Blair’s experience was not unique within his community. The
percentage of adults with diagnosed diabetes is second highest among
Black Americans (12.1%), behind American Indian and Alaska Native
persons 2. Seeing this play out in the health of those
close to him, he has seen diabetes change the lives of many.
“Being a Black American, it is extremely prevalent in our
community,” he shared. “Despite this diagnosis being common, many
people still struggle with shifting their lifestyle
This included himself at a point on his
journey living with diabetes.
“I wasn’t always a good patient. At the beginning of my diagnosis, I
started doing some lifestyle modifications and making sure I was
taking all of my medicines, etc. And then it just kind of dropped off.
When you live with diabetes, there is a lifestyle modification you
must make. You have to be committed to those lifestyle changes in
order to get your health on track,” he says.
Diabetes management can come as a learning curve for some. While it
can be a challenge, people like Blair Page help their peers through
encouragement and education. Embracing a healthy lifestyle aids in
maintaining or improving critical health numbers 3.
Speaking with a doctor about health challenges can also be critical in
remaining successful. Blair describes the value in treating your
physician as a partner.
“Once you’re diagnosed, that doctor/patient relationship changes.
Your doctor should become your partner. If you’re not working with the
physician as a partner you won’t have the best possible outcome,” he
says. “You have to make sure you’re keeping up your end of the agreement.”