Recently, actor Tom Hanks revealed that he was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, a lifelong condition, which occurs when the body does not produce enough insulin. The 57-year-old has already been dealing with high blood pressure since the age of 36, reports contactmusic.com. Though the condition can be controlled through an effective diet, Hanks chooses to do otherwise. ‘Well it’s controllable through diet. My doctor said, ‘If you can weigh what you weighed in high school, you’ll essentially be completely healthy and not have Type 2 diabetes.’ And I said, ‘Well, I’m going to have Type 2 diabetes then’, he added. Tom Hanks is not the only celebrity suffering from diabetes. Here are some other celebrities who’ve tackled the menace:
Anil Kapoor’s daughter has struggled with diabetes from her teenage years. She has followed a strict diet regime with daily insulin to stay healthy. Her hectic schedule did take a toll on her but she soon learned to manage the condition, and hasn’t let it stop her from becoming one of the most sought-after actresses in B-town. (Read: Sonam Kapoor’s weight loss secrets)
The Bond girl was diagnosed was diabetes when she was 23 after she fainted on a TV set. She was taken aback by the disease because none of her family members suffered from it. Since then, she has been taking daily insulin injections for the rest of her life and overhauled her diet. She now follows a diet that is low in fat, sugar, processed carbs and avoids all junk food or sweets. (Read: How celeb trainer Ramona Braganza got Jessica Alba and Halle Berry to shed their post pregnancy weight)
The curvy actress suffered from gestational diabetes (diabetes during pregnancy), which she claimed runs in her family. She told American Baby magazine, ‘I had gestational diabetes, which I didn’t realize at first. It occurs in women who have high blood sugar levels during pregnancy. I didn’t know whether I was feeling bad because I was pregnant or whether something was seriously wrong. I was nauseated for nine months, which can be one of the symptoms.’ (Read: Gestational Diabetes: Causes, prevention and treatment)
The King of Swing was diagnosed with diabetes when he was 30. It was shocking for the ace swing bowler who always associated diabetes with a sedentary lifestyle. Nonetheless, he modified his diet and exercise regime to counter the illness and also took insulin doses. The disease didn’t stop him from making his mark in the cricketing world, and becoming one of the greatest bowlers cricket has ever seen. (Read: Cut risk of diabetes by 30 per cent with just 30 minutes of physical activity)
The talented actor suffers from type 1 diabetes and is part of 5% of Indian diabetic population that suffers from this variety of diabetes. The actor hasn’t let the disease dampen his zest for life and has even become an advocate for diabetes awareness, promoting the website www.sugarbp.org.
The former Channel V VJ and IPL Extra Innings host was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was 22. The witty actor took the diagnosis in his stride and lives a healthy lifestyle to counter the disease. He practices yoga and jogs regularly to keep fit and also follows a strict diet while abstaining from alcohol to keep his blood sugar under control.
Famous as an overweight comedian and sitcom star, Carey dropped 80 pounds after being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. He claims that after losing weight he now no longer requires diabetic medicine every day.
The Star Wars creator learned his condition when he was graduating from college and when he was drafted for the Vietnam War; his physical exam revealed he suffered from type 2 diabetes, which exempted him from the draft.
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Perhaps the greatest women tennis player of all time, she was diagnosed with the condition in 2006. She lost 35 pounds to fight the disease and went on to become a spokesperson for diabetes awareness.
As we can diabetes knows no class but it’s a manageable condition. All you need to do is be aware to tackle the menace.