MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - A former NBA star was in Macon on Monday night to talk about his fight with diabetes.
Nine-time NBA all-star Dominique Wilkins spoke to a large crowd at Northeast High School about his battle with the disease in an event called 'Slam Dunking Diabetes'.
The event was put on by the Middle Georgia Medical Society and Novo Nordisk.
Following his story, Wilkins and a panel of doctors answered questions from the audience about the disease.
He says it's important for parents to make sure their kids stay active at an early age to prevent any risk of developing diabetes.
"They got to get them physically active," says Wilkins. "They've got to make sure they eat right, and they have to cheat a little because they're kids, but they've got to start getting home-cooked meals, getting more physical activity outside. Get them off them video games and (being) in front of the TV 24/7. That's the start of some of the things they need to do."
Wilkins didn't know he had diabetes until he was 40 years old, but he lost both his father and grandfather to the disease.
If diabetes runs in your family or you think you might have it, doctors say you should get tested as soon as possible.