10 Famous People With Diabetes
1. Tom Hanks
In 2013, Tom Hanks announced that he has type 2 diabetes on The Late Show with David Letterman. The 57-year-old actor has lost and gained weight for several roles, and weight gain is a factor that could lead to a diabetes diagnosis. The actor had to gain 30 pounds to play Jimmy Dugan in 1992’s “A League of Their Own,” and lost about 50 pounds for his role in 2000’s “Cast Away.”
2. Halle Berry
While on the set of short-lived television show “Living Dolls” in 1989, actress Halle Berry collapsed into a week-long diabetic coma. Unfortunately, this isn’t uncommon. It’s estimated that seven million Americans are currently undiagnosed. Today Berry is healthy and is thankful she can manage her diabetes. The first thing Berry did was switch to a diet low in fat, sugar and processed carbohydrates.
3. Jay Cutler
This NFL quarterback has type 1 diabetes, and he says that taking care of his diabetes is like a -time job. He takes insulin every day, eats right and has become a role model to kids with type 1 diabetes. Type 1 diabetics are diagnosed at a young age, as their bodies need insulin injections to function properly.
4. Salma Hayek
Mexican-born actress Salma Hayek was diagnosed with gestational diabetes while pregnant with her daughter, Valentina. Gestational diabetes occurs in two to 10 percent of pregnant women, it usually goes away after pregnancy. It can occur halfway throughout a pregnancy as a result of excessive hormone production in the body and a build up of insulin resistance.
5. Randy Jackson
In 2002 at 300 pounds, music producer and American Idol judge Randy Jackson was diagnosed with diabetes. Jackson lost 100 pounds after gastric bypass surgery and maintains his weight loss and manages his diabetes with healthy eating and regular exercise. Being overweight is one of the top risks that can contribute to the development of diabetes.
6. Billie Jean King
Former professional tennis champion Billie Jean King was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes at age 63. She stated that she used to be a binge eater and that diabetes runs in her family. Now she tests her blood sugar twice a day, takes medication and exercises often to keep her diabetes under control.
7. Chaka Khan
After being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2011, singer Chaka Khan lost 60 pounds on a vegan diet. She credited a plant-based eating plan with helping her to get off diabetes medication. Sixty-year-old Khan had type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure, so she decided to radically change her lifestyle so that she would around to take care of her granddaughter.
8. Paul Sorvino
Italian actor Paul Sorvino was shocked by his type 2 diabetes diagnosis. He was diagnosed after feeling tired and thirsty for an extended period of time. Sorvino now uses a slow-release insulin pen and medication to keep his blood sugar on an even keel, while still watching what he eats.
9. Larry King
Talk show host Larry King was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 1995. He says he tries to keep his regular exercise fun so that he continues to do it. His favorite way to stay active? Dance! He also eats healthy and tries to eat what he loves, as this makes eating healthy a lot easier for him. Some of his favorite foods include blueberries, which are easy to incorporate into pretty much any meal of the day.
10. Drew Carey
Drew Carey was able to stop taking his diabetes medication after an 80-pound weight loss. The host of The Price Is Right stays in shape by cutting out carbohydrates most of the time, eating eggs and Greek yogurt and keeping up with his daily exercise routine.