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THINGS

YOU MIGHT NOT
KNOW ABOUT
ANTHONY ANDERSON

1 He attended Howard University on a talent scholarship and has
been married to his college sweetheart since 1999.

2 The man who plays his father on Black·ish, Laurence Fishburne,
is only nine years his senior in real life.

3 He loves to golf and hosted his own celebrity charity tournament.
4 In 2011, Anderson won $250,000 for the Alzheimer's Association on
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?

5 Much of Black·ish is inspired by Anderson's life, including a plotline in the
pilot in which Anderson's son asks to have a bar mitzvah for his birthday.

6 While son Nathan wishes to follow in his father's footsteps as an actor,

Anderson's daughter, Kyra, plans to earn a doctorate degree with the goal
of heading a nonprofit organization.
7 Anderson worked with the same nutritionist as Al Roker.
Sources: IMDb, Entertainment Weekly, USA Today, Hollywood Reporter,
Yahoo! News, Los Angeles Times

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Petersen, managing director of medical information for the American
Diabetes Association.
"Unquenchable thirst and frequent
urination are quintessential first
warning signs of any kind of diabetes," he says. "Glucose builds up in
the bloodstream because it's not being
absorbed, and so the body tries very
hard to dilute that with strong thirst.
And that's, of course, accompanied by
increased urination."
Other warning signs include blurry
vision, slow-healing cuts or bruises,
and tingling, pain or numbness in the
hands or feet.

Making a Change

Anderson watched his dad ignore his
diabetes by refusing to make lifestyle
changes and ultimately succumb to the
disease. Anderson knew he didn't want
that for his own family. Still, improvement came slowly.
"I didn't make a drastic, immediate lifestyle change, but I did make a
lifestyle change," he says. "I adhered

to what my doctor told me to do.
I cut some things out. I went to
a nutritionist."
Then suddenly it hit him.
"In 2008, I decided that I needed to
make a drastic lifestyle change to see
how that would help with the disease.
I became vegan, and I got in the gym,"
he says. "I was living in New York and
on Law & Order at the time, so I got a
bike and I would ride around the city."
Going vegan wasn't in the cards
for Anderson long term. Instead, he
stuck to an important piece of advice
he got from trainer Bob Harper of The
Biggest Loser.
"He told me to just eat half of what
you normally eat, and the weight will
just fall off you," Anderson says. "I was
eating 3,600 calories a day to maintain
the weight I was at. So if I cut everything I'm eating in half, then that 3,600
calories now becomes 1,800 calories.
It's basic math." (Of course, such a drastic change in diet needs to be cleared
with a physician and might not be right
for everybody.)

PHOTO BY GETTY / SCOTT EVERETT WHITE

Even though he had an inkling it
was coming, Anderson missed his
earliest symptom.
"I was feeling a little lethargic and
tired throughout my day," Anderson
says. "I thought it was because I was
burning the candle at both ends. I
was out promoting a film I did called
Kangaroo Jack, and I did 16 cities in
14 days. When I finally came home,
I just noticed that I didn't have the
energy I would normally have-midday
naps when I wouldn't normally take a
midday nap. And, you know, just feeling
a little lazy."
Then came unquenchable thirst
and frequent urination, which is what
ultimately sent him to a physician.
"One night, in a matter of 2¹ ₂ hours,
I drank 5 gallons of water, and I was
constantly going to the restroom,"
Anderson says. "I was like, 'This isn't
good,' so I went to the doctor the next
morning. And lo and behold, my blood
sugar was ... something crazy."
Anderson's experience is typical
of people with diabetes, says Matt

Anthony Anderson on the
set of Black·ish with costar
Laurence Fishburne.



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