“It just caught me out there, but God will hit you with whatever and I had to respect that,” admits Ghostface discussing how he came to grips with being diagnosed with Adult Onset or Type 2 diabetes. “It took me a while to understand why me but now I don’t even get mad no more cuz I would have been out there on some big shit knocking these bullshit rappers out, going back and forth to jail and probably fucking everything in sight. Instead he slowed me down like here hold that.”
In ’96 Ghost, one of the original Wu Tang clansmen, was set to release his debut “Ironman” when he started noticing symptoms. “I was pissing all day, losing weight, dry mouthed and dizzy with blurred vision,” Ghost remembers. “I didn’t know what that shit was. The doctors in Staten Island didn’t detect it, so I went to Long Island and they came up with the diabetic shit. My sugar was mad high, like 500 and change, but it was a little relief to know what it was.”
Like many Americans who are diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, Ghost’s affliction was attributed to a poor diet and lack of exercise. His doctor prescribed insulin along with a healthier regiment. That meant putting down the blunts and chilling on the alcohol and sweets.
“When I cut them blunts out my legs came back,” explained Ghost. “I don’t drink that much and I try to avoid chocolate. It’s about discipline. You can quit the cigarettes and all that other shit but as a diabetic you fiend for sweets. When you sitting at the crib staring at them Oreos, you gonna fuck around and go in. You want those Fruity Pebbles and all that shit. I had to learn how to just chill, exercise, drink protein shakes and monitor my sugar. Checking my sugar was something I wasn’t doing for a long time, especially cuz of my schedule and because it hurts like a motherfucker when you constantly poking your finger. I used to just go by my body to determine when I needed to take my insulin but I really need to start regularly monitoring my shit. You can live a long time with diabetes but it’s all about the diet and taking care of yourself. Take your medicine and eat right but exercise is #1.” And that’s word from Tony Starks.