How ESPN's radio host Mike Golic controls his type 2 diabetes

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I lost 15 pounds in 5 weeks, and had been unable to get the weight off with any other diet and exercise prior to that. His weight is lbs. His nephews are Mike Golic Jr. We'll see where it goes. Listen, I can't sit here and say I have the perfect eating habits. It can be heady. The elder Golic had a 7-year professional playing career in the Canadian Football League from —

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I lost 15 pounds in 5 weeks, and had been unable to get the weight off with any other diet and exercise prior to that. So far so good. Golic will move on. He was my first partner at ESPN. Then he left, and I had Greeny for the next 18 years. People have gone on to other networks. People have gone on to switch shows. And shows still keep going.

If I do it with another partner, I look forward to it. I love doing the show. I enjoyed doing it with Tony Bruno for a year. I certainly enjoyed the 18 years with Greeny. We did a bowl game last year together. He speaks better way bettter than I do. It would be great. We'll see where it goes. For nine years he played defensive tackle for the Houston Oilers, Philadelphia Eagles, and Miami Dolphins—and that required a mastery of his own physique.

So he fine-tuned it like a machine, trained hard, and pushed himself on the field. Then, when he was 42 years old, things changed. A routine blood test led to a type 2 diabetes diagnosis—and a body that suddenly felt out of whack. Instead of floundering, Golic learned as much about his diabetes as he could. Now 48, he has a handle on his diabetes and wants to make sure other people with the disease do, too. Diabetes Forecast chatted with Golic about his family history of diabetes, how he overhauled his lifestyle, and the low blood glucose episode that changed his perspective on diabetes.

In my post-football career in the media, I started having yearly checkups. About half a decade ago, I'm at the doctor getting the blood work done and he says, "You know, you have type 2 diabetes. When I was diagnosed, I was a little surprised because while I was heavy and overweight for what I should have been, I wasn't pounds.

I had the misconception, like maybe some other people do, to think that it's only for people who are some pounds, unbelievably obese, [who] get this. All of a sudden, when you're diagnosed with it, you really start to find out, get yourself educated on it. My dad came from an era where there weren't a lot [of medical problems] talked about. It's certainly different now, because with my kids we talk about everything. But that was the way it kind of was back then. We knew he had it, but he had his routine.

He checked his blood, he did his insulin. He did what he had to do and he did it all by himself. It wasn't really broadcast in the family, but we knew it was always there. My way was to be very open about it.

I have two boys that are large football players as well, so it's about the education process at this point. They know exactly what [medications] I'm taking. They know what the deal is. They understand it, as much as a and a year-old are going to. But they know what Dad has and they know Dad's dealing with it. And they know their grandpa had it.

They know it may be in their future as well. Since this is the age of instant access and instant information, they know how to get knowledgeable about something as well. I'm happy I have a forum for four hours every day, which is a sports show, obviously. But our lives come into play on this sports show as well.

I get to talk about my life, and this is part of it. It was just like when I was playing [football]. You had to be disciplined to play at the highest level, which was the NFL, which I was fortunate enough to be in. That's the first thing I told my doctor when I was diagnosed with this. I said, "Tell me what I need to do. Tell me what I need to do to manage this. Tell me what I need to do to [get] where I can cut back on my medication.

Tell me what I need to do to be successful. Now, that doesn't mean that every single visit I have to my doctor is perfect.

Sometimes the numbers are a little worse. The last time I went the numbers were fantastic. So it is about changing up. And it was what I ate, when I ate it. And it was [exercising]. I'm a man, so when I finished playing I was probably between and pounds. I basically said, "When I'm done playing, I'm done working out," because I was so tired of working out. So I really stopped any physical activity.

I ate very poorly. And I ballooned up a lot. Quite honestly, I ate a lot of what I was eating when I was playing. Not so much what I was eating, but how much.