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Famous People with Diabetes

Famous People with Diabetes

Diabetes is a metabolism disorder that usually causes there to be extremely high levels of sugar in the blood. This disorder can be very dangerous and hard to live with. It is estimated that 347 million people in the world have diabetes.

Halle Berry
Approximately 3.4 million people a year die from this disease. Some of the people who have / had diabetes include the rich and famous as well.

List of Famous People with Diabetes (both living and deceased)

Arthur Ashe
Hoyt Axton
Syd Barrett
Marion Barry
Menachem Begin
Jack Benny
Halle Berry
Wilford Brimley
J. Anthony Brown
James Brown
Delta Burke
James Cagney
Nell Carter
Johnny Cash
Carol Channing
Dick Clark
Ty Cobb
David Crosby
Miles Davis
James Doohan
Buster Douglas
Thomas Edison
Mama Cass Elliott
Dale Evans
King Fahd
Freddy Fender
Ella Fitzgerald
Mick Fleetwood
Aretha Franklin
“Smokin’ Joe” Frazier
Jerry Garcia
Joe Gibbs
Dizzy Gillespie
Jackie Gleason
Mikhail Gorbachev
Tom Hanks
Ernest Hemingway
Mike Huckabee
Howard Hughes
Marvin Isley
Rick James
Waylon Jennings
Nicole Johnson
Nick Jonas
B.B. King
Billie Jean King
Larry King
Ray Kroc
Patti LaBelle
Peggy Lee
Tommy Lee
Jerry Lewis
Meat Loaf
Marcello Mastroianni
Jerry Mathers
Curtis Mayfield
Mary Tyler Moore
Carroll O’Connor
Minnie Pearl
Elvis Presley
Mario Puzo
Della Reese
Anne Rice
Jackie Robinson
Sugar Ray Robinson
Anwar Sadat
Ron Santo
George C. Scott
Art Shell
Jean Smart
Kate Smith
Hank Stram
Elizabeth Taylor
Spencer Tracy
Luther Vandross
Jersey Joe Walcott
Andrew Lloyd Webber
H.G. Wells
Mae West
Neil Young

Further info about 5 famous people who currently live with diabetes:

1. Halle BerryHalle Berry was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes after falling into a coma in the year 2007. Halle Berry was only 22 at the time when she found out that she had diabetes. She did something that most people do not do. She slowly got her body off of taking insulin. Later tests showed that Halle Berry had type 2 diabetes, which is a lot less harsh than type 1. Stars like Halle Berry may seem perfect but disorders and diseases do not choose the person in which they effect. 
2. Nick JonasWho would have thought that one of the brothers suffers from diabetes? Nick Jonas was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was younger. Nick had a blood sugar level of around 700. The normal blood sugar level ranges from 70 to 120. A blood sugar level of 700 is enough to kill a person or make them fall into a coma. Nick now knows how to manage his diabetes and he also donates money and his time to helping different organizations that support finding cures for diabetes. 
3. Salma HayekSalma Hayek developed diabetes while being pregnant with her daughter Valentina. Gestational diabetes is what pregnant women get. This type of diabetes usually goes away after the child had been birthed but new studies show that people who get this type of diabetes through pregnancy are 60-percent more likely to get type 1 or type 2 diabetes within the next 10 to 20 years. 
4. Tommy LeeTommy Lee is a Motley Crue drummer that has type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is usually associated with obesity but in very few cases this type of diabetes can happen to people who are not obese. Almost 15-percent of the people with type 2 diabetes are not over weight at all. Salma Hayek’s diabetes went away after child birth and hopefully it will not come back. 
5. Jay CutlerJay Cutler is an NFL quarterback who suffers from type 1 diabetes. He was diagnosed when he was losing weight rapidly and realized that we had become extremely tired. He began treatment right away and is now back to feeling and playing like his normal self. 


Diabetes knows no boundaries. Whether we are discussing persons of fame, rich celebrities, musicians, politicians, scientists or other notables, this disease will continue to impact people in all walks of life.