*Actress Mara Hall (Ambitions, Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, Saints & Sinners) is looking to raise awareness about living with Type 2 Diabetes in time for World Diabetes Day and National Diabetes Awareness Month.
Diagnosed with the disease almost 20 years ago, the Detroit native initially didn’t take the news seriously. Known as “the silent killer” because it often can wreak havoc on the body without symptoms, Type 2 Diabetes affects nearly 25 million Americans. It wasn’t until the tragic death of her brother from a condition known as Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA) that Mara began to become more disciplined to control her condition.
“He went into a coma because he had diabetes and didn’t know it”, she says. “That’s when it really got real for me.”
After losing more than 100 pounds and competing on the Oxygen Network dance competition show Dance Your Ass Off, Mara committed to a healthier lifestyle and later became the diabetes spokesperson for Nutrisystem. Though she admits it still remains a “constant struggle” to remain diligent at all times, she is determined to stay on top of things.
With a beautiful new daughter and juicy new series regular role as Darcia Lancaster on the Oprah Winfrey Network’s spicy nighttime drama, “Ambitions”, Mara has a lot to live for these days and is more motivated than ever to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle while continuing to spread awareness about Type 2 Diabetes.
Created by Jamey Giddens and produced by Will Packer, “Ambitions” is a multi-generational family saga that explores love, power and politics in Atlanta. It centers around lawyer Stephanie Carlisle, the wife of Atlanta Mayor Evan Lancaster, and her rivalry with Amara Hughes, a prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office who has just arrived in Atlanta with her husband, Titus. Stephanie and Amara used to be best friends who find themselves combatants in both their personal and professional lives. Stephanie’s ambitious husband, Evan Lancaster, dreams of being Georgia’s first African-American governor and will do anything to get there. Amara’s husband, Titus, is the in-house counsel for a big pharmaceutical company fighting a class-action suit brought by Stephanie’s powerful family. The series returns November 12 at 10/9c on OWN.
For more about Mara Hall, visit http://www.marahall.com