Just recently, we did a post on Nick Jonas and fellow diabetes sufferers Mary Tyler Moore and Sugar Ray Leonard, who attended a Senate hearing on diabetes funding. Here are other celebrities who also have to cope with diabetes – proof that diabetes, as in other illnesses, can strike anyone.
Halle Berry. The beautiful Oscar winner is suffering from Type 2 diabetes. There reportedly was gossip that she had “weaned” herself from insulin and became a Type 1 diabetic instead. That is not possible, folks!
Randy Jackson. American Idol judge Randy was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 2001. At that time, he was obese, which increased the risk for diabetes. That, coupled with the fact that African Americans have been observed to be at a higher risk for developing diabetes, made Randy Jackson a likely candidate for the disease. Since then, Randy has undergone gastric bypass surgery and lost a hundred pounds. He also watches what he eats and keeps exercise a regular part of his routine.
Salma Hayek. Salma Hayek comes from a family with a history of diabetes, and she was diagnosed with gestational diabetes while pregnant with her daughter Valentina. Gestational diabetes, as indicated by its name, occurs during pregnancy and goes away after the baby’s birth. However, mothers who have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes are at high risk for developing Type 2 diabetes later on.
Larry King. The CNN Talk show host is suffering from Type 2 diabetes, although he has said on his show Larry King Live that the disease is “definitely controllable”. One of the consequences of having diabetes is an increased risk for developing other serious diseases, such as heart disease and stroke. In 1987, Larry King underwent a quintuple heart bypass surgery, which may have been necessary due to the fact that King had been a heavy smoker in addition to being diabetic. So far, dealing with diabetes allows King to take better care of his body; he has since quit smoking.