1. Tom Hanks
On David Letterman, Tom Hanks announced he has type 2 diabetes. Hank responded when asked about his slim figure that he was diagnosed by his doctor.
The Oscar-winner suggested his yo-yo dieting form movie roles may have been a contributing factor from one source but has also suggested he was genetically inclined.
“I went to the doctor and he said, ‘You know those high blood sugar numbers you’ve been dealing with since you were 36? Well, you’ve graduated. You’ve got type 2 diabetes, young man.'” Hanks added that the condition is controllable, but he joked that he couldn’t get back down to his high-school weight of 96 pounds. “I was a very skinny boy!”
2. Halle Berry
The Academy Award-winning actress was initially diagnosed in 1989 after feeling fatigued and had reportedly passed out while filming the TV show “Living Dolls”.
She was eventually diagnosed with having type 1 diabetes. Berry was initially petrified thinking she was going to die. However later viewed it as a life-changing outlook on life.
When back from the hospital Berry immediately changed her diet with one that included fresh fruits and vegetables, chicken, fish and eliminated sugars. In addition, she practices yoga and has a personal trainer.
She is also a big advocate for the ketogenic diet. Despite her diabetes evolving into type 2 diabetes, she claims she does not require insulin medication.
In 2005, she told the Daily Mail “Diabetes turned out to be a gift, it gave me strength and toughness because I had to face reality, no matter how uncomfortable or painful it was.”
3. Randy Jackson
If you’re a fan of the TV “American Idol” you’ve probably noticed Randy’s dramatic weight loss.
The producer, musician and former judge of American Idol was diagnosed with having type 2 diabetes in his mid-40’s.
“When I found out that I had type 2 diabetes, I was like, ‘Wow,’ I have a serious disease. It not only had a physical, but also an emotional impact on me,” Jackson told NIH Medicine Plus in 2008. “It was hard to change my eating habits because food for me is emotional — I often found comfort in eating food that happened to be unhealthy.”
He believes that he was genetically inclined as it runs in his family and is a prevalent disease among African-Americans.
His doctor developed a nutrition plan and fitness program to help him gain control of his blood glucose levels. In 2004, Randy underwent gastric bypass surgery which helped him shed 100+ pounds.
Randy believes that through proper health and nutrition, type 2 diabetes can be managed. He is now active and practices yoga and exercises on a treadmill regularly.
4. Larry King
The famous American television and talk show host was first diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 1995 after surviving a heart attack and bypass surgery eight years earlier.
King has since lost a considerable amount of weight, lived a healthier lifestyle by quitting smoking, eating good food and exercising regularly.
His three rules involve eating what you love, keeping exercise fun and being an exemplary patient.
“It’s definitely controllable”