Songstress Angie Stone Lends Name to Help Educate Others on Diabetes

Shevry Lassiter | 9/28/2011, 11:50 a.m.
The Washington Informer caught up with soul singer Angie Stone during the Congressional Black Caucus...
Singer Angie Stone is going touring the country raising awareness about diabetes. / Photo by Shevry Lassiter

The Washington Informer caught up with soul singer Angie Stone during the Congressional Black Caucus annual legislative conference held in Washington, D.C. last week. Stone became a spokesperson for the Fearless African-Americans Connected and Empowered (F.A.C.E) diabetes initiative sponsored by Eli Lilly and Company, and sat down to discuss the importance of her new role.

Stone was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes 10 years ago and has had the challenges that come along with the diagnosis. Those challenges include setbacks and disappointments but she now feels she finally has it under control.

People with Type 2 diabetes are able to produce insulin when they are diagnosed, but the insulin they produce does not help the body's cells use glucose for energy. According to the American Diabetes Association, Type 2 diabetes accounts for 90 to 95 percent of all diabetes cases in America.

"Through the Eli Lily Company initiative, I have been inspired to manage my diabetes," Stone said. She has lost weight and works towards keeping the weight off. Stone has gone from a size 22 to a size 14 by changing her eating habits and cooking healthy meals.

Many people are unaware that they have Type 2 diabetes until they develop one of its life-threatening complications, which include: infections and cuts or bruises that heal slowly, blurred vision, tingling or numbness in your hands or feet, trouble with skin, gum, or bladder infections, and recurring vaginal yeast infections.

Stone said that her family had a history of diabetes. Her mother is a diabetic, and her mother's only sister was a diabetic and died as a result of the disease. Stone has also had several cousins diagnosed with the disease.

Stone said, "My children, have escaped the diagnosis thus far, and I'm here to tell you it goes around rampant."

Stone is traveling from city to city and neighborhood to neighborhood to get the word out that you can beat this disease. She is excited that people are making a decision in their lives to get checked for diabetes and feels it is very important to get checked early.

According to Eli Lily, the goal of the F.A.C.E. initiative is to help people with type 2 diabetes manage the disease with proper nutrition, healthy cooking, exercise and physical activity and their overall well-being. The program is designed to provide the tools and information to keep anyone diagnosed with diabetes fearless, connected and empowered.