Actor Chris Noth, commonly known for his roles as Mr. Big on Sex on the City, detective Mike Logan on "Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and currently seen on The Good Wife opposite Julianna Margulies, is stepping out to encourage adults ages 45 and older to get screened for diabetes, to know if they're at risk, and potentially prevent such complications. He was here with Dr. Silvio Quaglia to discuss Novo Nordisk's "Ask. Screen. Know" program.
Every 17 seconds, someone new is diagnosed with diabetes - that's three people every minute. And of the millions of Americans who are currently living with diabetes, half don't even know it. If left untreated, diabetes can lead to a long list of health complications such as heart disease and stroke, kidney disease, high blood pressure, blindness, nerve problems and amputations.
Noth knows firsthand the importance of early detection as he recently helped his close friend, who had all the signs of diabetes, take action, get into the doctor's office, to find he did in fact have the disease, and begin to take care of it and himself. It was a huge wake-up call for Noth's friend but exactly what he needed to get his health in check. Today, he is physically and mentally a different person -- an empowering thing for Noth to witness. Noth is passionate about encouraging others who may have friends with clear signs to step in and help them too.
As part of the Ask.Screen.Know. program, Noth and Novo Nordisk are sharing tools with Americans (www.askscreenknow.com) that will enable them to ask the right questions about diabetes risks, understand screenings, and know the next steps to take when facing a potential diabetes diagnosis.