We hear it all the time – celebrities are just like us. They shop at Target, they take their kids to the beach, and they can be diagnosed with diabetes. Below we will discuss five well-known celebrities who are battling with diabetes everyday.
Jay Cutler: The football star was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes back in 2008 after losing 35 pounds and all of his energy. Determined not to let his disease interrupt his game, Cutler now wears an insulin pump and keeps track of his blood sugar. Type 1 diabetes, often referred to as “juvenile diabetes” is a genetic condition in which the immune system attacks the cells that make insulin, the blood-sugar controlling hormone we all need.
Tom Hanks: The Castaway star and Oscar-winning actor announced his diagnosis of type 2 diabetes in October 2013 when David Letterman commented on his slimmer figure. Hanks referred to himself as “a total idiot” citing that he ignored doctors’ advice in making lifestyle changes that could have prevented his condition. Hanks dealt with high blood sugar for many years before it eventually escalated. He is now at a lower, healthier weight and continuing his journey back to health.
Nick Jonas: The former Jonas Brothers singer first went public with his type 1 diabetes in 2007. His warning symptoms included weight loss and constant thirst. At the time of his diagnosis, Jonas’ blood sugar was over 700, which is 6-10X the normal levels. After being hospitalized he learned how to better manage his condition.
Patti LaBelle: This self-proclaimed “divabetic” – a combination of diva and diabetic – was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes after passing out on stage. LaBelle said she “had no idea” she was diabetic, but she does have a family history of the disease. She has since adopted a new, more active lifestyle including eating well and exercising regularly. She has even written healthy cookbooks to help others make the change.
Salma Hayek: The award-winning actress, who has a family history of diabetes, had gestational diabetes while pregnant with her daughter, Valentina. Gestational diabetes occurs during pregnancy and usually goes away after delivery, but there is possibility of it returning with a later pregnancy. Experts recommend all women get checked for gestational diabetes when they are 24-28 weeks pregnant, particularly those with a family history of diabetes, pre-diabetes, or high blood sugar. Those at risk for type 2 diabetes are typically checked at their first prenatal visit.
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