James Earl Jones health: 'It hit me like a thunderbolt' – actor, 91, on 'shock' condition

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“My wife, my manager, and my assistant — who’s also my son — are always there to support me and make sure I’m eating the healthiest I can. I don’t leave home without my son.”

Aged 86 at the time of supporting the campaign, Jones went on to speak about what effect the condition has had on his acting career: “I can live to the extent that I can do all the work I used to do 10 years ago.

“I love working, and at my age I still love being able to put in eight shows a week on a play or handle a long schedule if I’m doing film or television. I didn’t want that to stop, so I had to take responsibility for my condition. It’s more important that I address diabetes, because I will always be a diabetic.”

Although Jones did not experience any noticeable symptoms to indicate that he had type 2 diabetes, the NHS warns that the following symptoms could be the first signs of the condition:

  • Peeing more than usual, particularly at night
  • Feeling thirsty all the time
  • Feeling very tired
  • Losing weight without trying to
  • Itching around your penis or vagina, or repeatedly getting thrush
  • Cuts or wounds taking longer to heal
  • Blurred vision.

Diabetes UK explains that around 90 percent of people with diabetes in the UK have type 2, making it a serious condition.

Having high sugar levels for a prolonged amount of time can cause serious damage to parts of your body including the eyes, heart and feet. However, with the right treatment and management methods, complications of diabetes can be seriously reduced.


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