There are two things athletes absolutely count on, their teammates and their health. And Mike Golic is no exception. The longtime defensive lineman was able to stay healthy while playing professional football, but that changed once he hung up his cleats.
At 42 years old, Golic was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and that’s when he learned the importance of teamwork off the field. Golic’s father was also diagnosed in his early forties, but instead of following in his father’s footsteps of keeping his diagnosis to himself, Mike knew he needed to talk about his disease and get a team involved to help him.
Diabetes is a growing epidemic in the United States, affecting nearly 30 million people. Type 2 diabetes, the most common form of diabetes, causes blood glucose (sugar) levels to rise higher than normal.
Golic knew his best chance of successfully managing and living well with the disease would be to rally a support team of family, friends, doctors and coworkers. His wife, Christine, became his team captain and each day, she pushes him to stick to his game plan.
Now, the power duo is on a mission to encourage others to talk to their doctor and develop a game plan that works for them!