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.