In 1997, the “Leave It To Beaver” star owned a successful catering business, but all that took a turn after a visit to the doctors. Jerry Mathers lost 55 pounds after his doctors diagnosed him with Type 2 diabetes.
The actor revealed to Fox News that after being diagnosed, the doctors informed him that if he didn’t change or take care of his Type 2 diabetes, he would only have 3-5 years to live.
Mathers, 69, admitted that he thought he was fine while running the catering business. The business would cater movie and TV crews and while he assisted in the catering, he admitted he would indulge in five to six full meals.
“I was around food all the time and I was a very good cook. I was making a lot of money, everything was going great, and everyone around me was at least as fat as I was,” he said.
Mathers was also diagnosed with a high blood pressure and bad cholesterol. So, as a result of his new diagnosis, the actor overhauled his lifestyle. He sold his catering company and he began working out and, as a result, he lost 55 pounds.
“I’ve been controlling my weight with diet and exercise ever since. I walk every day about 6-8 miles. And I am now pre-diabetic because of that… dying from diabetes is a terrible way to go. It’s a really horrible death. It basically burns different parts of your body,” he said.
While it has been a struggle, he hopes his story helps his fans. “It’s a daily struggle. I’m not cured. This is something I have to deal with all the time. And I’m hoping that by going out to educate people on diabetes, I can save my fans,” Mathers said.