Celebrity Tattle Treats – Celebrities With Diabetes
Hollywood celebrities are the modern demigods of our time. They have this inexplicable influence over people and practically anything albeit a statement or a product they are endorsing. We praise, idolize and try to be like them in many ways. These “stars” are the moving perfection and art altogether and much as we enjoy seeing their talents, we also relish on the juicy gossip and the drama behind their glamor.
An actor’s health condition always makes it to the tabloid headline. Among the top health issues attached to the Hollywood lifestyle includes either excessive eating or not eating anything at all. What most of you are not aware of is that there is one hardly noticed health condition that most of our celebs are battling with.
In its simplest form, Diabetes is a medical disorder affecting blood sugar levels in which there is no control of blood sugar.
Jonas Brothers is one of the hottest bands in town with hit songs like “Love Bug” and “When You Look Me in the Eyes”. So in 2007, many fans and concerned audience became worried for the band’s singer member Nick Jonas when he went public about his Type 1 diabetes. Jonas was first diagnosed with the juvenile diabetes when his sugar levels went over 700 – normal blood sugars are from 70 to 120. From then on, he learned to manage his Type 1 diabetes.
From being a Bond Girl, a mutant with the power to control Storm and lastly as the alluring Catwoman are just among the top billing films that boosted Halle Berry’s sure fame to success. But this didn’t exempt her from being a diabetic type 2. Unlike Type 1 diabetes, patients with type 2 diabetes can survive even without insulin.
African Americans are more likely than caucasians to develop diabetes. So in 2001, American Idol judge Randy Jackson was no longer surprised to learn that he had Type 2 diabetes especially when it also runs in his family. Back then, Jackson was obese until he got a gastric bypass which in effect lost him 100 pounds. From then on, he started living a healthy lifestyle by improving his diet and included walking on a treadmill and practicing yoga, a staple of his life.
Sultry Latina actress Salma Hayek has a family history of diabetes, which later manifested during her pregnancy with daughter Valentina. This type of diabetes is called Gestational Diabetes which occurs during pregnancy. Almost all women are screened for gestational diabetes when they are 24-28 weeks pregnant. Gestational diabetes normally goes away after pregnancy, however it raises the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes or the possibility of getting gestational diabetes on the next pregnancy.
Singer Patti LaBelle is truly one Divabetic who was diagnosed with diabetes after she passed out on stage, has encouraged awareness for the disease through her healthy cookbooks.
She is currently the spokesperson for American Diabetes Association.
In 2008, after losing 35 pounds and feeling weak, former Denver Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. But his dependency with insulin didn’t keep Cutler from living his regular life.
He now wears an insulin pump to monitor his blood sugar, and has labeled his condition “manageable.”
Gothic novelist Anne Rice first learned about her diabetes in 1998, when it almost took her life with a blood sugar reading of about 800 causing blood clot and a diabetic coma.
Rice has Type 1 diabetes and have come terms with it and managed to live with the disease like other thousands of diabetics.
Bret Michaels was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was six years old.
The Poison lead singer managed to take care of his diabetes while living the life of a rock star.
On a daily basis, Michaels takes four insulin injection and eight blood tests each day to maintain and survive the disease.
From being a governor in Arkansas to running for presidency – Mike Huckabee continues to break barriers when he reversed his Type 2 diabetes by improving his diet and becoming a runner. All efforts paid off when Huckabee shed off a whopping 110 pounds. Now he is no longer obese and has continued to promote a healthy lifestyle with the book he wrote about his transformation and how healthy diet during childhood creates crucial impact.
CNN talk show host Larry King is very optimist when talking about his Type 2 diabetes and how he has controlled the disease. Diabetes makes heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and other serious health problems more likely. Back then, King was a heavy smoker which resulted to five bypass heart surgery in 1987. But the king of talk managed to turn the table around and started taking care of his body and was able to quit smoking.
Award winning Broadway and film actress Mary Tyler Moore was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes after she was hospitalized for having a miscarriage at the age of 30. A routine blood test conducted at the hospital confirmed her disease with a blood sugar level of 750, and right away she was put on insulin medication. Since then, Moor has been active in promoting diabetes research and now serves as the International Chairman of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
The fifth season of American Idol introduced us to the standout singer Elliott Yamin who later landed the third place in competition. This Type 1 diabetic was in denial of his disease and confessed how he was angry and embarrassed about his diabetes. Over time, Yamin has matured into a role model for young adults and has encouraged diabetes patients to stay positive and not let the disease take over your life.