Larry King

Name:
Lawrence Harvey Zeiger
Date of birth:
November 19, 1933
Hometown:
Hope, Arkansas
Diabetes Type:
Type 2

Larry King is an American television and radio host most well-known for his long-running series Larry King Live, which ran between 1985 and 2010.

King has also worked as a voice artist, comedian and currently hosts Larry King Now.

During his time at CNN, Larry King Live appeared on television seven nights a week.

Health problems

King was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 1995, while in 1987, at the age of 53, he survived a heart attack and bypass surgery after previously being told seven years earlier that he had heart disease.

King immediately stopped smoking and replaced the greasy foods in his diet with fresh fruit and vegetables. He tries to exercise for half an hour a day, particularly dancing, and takes medication - Glucophage and Januvia - to control his condition.

He went on to set up the Larry King Cardiac Foundation, which provides cardiac care to patients who can’t afford heart procedures. King’s father died of a heart attack aged 47.

King, who has been married eight times, to seven women, is also involved in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and often speaks publicly about the dangers of the silent symptoms of diabetes.

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