Rhymefest Diagnosed With Type 2 Diabetes

Fest has a “new lease on life” after the health scare.

Posted: 06/06/2011 07:19 PM EDT
Filed Under Rhymefest

Rhymefest, the Grammy-winning emcee and songwriter who recently ran for public office in his native Chicago has been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. After being admitted to the ER with an abnormally high blood sugar level, the rapper discussed the diagnosis on his official Twitter page. Fest said doctors told him that he has been living with the disease for years without knowing it.

"Now that my sugar is down I feel much better. I was operating on overdrive for years and had no idea," he recently tweeted after being released from the hospital.

Fest was admitted on June 2 and was released over the weekend. He thanked supporters for their prayers and well wishes and announced that he has a "new lease on life."

"Got a new diet, work out plan and lease on life. Gotta get off this insulin," he tweeted. "Thanks to my close homies and family for helping me organize my new life style. No more pepsi hotchips and laffy taffys."

Rhymefest isn't the only well-known rapper living with diabetes. Phife Dawg of the seminal rap group A Tribe Called Quest had a kidney transplant in 2008 to help his long battle with the disease.

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