She’s portrayed Bond girls, Catwoman, double agents, psychiatric nurses and was the first African-American actress to in an Oscar, yet through all her fame and A-List profile, Halle Berry has had to live with the difficulties associated with Diabetes.
The actress has starred in Hollywood blockbusters ‘X Men’ (In which she played ‘Storm’), ‘Swordfish’ and ‘Monster’s Ball’ (for which she was awarded the Oscar), and is recognized for her talent all over the globe, but her diabetic issues are largely unknown to the public.
It’s strange to think that Berry’s career almost never took off for in 1989, while on set, Berry reportedly began to feel shaky and weak and before she had the chance to sit down she fell into a diabetic coma which lasted a week.
She sought medical advice and discovered that she had Type 2 Diabetes.
“Diabetes caught me completely off guard,” she said some time later.
Type 2 diabetes causes the pancreas to under-produce insulin which feeds cells throughout the body with sugar, essentially leaving the sufferer low on energy.
Because the effects of diabetes can be physically severe, Halle knew that she had to make some quick and important changes in her life if she was going to cope with the illness and maintain her career in movies.
The doctors spelt out the worst case scenarios to her upon diagnosis and the revelations terrified her.
“They told me I might lose my eyesight, or I could lose my legs.”
“I was scared to death, I thought I was going to die.”
The first thing she addressed was her eating habits: “I started to eat loads of wonderful fresh vegetables, chicken, fresh fish and pasta. I cut out red meat and cut back on fruit because it can contain quite a lot of sugar.“
In addition to her healthier balanced diet she also exercises regularly and ensures her blood sugar levels remain within the acceptable parameters.
“I have to test my blood sugar levels at least a couple of times a day,” she says.
“I do a tiny pinprick, usually on my fingertips, and test it with a special kit which tell me how high or low my blood sugar levels are.
“Then using this as a guide I inject myself with the correct dose of insulin to level up my blood sugar.“
Nowadays she has a complete handle on the illness and is enjoying her family life with, especially her daughter, Nahla Ariela, who was conceived with the aid of In Vitro Fertilization [IVF] and born in 2008.