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Diabetes and Duck Dynasty

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By now, most of us are familiar with the rowdy, family-oriented and simply entertaining Robertson family featured in A&E’s reality television show, Duck Dynasty. 

The show provides glimpses into a successful and close-knit family business built on long beards and famous duck calls and is downright fun to watch. Episodes are filled with the exciting adventures of a family-run small business that has become a nationally established brand.

One of the arguably most famous stars of the show is the memorable Uncle Si. The Vietnam vet, sweet tea chuggin’, legendary Uncle Si is known for his crazy stories – once, he had a heart attack during a duck hunt and didn’t even realize it! He’s shocked a kindergarten class by sharing Vietnam battle stories during “show and tell” and been nearly arrested for gigging frogs on a local West Monroe, Louisiana golf course.

In a recent episode, the Robertson men take a family field trip to a local donut shot for some fun only for it to later turn into a competitive eating contest.

True to his legendary status, Uncle Si downs 32 donuts and wins, but with such a thin frame, many wonder how it’s even possible to eat that much. Is there more to Uncle Si’s eating habits, low weight and teased “bathroom breaks” indicate he might have diabetes? Dr. Jane Sadler, M.D., on the medical staff at Baylor Medical Center at Garland gives her take on diabetes and Duck Dynasty.

Information in this blog post originally appeared on The Dallas Morning News Health blog on January 29, 2013.

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Garyn Goldston
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Garyn is a proud TCU Horned Frog and a rowdy Dallas-Fort Worth sports fan. He is a former physician liaison for Baylor Jack and Jane Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital.

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Diabetes and Duck Dynasty