10 Famous People with Diabetes

According to the American Diabetes Association, more than 30 million Americans currently live with diabetes. That means you likely know someone in your life who has the condition, even if you don’t have diabetes yourself.

But beyond your family, friends, and colleagues, there are plenty of other people you know who have diabetes, even if you didn’t realize it. You know them from TV and movie screens, stages and stadiums, history and current events. These famous folks, all of whom have wildly successful careers and lives, speak to how people with diabetes can do anything they can dream of if they manage their condition through diet, exercise, and vigilant blood sugar monitoring.

Here’s a list of 10 celebrities who have been diagnosed with diabetes;

  • Tom Hanks: The multiple Oscar winner and “America’s Dad” was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2013.
  • Halle Berry: The Oscar-winning actress received her diabetes diagnosis when she was 19.
  • Salma Hayek: The actress developed gestational diabetes while pregnant with her daughter, Valentina.
  • Sharon Stone: The “Casino” and “Basic Instinct” star has had type 1 diabetes for her whole adult life.
  • Nick Jonas: The singer and actor was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at 13.
  • George Lucas: The Star Warsguru learned he had type 2 diabetes when he was getting a checkup after being drafted for the Vietnam War.
  • Sonia Sotomayor: The first Latina Supreme Court Justice first noticed her type 1 diabetes symptoms when she was seven.
  • Drew Carey: The Price is Righthost was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes several years ago and has since lost 80 pounds.
  • Jean Smart: The award-winning actress was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was 13.
  • Billie Jean King: The tennis icon was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2004.

Making Diabetes Management Easier With Continuous Glucose Monitoring

For celebrities and the rest of us, Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) can make managing diabetes more comfortable and convenient than ever. Traditional glucose monitoring involves pricking a finger multiple times a day to test blood samples. Now, however, technology has provided those with diabetes with a more accurate and easier way to keep track of their blood sugar levels. CGM is a tested, approved, and easy-to-use transceiver device that helps those with diabetes stay in control of their condition and their lives.

If you have recently received a diagnosis of diabetes, ask your doctor about CGM and contact us today to see if you qualify for CGM and access our guide to continuous glucose monitoring.


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*Fingersticks are required for treatment decisions when you see Check Blood Glucose symbol, when symptoms do not match system readings when you suspect readings may be in accurate, or when you experience symptoms that may be due to high or low blood glucose.

Reference 1: Data on file. Abbott Diabetes Care. 2, FreeStyle Libre 14 day User’s Manual

Indications and Important Safety Information

FreeStyle Libre and FreeStyle Libre 14 day Flash Glucose Monitoring systems are continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) devices indicated for replacing blood glucose testing and detecting trends and tracking patterns aiding in the detection of episodes of hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia, facilitating both acute and long-term therapy adjustments in persons (age 18 and older) with diabetes. The systems are intended for single patient use and require a prescription.

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WARNINGS/LIMITATIONS: Do not ignore symptoms that may be due to low or high blood glucose, hypoglycemic unawareness, or dehydration. Check sensor glucose readings with a blood glucose meter when Check Blood Glucose symbol appears, when symptoms do not match system readings, or when readings are suspected to be inaccurate. The system does not have alarms unless the sensor is scanned, and the system contains small parts that may be dangerous if swallowed. The system is not approved for pregnant women, persons on dialysis, or critically-ill population. Sensor placement is not approved for sites other than the back of the arm and standard precautions for transmission of blood borne pathogens should be taken. The built-in blood glucose meter is not for use on dehydrated, hypotensive, in shock, hyperglycemic-hyperosmolar state, with or without ketosis, neonates, critically-ill patients, or for diagnosis or screening of diabetes. When using FreeStyle LibreLink app, access to a blood glucose monitoring system is required as the app does not provide one. Review all product information before use or contact Abbott Toll Free (855-632-8658) or visit www.freestylelibre.us for detailed indications for use and safety information.html. . FreeStyle, Libre, and related brand marks are trademarks of Abbott Diabetes Care Inc. in various jurisdictions. Other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. ©2018 Abbott. ADC-09691 vLO 10/18