For U.S. Olympic Gymnast Laurie Hernandez, Having a Parent With Type 2 Diabetes Gives Inner Strength a New Meaning


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Inner strength has a different meaning for Laurie Hernandez, who from a young age has watched her father, Tony Hernandez, carefully manage his health. Tony was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, a chronic condition that affects the way the body processes blood sugar, around the time Laurie was born. Since then, he’s had to find the strength within him to make the right choices – including diet, exercise and medication – to properly manage his condition.

Laurie, who competed as part of the U.S. women’s gymnastics team at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio, has often had to channel that same strength to overcome her own health battles while training to compete on some of the world’s biggest stages, including the Olympic Games. In 2014, she sustained a potentially career-ending knee injury during practice. “I had to relearn everything to get back to where I was physically before the incident,” said Laurie. “I’m thankful my father was there to support me every step of the way, reminding me I had the strength within myself to conquer any obstacle.” Now, Laurie wants to support not only her dad but also others living with type 2 diabetes by partnering with Eli Lilly and Company’s once-weekly Trulicity® (dulaglutide[1]) injection 0.5 mL (0.75 mg, 1.5 mg, 3.0 mg, 4.5 mg). Tony Hernandez does not take Trulicity, but inspired Laurie to partner with the brand. Trulicity is a once-weekly injectable prescription medicine to improve blood sugar (glucose) in adults with type 2 diabetes. It should be used along with diet and exercise. Trulicity is not recommended as the first medication to treat diabetes. It has not been studied in people who have had inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis). Trulicity should not be used by people with type 1 diabetes, people with diabetic ketoacidosis, or people with a history of severe gastrointestinal (GI) disease. It is not a substitute for insulin. It has not been studied in children under 18 years of age.

Tell your healthcare provider if you get a lump or swelling in your neck, have hoarseness, trouble swallowing, or shortness of breath while taking Trulicity. These may be symptoms of thyroid cancer. In studies with rats or mice, Trulicity and medicines that work like Trulicity caused thyroid tumors, including thyroid cancer. It is not known if Trulicity will cause thyroid tumors or a type of thyroid cancer called medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC) in people. Do not take Trulicity if you or any of your family members have ever had MTC or if you have Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia syndrome type 2 (MEN 2).  

Tony is one of 463 million people around the world living with diabetes, and type 2 diabetes is the most common type. For those living with type 2 diabetes, once-weekly Trulicity may help achieve their blood sugar and A1C goals along with diet and exercise. Trulicity is a non-insulin treatment option with an easy-to-use pen* (*In a study, 94% of people said it was easy to use) and it can activate the body to release the insulin it’s already making. Before starting Trulicity, your healthcare provider should show you how to use the pen.

Growing up, Laurie witnessed the importance of taking an active role in her health by watching her father. “Since I was little, I’ve watched my dad take care of himself and manage his type 2 diabetes, including pricking his finger and checking his blood sugar,” Laurie said. “He has always been an example of actively taking control of your health, which has inspired me in many ways throughout my gymnastics career – whether it’s taking care of my body or finding the strength to give my best effort every day, even when I’m not feeling 100 percent.”

Though they now live on opposite sides of the country due to her training, Laurie and Tony continue to encourage each other to stay as healthy as possible, and frequently text and FaceTime to check in on progress toward their current goals.

“Whether it’s helping me make my Olympic dreams a reality or managing his diabetes and reaching his goals, my dad and I believe everyone has it within themselves to succeed,” Laurie said. “Much like my dad’s strength and support empowers me to succeed, Trulicity can help lower blood sugar in adults with type 2 diabetes.”

Purpose and safety summary with warnings

Important Facts About Trulicity® (Trῡ-li-si-tee).  It is also known as dulaglutide.

Trulicity is a prescription medicine for adults with type 2 diabetes used to improve blood sugar (glucose) and used to reduce the risk of major cardiovascular events ( problems having to do with the heart and blood vessels) such as death, heart attack, or stroke in people who have heart disease or multiple cardiovascular risk factors.


Trulicity may cause tumors in the thyroid, including thyroid cancer. Watch for possible symptoms, such as a lump or swelling in the neck, trouble swallowing, hoarseness, or shortness of breath. If you have a symptom, tell your doctor.

 Ask your doctor how to recognize the serious side effects below and what to do if you think you have one:

Inflamed pancreas (pancreatitis). Stop using Trulicity and call your healthcare provider right away if you have severe pain in your stomach area (abdomen), with or without vomiting, that will not go away. You may feel the pain from your abdomen to your back.

Changes in vision. Tell your healthcare provider if you have changes in your eyesight (vision) during treatment with Trulicity.

Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). Signs and symptoms of low blood sugar may include dizziness or light-headedness, confusion or drowsiness, headache, blurred vision, slurred speech, fast heartbeat, sweating, hunger, shakiness, feeling jittery, weakness, anxiety, irritability, or mood changes.

Serious allergic reactions. Stop using Trulicity and get medical help right away if you have any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction which may include:  swelling of your face, lips, tongue or throat, problems breathing or swallowing, severe rash or itching, fainting or feeling dizzy, or very rapid heartbeat.

Acute kidney injury. In people who have kidney problems, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting may cause a loss of fluids (dehydration). This may cause kidney problems to get worse.

Severe stomach problems. Trulicity may cause stomach problems, which could be severe.

Common side effects

The most common side effects of Trulicity include nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain and decreased appetite, indigestion, and fatigue.

These are not all the possible side effects of Trulicity.

Tell your doctor if you have any side effects. You can report side effects at 1-800-FDA-1088 or[2].

Before using it

 Review these questions with your doctor:

❑ Do you have other medical conditions, including problems with your pancreas, kidneys, liver, or stomach, or have a history of diabetic retinopathy (vision problems related to diabetes)?

❑ Do you take other diabetes medicines, such as insulin or sulfonylureas?

❑ Do you take any other prescription medicines or over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, or herbs?

Review the list below with your doctor. Trulicity may not be right for you if:

❑  You are pregnant or plan to become pregnant or breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed.

❑ You have type 1 diabetes.

❑ You have or have had an inflamed pancreas (pancreatitis).

❑  You have severe intestinal or stomach problems, such as slowed emptying or problems with digesting food.

❑ You are a child under 18 years old.

How to take it

Learn more

For more information, call 1-844-TRU-INFO (1-844-878-4636) or go to[3].

This summary provides basic information about Trulicity but does not include all information known about this medicine. Read the information that comes with your prescription each time your prescription is filled. This information does not take the place of talking with your doctor. Be sure to talk to your doctor or other healthcare provider about Trulicity and how to take it. Your doctor is the best person to help you decide if Trulicity is right for you.

Trulicity® and its delivery device base are registered trademarks owned or licensed by Eli Lilly and Company, its subsidiaries, or affiliates.


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