Dominique's Victoza® story
Type 2 diabetes doesn’t have to turn your life upside down. I’m proof positive.
My diabetes journey began when I was 40 years old, not long after I retired from the NBA. After losing my grandfather and father to diabetes, I decided that I would do everything I could to manage my disease.
One of the first steps was to begin taking diabetes medication. I started out with a pill, but it wasn’t enough to help me reach my A1C goal. I needed something more to help me gain control of my diabetes. That’s when my doctor prescribed Victoza®.
Victoza® is a once-daily, non-insulin injectable medication. Along with eating healthy foods and getting regular exercise, it helped me lower my blood sugar and reach my A1C goals. While it’s not a weight-loss product, Victoza® also helped me lose some weight.a
My “Diabetes Dream Team” is also a big part of properly managing my diabetes. It includes physicians, a diabetes educator, a nutritionist, and a fitness instructor. Other people I lean on to stay on track, like my wife and kids, are also part of my “team.”
aIndividual results may vary. Victoza® is not for weight loss, but it may help you lose some weight. In clinical studies ranging from 26 to 52 weeks in length, many people lost some weight. In our largest study, when Victoza® was added to metformin, people lost on average up to 6.2 pounds. While many people in clinical trials lost weight, some did gain weight.
Dominique's "Diabetes Dream Team"
After I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, I realized that I needed a game plan for managing it. One of the first steps I took was putting together my “Diabetes Dream Team,” a group of experts and other people who help me stay on track.
Who’s on my "Diabetes Dream Team"?
- My doctor, who prescribed Victoza® and monitored my progress when a pill wasn’t enough to get me to my goals
- A certified diabetes educator, who showed me how to fit diabetes care into my busy lifestyle
- A nutritionist, who taught me how I can enjoy the foods I’ve always eaten, with some modifications
- A fitness trainer, who helps me get the physical activity I need
- My wife and kids, who provide encouragement and support
The best way to get the help you need is to be honest with your "Diabetes Dream Team," so I share everything with them. They helped me develop a winning strategy for success by giving me the information and motivation I need to succeed.
Victoza® is an important part of my comprehensive plan for diabetes management, along with eating right and staying active.
My "Diabetes Dream Team"—which includes physicians, a diabetes educator, a nutritionist, and a fitness expert—helps me put it all together. But I know that I am accountable for making sure my care plan fits my needs. So I hold myself to these 4 principles to stay on track:
Be honest with your care team
As I struggled to find the right medicine over the years, I had many conversations with my doctor about how I was feeling. When my pill wasn't getting me to my goal, my doctor and I worked together to find a treatment that was right for me—Victoza®. Is Victoza® right for you? You'll never know until you ask your doctor.
Keep it simple
My doctor helped me design a diabetes management plan that's easy to follow. That has made a big difference in my success. Remember, your plan has to work for you, so make sure your team designs a plan you can stick to.
Make being active fun
I enjoy a combination of running and walking on the treadmill and shooting hoops with my kids. (In fact, my family is one of my biggest motivators as far as being proactive about my health!) Every little bit of activity helps; even just a 30-minute walk can make an impact.
Eat healthy most of the time
I try to maintain a healthy diet of lean proteins, like chicken and fish, along with fresh fruit and vegetables. I continue to enjoy other foods I love, but in moderation.
Stay on track,
Dominique Wilkins is excited to share diabetes pointers with you in his free Coaches' Clipboard eBook!
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