Diabetes Forecast

People to Know 2015: Tim McGraw

By Lindsey Wahowiak ,

Tim McGraw

Tim McGraw has been a mainstay of country music for more than 20 years and an actor for nearly as long. It’s only recently that he’s jumped into the diabetes world—but he’s already a superstar here, too.

McGraw has joined the American Diabetes Association and Merck to champion America’s Diabetes Challenge, a campaign to help people living with type 2 diabetes set and reach their A1C goals.

The guy who sings “Live Like You Were Dying,” “Don’t Take the Girl,” and “My Next Thirty Years” is obviously a pretty inspirational person, but it’s clear that his motivation behind his new campaign is something special. His aunt passed away from complications of type 2 diabetes, and other friends and family members live with the disease. “Since there are nearly 30 million Americans living with diabetes, I think we all probably have someone in our family or circle of friends who has been touched by diabetes,” he says.

McGraw’s always been an advocate for healthy living; as a former athlete and son of pro baseball player Tug McGraw, he’d have to be. But now he’s more than walking the walk: He’s talking about diabetes awareness and education with huge audiences, including on his summer 2015 Shotgun Rider tour. And as the spokesman for America’s Diabetes Challenge, you might see his face at other major ADA events across the country, from Step Out®: Walk to Stop Diabetes® to Feria de Salud and beyond.

He’s keen to talk with people about the importance of A1C—a measure of blood glucose control—and teaches people about the risks of low blood glucose. While he doesn’t live with diabetes himself, he’s ready to be an ambassador for the cause. “I’m a strong believer in making healthy choices and taking a proactive role in your health,” he says. “I want to help others do the same.”

Lindsey Wahowiak is a health writer in Washington, D.C. When she thinks “Tim McGraw,” she does indeed think of her favorite song.

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