Diabetes is a chronic disease in which excess sugar builds up in the bloodstream because the body struggles to make or use insulin, a sugar-controlling hormone. It leads to symptoms such as excessive thirst, weight loss, blurry vision and fatigue.
With Type 1 diabetes, which usually happens earlier on in life, the pancreas can’t produce insulin. On the other hand, Type 2 diabetes tends to show up in adulthood and happens when the pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin or fails to use it properly.
Some women also develop gestational diabetes during pregnancy. Hormonal changes and weight gain during this period sometimes make it hard for a woman’s body to produce enough insulin, so her blood sugar levels rise.
According to the World Health Organization, around 422 million people worldwide are living with a diabetes diagnosis. In recognition of World Diabetes Day on Nov. 14, Yahoo Canada has gathered a list of 10 celebrities who have shared their experiences with the disease.
1. Nick Jonas
Nick Jonas was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 13 after he suddenly lost nine kilograms (20 pounds) in a matter of weeks. The “Sucker” singer has since been outspoken about his diabetes journey, saying, “This was a scary kind of reality that I had to face, but not something where I was going to, for a single second, let it slow me down.”
He recently received the Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation’s Golden Glove Award for his advocacy and is working with the Time in Range campaign to encourage people with diabetes to regularly monitor their blood glucose levels.
2. Halle Berry
Soon after being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 22, Halle Berry adopted a keto diet and has maintained it ever since. “Because I’m diabetic, nutrition has been a big part of my life,” she told Insider. In 2004, the “Catwoman” actress became an ambassador for the National Diabetes Education program, and, in 2020, she launched an app intended to help promote wellness and weight loss.
3. Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks was in the midst of a flourishing career when he received his Type 2 diabetes diagnosis in 2013. While appearing on the “Late Show with David Letterman,” the “Forrest Gump” actor explained that he experienced symptoms of high blood sugar for 20 years before he received an official diagnosis of diabetes. He has since said that he believes his poor food choices were to blame, even referring to himself as a “total idiot.”
4. Max Domi
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