Plenty of celebrities face the challenges of dealing with diabetes while still reaching success in the limelight. It’s encouraging to see people who’ve managed diabetes and a demanding career and found success.
Below is a list of the some big names from various backgrounds in the entertainment industry. Let them inspire you to not let your diabetes limit your dreams!
During her pregnancy with daughter Valentina, movie star Salma Hayek discovered she had gestational diabetes. Up to 10 percent of women experience gestational diabetes, which doctors detect between 24 and 28 weeks into the pregnancy, says Women’s Health, and it puts them at higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes as they age.
In 1995, former talk show host Larry King faced a type 2 diabetes diagnosis after years of battling heart disease. Diet, exercise and medication are part of his regimen for staying healthy.
In 2010, comedian Drew Carey lost 80 pounds after he found out he had type 2 diabetes. After changing his diet and exercise routine, Carey claims he no longer has diabetic issues, nor does he need to take any more diabetes medication.
In 2007, actress and former co-host for The View, Sherri Shepherd received a type 2 diabetes diagnosis, but did nothing to change her lifestyle. It wasn’t until two years later that she consulted a nutritionist and personal trainer to help her lose weight when she realized she never wanted her son Jeffrey to grow up without a mother.
Former beauty queen, singer and actress Vanessa Williams has type 1 diabetes. Williams is an avid exerciser and the author of a children’s book meant to educate kids about staying healthy even with a diabetes diagnosis.
In 1996, comedian Tracy Morgan found out he had type 2 diabetes, but only began to actively fight the disease in 2007 when a doctor told him he could lose his foot. He began to take insulin regularly and watch his diet, although he received a kidney transplant in 2010 likely due to complication from diabetes.
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor received her type 1 diagnosis at 8-years-old. Many debated whether the disease was detrimental to her ability to serve as a justice, but she fought back and won the nomination saying she knew how valuable her health was.
Famous author Anne Rice slipped into a diabetic coma in 1998 before she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. She lost 103 pounds with gastric bypass and exercise, and monitors her blood glucose levels four times a day, giving herself shots when needed.
American Idol alum Elliot Yamin discovered he had Type 1 diabetes at age 16 when his mother, who has type 2 diabetes, recognized his high blood sugar symptoms. He refused to actively fight the disease at first, but now manages his disease and speaks openly as an advocated for finding a cure.
Musician and reality star Bret Michaels was 6-years-old when he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. These days he checks his blood glucose levels eight times a day and takes regular insulin shots, and he even donated his The Celebrity Apprentice winnings to the American Diabetes Association.
In 1992, singer Patti LaBelle passed out on stage and awoke to a type 2 diabetes diagnosis. After watching family members struggle with the disease, LaBelle decided to change her entire life by incorporating regular exercise and a healthier diet to manage it.
We are grateful to anyone that spreads awareness and understanding about diabetes. Despite daily challenges, people with diabetes can live just as fully, and just as successfully, as anyone else.
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