Celebrities with Diabetes

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On this page: Celebrities with Type I Diabetes, Celebrities with Type II Diabetes, Celebrities with Gestational Diabetes

Diabetes is a metabolic disease which is prevalent all over the world and is increasing rapidly [1]. Diabetes is caused due increased levels of blood glucose which in turn can be caused due to a number of factors. Diabetes is of two major types – Type I Diabetes mellitus where the body cells are unable to produce that amount of insulin required to our body and Type II Diabetes in which the body cells are resistant to insulin. Type II diabetes is also popularly known as Non-Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus. There is a third type of diabetes also – Gestational diabetes – which is exclusively found in pregnant women who never had a history of diabetes before, however this is a much rarer form of diabetes in humans.

Diabetes and Hollywood

Diabetes is a disease which can affect anyone in the world whether it is poor or rich, a common sedentary man or highly professional athlete, a young or old, anyone [3] [4]. There are many celebrities who have risk of developing diabetes infect some have, but they all fight with bravery to this slow poisoning disease and has changed their lifestyles and diet to live their life actively and blissfully. The risk factors for the celebrities may vary due to difference in their race, ethnicity, weight or family history [2]. Here we are listing some of the celebrities which are struck with diabetes or diabetes mellitus.

Celebrities suffering from Type I diabetes


Jay Cutler

He is an American football player. He was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes when he was 25 years old. He started losing his weight when he started developing this disease but he faced this disease with bravery and now he uses insulin pump to monitor his blood sugar.


Bret Michaels

He is a singer for the famous band Poison. He was diagnosed with this type of diabetes when he was 6 years old. But now despite of all the complication, he gives his best performance in his work.


Missy Foy Diabetes

She is the well-known and influential marathon runner who was diagnosed with Diabetes Type I when she was 33 years old. She has set example for all the patient suffering from diabetes by becoming the first athlete with diabetes to qualify for Olympic Marathon trial.


Mary Tyler Moore Diabetes

She is a famous actress who is now in her 70s. Mary was diagnosed with the disorder when she was 33 years old. She is the chairperson of the international Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.


Jean Smart Diabetes

This actress was only 13 when she was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes. She is a dedicated activist, mentor and also fundraiser for the disease. She has starred in a number of movies, television shows and theatrical plays.


Dorian Gregory Diabetes

The host of the show Soul Train, Dorian was diagnosed with having Type I Diabetes at the early age of 9. Diabetes has been a part of Dorian’s family and he has also issued a lot of public statements on how to effectively manage living with the disorder.


Nick Jonas Diabetes

This teen idol was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes at a young age. In a public comment made to FOX, part of the Jonas brothers, Nick hopes to inspire other people to be able to fight the disease and manage living with the condition.


Anne Rice Diabetes

In 1998, author Anne Rice was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes. She had also slipped into a diabetic coma prior to her diagnosis.


Damon Dash Diabetes

The former CEO of Roc A Fella Records has tried to guard the fact that he is a Type I Diabetic Sufferer as he felt that he is good to manage living with the condition on his own.



This judge was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes at the age of 8. She has maintained an active and a well-maintained lifestyle ever since in order to combat living with the disorder.


Casey Johnson Diabetes

The heiress to the Johnson & Johnson fortune was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes and she unfortunately passed away as she could not effectively manage living with the disorder. She had twice failed to take her insulin dosages and had been hospitalized earlier as well.


Gary Hall Diabetes

This Olympic swimmer had proven everybody wrong by competing in an Olympic level event after being diagnosed with Type I Diabetes.


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Celebrities suffering from Type II diabetes


Larry King diabetes

He is an American TV host. He is suffering from type 2 diabetes. Due to this disease he has developed many complications like heart disease and many other serious body organs problems. But diabetes was not only risk factor to all these problems, alcohol and smoking had also contributed. But after being operated for bypass surgery for heart, he helped his heart by taking care of diabetes.


Randy Jackson Diabetes

He is an African-American and was obese. As both of these factors contribute to high risk of developing type 2 diabetes, this American Idol judge struggled hard to lose his weight and control his glucose level in the body. He weighed in excess of 300 pounds and had an abnormally high blood sugar level. After diagnosis of Type II Diabetes, a gastric bypass surgery was performed on Randy, which enabled him to shed off 100 pounds.


Paula Deen Diabetes

She is famous chef, well known for her buttery and sugary recipes. When she was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, she faced the problem with full spirit and wants the public to know that disease can be controlled and is not a death sentence.


Tom Hanks diabetes

This infamous actor was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes and unnecessary weight gain at the age of 36. Since then Tom has been dedicated to battling the disease and managing life with the disorder.


Paul Sorvino Diabetes

This famous actor to be featured in Goodfellas and in Law and Order was diagnosed with having Type II Diabetes in 2006. Paul has the disease under control thanks to following a healthy diet, exercise and medications.


Mike Huckabee Diabetes

Mike was a host at FOX News and also a former presidential hopeful candidate. He had been diagnosed with Type II Diabetes in 2003 and has since reduced his calorie intake and has maintained a healthy diet and lifestyle. Today, Mike claims that he has reversed his conditions successfully.


Delta Burke Diabetes

This star to be featured in Designing Women was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes in 1997 when she was 41 years old. Delta has been resorting to a diabetic diet and medications in order to keep her blood sugar levels under control.


Dick Clark diabetes

This legend in broadcasting stated that he had been diagnosed with Type II Diabetes at the age of 64. He had also suffered from a stroke post his diagnosis. Dick passed away at the age of 82 after a heart attack.


Billie Jean King Diabetes

Tennis champion Billie Jean King is a perfect example of how diabetes can affect anybody. She was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes at the age of 63. Billie has a family history of diabetes and she manages to keep her condition in check by following a healthy diet, medications and also with lots of physical activity. Billie makes sure to monitor her blood sugar levels at least one or twice in a day.


Patti LaBelle Diabetes

This Grammy award winner passed out on stage due to Type II Diabetes in 1994. There were cases of severe diabetes in her family and Patti got in shape and maintained a healthy diet ever since. She has also launched three different books for cooking which include recipes for diabetic individuals.


Halle Berry diabetes

This actress caused quite a lot of controversy when she claimed that she was a Type II sufferer after having been long recognized as a Type I Diabetes sufferer. This misdiagnosis had occurred when the famous actress was only 22.


Sherri Shepherd Diabetes

The cohost of The View, Sherri was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes in 2007. She has since slimmed down and effectively managed to battle the disease by working closely with a personal trainer and a nutritionist.


Drew Carey Diabetes

This comedian and sitcom star revealed that he was suffering from Type II Diabetes in 2010. Since then, Drew has dropped over 80 pounds and has been following a strictly healthy lifestyle in order to battle the conditions of diabetes.


David Wells Diabetes

Popularly referred to as ‘Boomer’, this baseball player struggled with weight issues throughout his career. He was diagnosed with having Type II Diabetes in 2007 and has since been on a strict diet regime in order to manage living with the condition.

Celebrities suffering from Gestational diabetes


Salma Hayek

The actress suffered from gestational diabetes, the diabetes develops in pregnant woman. She also has family history of diabetes. This type of diabetes usually gets corrected as pregnancy goes away but it increases the chances of developing diabetes type 2 in future [5].


Diabetes can affect any individual, whether they are rich or poor, or whether they are famous or not. There have been many celebrities who have suffered from this disease and this fact shows that the condition could happen to just about anyone.



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