Type 2 diabetes is not the sexiest of headline-grabbing subjects. With common knowledge suggesting it’s less serious than type 1 diabetes – even though it can be more difficult to control – many people really don’t have a clue about it, or about the risks they may run for developing it.
But this is changing, not least due to the growing numbers of diagnosed celebrities coming forward to give it more exposure in mainstream media, raising awareness and helping more people recognise the signs and symptoms.
Celebrities just like these…
- Halle Berry
Halle Berry was diagnosed in 1989 with type 2 diabetes due to a genetic link. To keep herself healthy and control the condition, she relies on a personal trainer and yoga to help her keep fit, and also follows a strict diet of vegetables and protein to manage her blood-sugar levels.
- Tom Hanks
Hanks has spoken openly about suffering from type 2 diabetes, fingering his unhealthy lifestyle and food habits when he was younger as the main cause of his diagnosis. However, he has also mentioned in multiple press interviews that he is working with his doctor to lose enough weight that he will hopefully reverse the condition – which is inspiring sufferers all over the world.
- George Lucas
Most famously known for the Star Wars franchise, the director, producer and screenwriter was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes during an army physical when called up to serve in the Vietnam War. He has been living with it ever since – not that he has let it stop him from becoming the massive success he is today.
- Diane Abbott
It was only when the veteran Labour MP pulled out of campaigning in the 2017 general election, blaming ill health for a number of car-crash press interviews, that it emerged Abbott had been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes 2 years earlier. Her hectic election schedule meant meals were skipped and her blood-sugar levels “were out of control”, affecting her media performance – which highlights the importance of nutrition for sufferers.
- Johnny Cash
The moody singer was diagnosed with an incredibly rare neurodegenerative disease called Shy-Drager syndrome in his 50s, but this was a misdiagnosis as he was actually suffering from uncontrolled type 2 diabetes. Unfortunately, a stereotypical rock-and-roll lifestyle teamed with a lack of knowledge about the disease, and therefore the opportunity to do something about it, contributed to his untimely death in 2003, aged 71.