It’s going to be all about the ‘blood sugars in the ballroom’ on the 20th season of ‘Dancing With The Stars’ thanks to R&B legend, Patti LaBelle.
The world’s most-famous ‘Divabetic’, Patti LaBelle who embodies a ‘new attitude’ about living with diabetes has already emerged as the social media darling among a largely less-than-A-list cast.
“I’m so excited that Patti LaBelle is going to be on one of my favorite TV shows,” says Max ‘Mr. Divabetic’ Szadek. “Patti’s bold, sassy spirit inspired me to coin the phrase ‘Divabetic’ at a Luther Vandross tribute concert in 2005. Our nonprofit, Divabetic.org, encourages others living with diabetes to adopt her diva attitude to feel good about themselves and their health. I can’t wait to tune in!”
A diagnosis of diabetes wasn’t enough to stop two-time Grammy-winning legend Patti LaBelle in her tracks; it took awhile for her to get in tune with the disease. Patti now eats right, exercises daily, and takes her medicine regularly. Apparently it’s paying off because media insiders are already speculating that she has the leg up for viewer’s attention on the ABC dancing competition.
She sees her diagnosis as a “blessing from God,” a wake-up call of sorts, to take better care of herself. “I realized I had to embrace my diabetes right away and not ignore it. Diabetes doesn’t scare me because as long as I control it and it doesn’t control me, I can live a normal life. And I plan to live at least another 70 years!”
Patti’s the first to admit that not everything is perfect in her life with diabetes. Her eyesight is getting “really bad” and her feet swell sometimes. But she checks her blood glucose four times every day, takes insulin and other oral diabetes medicines.
“I love to shake it, honey!” says LaBelle who credits regular exercise with helping to keep her diabetes from getting worse. “You can take hold of the situation,” she says. “I feel great now. I live the right way. I wear fierce clothes. God has blessed me. Everything I do now, I do it proud. I am a divabetic!”
“The great soul divas are at heart survivors like Patti and Aretha Franklin, and they do whatever they need to stay in the spotlight and I applaud her for that,” music biographer David Ritz, author of “Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin.”
“She is one of the most talented voices in the music business, but she hasn’t been all that relevant recently. The show is going to elevate her star power even higher, ” says Dorothy Cascerceri, host of the TV show, “Celebrity Corner.”
GLAM MORE FEAR LESS: Mr. Divabetic will be following Patti LaBelle’s progress on this blog and posting the results weekly.
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