Celebrities Living with Long-Term Disabilities: Diabetes

Celebrities Living with Long-Term Disabilities: Diabetes

One of the most well-known invisible illnesses is Diabetes. There are 11 million Canadians living with diabetes or pre-diabetes. This means that someone you know is likely affected by the disease.

Diabetes is a chronic and sometimes fatal disease where the body cannot produce enough insulin or cannot properly use the insulin it creates. There are three types of diabetes, but the most commonly known are Type 1 and Type 2. 

Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is incurable but manageable; with Type 1 the immune system attacks and kills beta cells of the pancreas and either no insulin or very little insulin is produced. Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body does not produce enough insulin or can’t properly use the insulin that is released. Type 2 is the most common form of diabetes, affecting about 90% of those diagnosed with the disease.

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Tom Hanks Diagnosed With Type 2 Diabetes

One of the highest profile cases of diabetes is Tom Hanks, who announced in 2013 that he was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. The illness could have been brought about due to poor diet and inactivity. Some people blamed yo-yo dieting as a factor. The actor had a reputation for gaining and losing significant amounts of weight for his roles. While we do not know his medical history, we do know that many lifestyle choices can increase a person’s likelihood of becoming diabetic.

More Celebrities Diagnosed

Another known case is Halle Berry, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes after falling into a diabetic coma when she was 22. She has come to terms with her illness and manages it through healthy eating and exercise. Randy Jackson was also diagnosed with disease in 2003. Randy admitted that it a while to come to terms with the illness. He has since made adjustments to his lifestyle. Randy now heads several initiatives to educate and help others affected by the disease.

There are several other celebrities coping with diabetes. They lead by example on how healthy diets and exercise can make this serious disease manageable. However, there’s still more to managing diabetes than simply eating well. It’s important to manage stress. Ask for help or join a support group that can assist you on your journey. It’s important to learn all you can about the illness. Discuss how you’re feeling with your healthcare team to decide on other measures that you can take to increase your quality of life.

Sources: Canadian Diabetes Association, ABC News, IBTimes, Healthline, People

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