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Record producer and musician Randy Jackson is notable mostly as a judge on the talent-search TV show American Idol
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In his personal life, Jackson found out that he had type 2 diabetes in 1999. He changed his diet and exercise routine to combat the illness, and he also underwent gastric-bypass surgery in 2003. These efforts led to a more than 100-pound weight loss. In 2008, he offered readers advice on how to improve their health with Body with Soul: Slash Sugar, Cut Cholesterol, and Get a Jump on Your Best Health Ever. He wrote the book,
he said, "to share my story, what I went though, and to talk to people about how to prevent diabetes," according to Diabetes Forecast.
A supporter of many charitable organizations, Jackson has served as the spokesperson for the American Heart Association's "Heart of Diabetes" campaign. He also established the Randy Jackson Childhood Obesity Foundation.
Jackson lives in Los Angeles, California, with his wife, Erika. The couple has been married since 1995, and they have two children together, daughter Zoe and son Jordan. He also has a daughter, Taylor, from his first marriage.
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