Wed, 14 May 2014
Kendall Simmons is a former NFL player who played nearly ten years after being drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers as the 30th overall pick in 2002. Following his first season, Simmons was selected as the team’s rookie of the year.
Shortly before his second season began in 2003, Simmons was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, and was not sure if he would be able to continue his football career. With the help of team doctors and a strong support network, Simmons returned to the field that same year.
As he learned to manage his diabetes, he regained his strength and flourished on the football field. In 2005, he started all 16 regular season games and all four playoff games with the Pittsburgh Steelers, winning Super Bowl XL over the Seattle Seahawks.
Today, he has partnered with Novo Nordisk, a global health care company dedicated to diabetes care, to raise awareness of the importance of properly managing blood glucose levels, and to demonstrate that diabetes can be successfully integrated into your life and ambitions. Kendall is currently working with Novo Nordisk to recognize people with diabetes who give back to their communities.
Now retired from the NFL, Simmons is still very active in the diabetes community. He has spoken to children and adults with diabetes across the country, to let them know that the disease can be managed. Simmons hopes that his story can be an inspiration to children and others with diabetes.
Over the course of his career, Simmons spent most of his time on the Pittsburgh Steelers, playing seven NFL seasons with the team and spanning 80 regular season and seven post-season games. He also played on the New England Patriots and the Buffalo Bills.
Wed, 30 April 2014
Joining us today in studio, C. R. Kannan, M. D.
Dr. Kannan is presently Director of Endocrinology and Metabolism at Red Rock Medical Center in Las Vegas. He served as Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Nevada School of Medicine in Las Vegas from 2009 to 2013, with teaching and patient responsibilities. He was also Consultant in Endocrinology at Southwest Medical Associates in Las Vegas, from 2003 to 2010. He moved to Nevada in 2003, following many years of academic and clinical practice in Chicago.
He is the former Chairman of Endocrinology at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, and Associate Chairman of Endocrinology at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center. He was responsible for the combined Endocrinology Fellowship Program of Rush Presbyterian and Cook County Hospitals. He is a tenured Professor of Medicine at Rush University, Chicago.
During his tenure at Cook County and Rush Presbyterian, he won the Teacher of the Year Award ten (10) times.
He has single-authored four (4) medical textbooks, and has served as an editor of the Year Book of Endocrinology for 15 years. He has also co-authored several original articles in peer-reviewed journals.