Legendary actor James Earl Jones is speaking out publicly for the first time about his decades-long battle with type 2 diabetes.

Jones, who’s known around the world for his unmistakable voice and iconic stage and screen roles, was diagnosed with diabetes at the height of his career in the mid-90’s.

Now, the 85-year-old acclaimed actor says he simply wants to raise awareness about a disease that over 1.4 million people are diagnosed with each year.

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“It is the most challenging job that I’ve ever had for a while… living well with type 2 diabetes,” Jones said in an exclusive interview with theGrio.com. “If I can get control if it, that means I can continue working, for instance. I love working.”

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Jones is teaming up Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. to inspire millions of Americans and their loved ones affected by type 2 diabetes.

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After working closely with his doctors, James Earl Jones discovered a treatment plan which helped lower his blood sugar and is motivating him to make healthier choices.

Visit ICanImagine.com to hear more about Jones’ journey with diabetes and to donate to the American Diabetes Association.