‘Law and Order’ Actress S. Epatha Merkerson Uses Her Fame To Address Diabetes

S. Epatha Merkerson attends the 33rd Annual Paleyfest: "An Evening With Dick Wolf" held at the Dolby Theatre on Saturday, March 19, 2016, in Los Angeles.
S. Epatha Merkerson attends the 33rd Annual Paleyfest: "An Evening With Dick Wolf" held at the Dolby Theatre on Saturday, March 19, 2016, in Los Angeles. Richard Shotwell / Invision/AP
S. Epatha Merkerson attends the 33rd Annual Paleyfest: "An Evening With Dick Wolf" held at the Dolby Theatre on Saturday, March 19, 2016, in Los Angeles.
S. Epatha Merkerson attends the 33rd Annual Paleyfest: "An Evening With Dick Wolf" held at the Dolby Theatre on Saturday, March 19, 2016, in Los Angeles. Richard Shotwell / Invision/AP

‘Law and Order’ Actress S. Epatha Merkerson Uses Her Fame To Address Diabetes

Law and Order fans know S. Epatha Merkerson as Lieutenant Van Buren, the no-nonsense boss who always asks her detectives questions that open up the case. She’s sticking with the Dick Wolf franchise and now stars in Chicago Med. But it’s her struggle with diabetes — and bringing awareness to the disease — that drives her when she’s offscreen. We talk with the actress about her career and what she’s doing to help people manage their diabetes.