me the most is my family. Period.”

Simmons says he lost 45 pounds in months and was blind for a week before being diagnosed. He says he was able to get his health back on track by controlling his diabetes through knowledge and wellness.

“One of the things I that pushes me to do what I do, there’s a deadly cycle that needs to be broken,” Simmons added. “And everybody’s household around the world, diabetes does not discriminate at all no matter the size, shape, color, whatever.”

The event also recognized participants of the 2016 Diabetes Care for Life Program, the hospital’s eight-week diabetes self-management program. For more information on the program click here.

It was supported by a grant from Novo Nordisk, which Simmons is a spokesman for.

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