Ray Romano realizes how quickly “time flies” and said his health isn’t what it used to be.
During Monday’s episode of the WTF with Marc Maron podcastthe Everyone loves Raymond star revealed he recently had a stent put in his heart, as he had “90 percent blockage” in his “main artery.”
The actor added: “I was kind of lucky that we found it.”
Romano, who has had a decades-long career in Hollywood, explained that it’s hard to get older mentally and physically. “Saying 50 was weird, but saying 60 — it sounds strange, it sounds fake, you know?” he explained. “I know in my head that I don’t feel that old. In my body I get a few notifications that I’m that old.
Looking back, the Somewhere in Queens actor said he wishes he had done a few things differently in regards to his health years ago. “I had high cholesterol 20 years ago and my (doctor) always said to me, ‘Why don’t we start on the statins (a drug that can help lower cholesterol)?'” he recalled. “And every time I said, ‘Let me do it myself. Let me do it myself.’ And I would go home, and I would eat well. Not vegan, but a little healthier, and down a few taps.
But he admitted that he was never consistent and that it was a “cycle” of his cholesterol that eventually went up every time. Now he’s learned and in the midst of his recent artery blockage, he’s found a balance that works best for him and his health.
“Sure, then I’m on the meds and my cholesterol went down right away,” Romano said. “If I could go back 20 years ago, I would have gone on medication.”
Host Maron and Romano both explained that their cholesterol wasn’t the only thing to worry about. They both revealed that they are pre-diabetic.
“I just wanted to tell you,” The Irishman actor added. “Here’s the kicker. So I’m on meds, and I’m totally down right now, so I thought, ‘Oh, now I can enjoy myself and eat something.’ My sugar level is now up to par.”