10 Celebrities Who Are Living with Diabetes

10 Celebrities Who Are Living with Diabetes

10 Celebrities Who Are Living with Diabetes

Yuko Miyamoto
Founder of Teatis Tea

Currently, more than 34 million Americans have diabetes. Another 88 million adults have prediabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. It includes some of your favorite actors, singers, athletes, and public figures.  

By being open about their health struggles, celebrities have played a part in raising awareness of many chronic conditions.

A chronic illness such as diabetes is a long-term medical condition that requires treatment and management over a long period of time, usually years. Through the experience of these health issues, many of these celebrities are using their platforms to raise money and awareness for their illnesses.

Nick Jonas: T1D

Jonas brother was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was 13 years old which he described as "one of the most frightening moments of my life”. He has been a leading voice in raising awareness for Type 1 diabetes with the charity organization Beyond Type 1.

Type 1 only accounts for around 10 percent of all people who have diabetes. It is an autoimmune disorder, which is not caused by lifestyle factors, where blood glucose levels are too high because the body cannot produce the hormone, insulin.

Jonas wears an insulin pump to treat his condition and last year set up a diabetes charity.

Tom Hanks: T2D

The famous actor has said his poor diet and lifestyle choices in his youth may have contributed to his 2013 diabetes diagnosis.

Hanks went public with his diagnosis in a tweet on March 11, telling the world that he and his wife, the actor and singer Rita Wilson, had both tested positive for the coronavirus. He shared his experience and the world got to learn a little bit more about the virus when the growing health threat was first making headlines. 

Halle Berry: T2D

Berry was diagnosed with diabetes T1D when she was 19 years old, but after several years later, she was diagnosed as T2D. The first diagnosis was incorrect.  

What we learn from this case is the fact that it can sometimes be very difficult to determine type 1 or type 2 diabetes in children and adolescents. 

And has since cut out most processed sugars and bread from her diet. She initially said the diagnosis left her petrified, thinking she was "going to die," but now she says, "Diabetes turned out to be a gift." She told the Daily Mail: "It gave me strength and toughness because I had to face reality, no matter how uncomfortable or painful it was." 

Salma Hayek: Gestational diabetes 

Hayek developed gestational diabetes while she was pregnant with her daughter, Valentina. While it's treatable, women who have it run a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life, according to Mayo Clinic.

Sharon Stone: T1D

People often ask the 61-year-old actress with type 1 diabetes her secret to staying in shape. 

Her reply: "My secret is no secret," she told E! News, "I just do all the things you're supposed to do. I eat right, I sleep, I work out, I'm happy. I choose the good things."

Anthony Anderson: T2D

The Black-ish star had to make some important lifestyle changes to keep his blood sugar under control since being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2001.

Vanessa Williams: T1D

The chanteuse is a type 1 diabetic who supports multiple charities for diabetes research. 

"I am happy for my journey," she told Essence. "I am right where I am supposed to be, and I'm looking forward to where I'm going in the future."

George Lucas: T2D

The Star Wars creator found out he had type 2 diabetes when he was getting a checkup during his draft for the Vietnam War. According to Diabetes U.K., Lucas inherited the disease from his paternal grandfather.

Jay Cutler: T1D

The former NFL quarterback was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2008 but that didn't stop him from achieving his game-day goals. 

"When I first got it, I was 24, I just kind of ate whatever I wanted, did whatever I wanted, lived however I wanted," he told ESPN. "As I get older and maybe a little bit wiser you realize how much stuff affects your body and what it can do."

Bret Michaels: T1D

Not only does the rock singer have type 1 diabetes, but he has also been affected by brain hemorrhages that doctors believe are a result of his diabetes.

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