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(BPT) - Two-time Super Bowl Champion, Kendall Simmons, is one of almost 26 million people in the United States living with diabetes.[1] Diagnosed after his NFL rookie season in 2003, Kendall was in unfamiliar territory.

“I wasn’t sure if my football career would continue,” Simmons said. “But after speaking with my doctor and my team, I was determined to get back on the field and prove that I could still play at a high level while living with diabetes.”

Simmons learned to manage his condition with the help of NovoLog® (insulin aspart [rDNA origin] injection). He went on to succeed both on and off the football field, playing for nearly 10 years with, respectively, the Pittsburgh Steelers, the New England Patriots, and the Buffalo Bills. Today, Simmons has partnered with Novo Nordisk to encourage people with type 2 diabetes to share how they manage their condition and give back to their community as part of the NovoLog® Community Star Contest.

“We know there is an army of unsung diabetes heroes out there. Whether coaching a little league team, volunteering, or fundraising for charity, whatever it is that you’re able to do to give back to your community, we want to hear from you,” Simmons said.

Diabetes patients are invited to submit their story and photo at novolog.com for the chance to be crowned a NovoLog® Community Star. 10 finalists will be selected and will receive a $5,000 donation to one of several third-party organizations, including the American Diabetes Association, Produce for Better Health Foundation, and Insulindependence.

One grand prize winner will also receive a year-long online subscription to Weight Watchers® for tips and information on living a healthy lifestyle.

Entries close June 30. Official rules for submission are available by visiting www.novolog.com.a

Indications and Usage

What is NovoLog®?

  • NovoLog® is a man-made insulin used to control high blood sugar in adults and children with diabetes mellitus.

Important Safety Information

Who should not use NovoLog® (insulin aspart [rDNA origin] injection)?

  • Do not use NovoLog® if your blood sugar is too low (hypoglycemia) or you are allergic to any of its ingredients.

What should I tell my health care provider before taking NovoLog®?

  • About all of your medical conditions, including liver, kidney, or heart problems.
  • If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or plan to do either.
  • About all prescription and nonprescription medicines you take, including supplements, as your dose may need to change.

How should I take NovoLog®?

  • Eat a meal within 5 to 10 minutes after using NovoLog®, a fast-acting insulin, to avoid low blood sugar. Do not inject NovoLog® if you do not plan to eat right after your injection or bolus pump infusion.
  • Do not mix NovoLog® with any other insulin when used in a pump or with any insulin other than NPH when used with injections by syringe.
  • Do not change your dose or type of insulin unless you are told to by your health care provider.
  • Do not share needles, insulin pens, or syringes.
  • Check your blood sugar levels as directed by your health care provider.

What should I consider while using NovoLog®?

  • Alcohol, including beer and wine, may affect your blood sugar.
  • Be careful when driving a car or operating machinery. You may have difficulty concentrating or reacting if you have low blood sugar. Talk to your health care provider if you often have low blood sugar or no warning signs of low blood sugar.

What are the possible side effects of NovoLog®?

  • Low blood sugar, including when too much is taken. Some symptoms include sweating, shakiness, confusion, and headache. Severe low blood sugar can cause unconsciousness, seizures, and death.
  • Serious allergic reactions may occur. Get medical help right away, if you develop a rash over your whole body, have trouble breathing, a fast heartbeat, or sweating.
  • Other side effects include injection site reactions (like redness, swelling, and itching), skin thickening or pits at the injection site, swelling of your hands and feet, if taken with thiazolidinediones (TZDs) possible heart failure, vision changes, low potassium in your blood, and weight gain.

Please visit www.novolog.com for Prescribing Information.

aCertain restrictions apply. See official rules for entry information.

Weight Watchers® is a registered trademark of Weight Watchers International, Inc.

[1] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 2011 National Diabetes Fact Sheet. CDC Web site. http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/pubs/pdf/ndfs_2011.pdf. Accessed April 25, 2013.

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