Aside from displaying the drama that its viewership seems to want to see, Mona Scott Young’s Love and Hip Hop franchise has done a good job as of late of going behind manufactured mess to deal with serious health issues. That includes Kalenna Harper’s post-partum depression, Remy Ma’s miscarriage, Teairra Mari’s issues with alcoholism, Ray J and Princess Love’s fertility matters and now, Rich Dollaz’s type 2 diabetes diagnosis.
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In the Season 8 premiere of Love and Hip Hop New York, Richard “Rich Dollaz” Trowers shares the news of having diabetes, which is something pretty prevalent in his family, and his worries about it. It all started when he realized his body was acting up.
“Last October I started realizing I had symptoms,” he said in a scene where we see his prescription pills and Trowers checking his blood sugar levels. “I was really, really thirsty all of the time. I was tired. That’s when they told me, you know, you have type 2 diabetes. Grandmother died from it. My uncle died from it. I know people that have lost limbs. That’s scary, man. That’s scary, especially for someone that’s just 41 years old. I’m not an old dude.”
He’s right, he’s not old. However, it’s been found that middle-aged individuals and those older are at the highest risk for type 2 diabetes. According to the CDC, in 2012 they found that starting at age 45 and up to 64, people of that age group were most often diagnosed. It was a wake-up call for Trowers, who has since chosen to slow down on the “creep life” and get back to management and working with talented artists. For the record, he has a history of working with Bad Boy Records artists like Danity Kane, Yung Joc and Cassie after originally interning for Diddy’s label years ago.
“Knowing that I could die at any minute has made me take stock in my life. Now it’s time for me to stop creeping and get back to my first love, and that’s the music.”