55+ Famous People with Diabetes

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List of Famous People with Diabetes, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Diabetes is a term for metabolic diseases that result in and individual having high blood sugar. Type I diabetes results from the body's failure to produce insulin. Type II diabetes is a condition where cells fail to properly use the insulin that the body produces. Type I diabetes is typically caused by genetics and is unrelated to lifestyle, whereas Type II diabetes is primarily caused by lifestyle choices. There is no known cure for diabetes although it is treatable.

Who is the most famous person with diabetes? Halle Berry tops our list. The “Catwoman” actress drastically changed her diet upon receiving the diagnosis and she tests her insulin levels multiple times a day. Berry's “Cloud Atlas” co-star Tom Hanks announced in an interview with David Letterman that he also suffers from Type II diabetes. Hanks has repeatedly gained and lost weight for various roles, which may have played into his diabetes diagnosis.

Celebrity chef Paula Deen, who is known for making decadent dishes with lots of butter and bacon, is also diagnosed with Type II diabetes. Deen still loves her southern cooking, but she adapted a healthier lifestyle upon hearing the diagnosis. That's more than can be said about Elvis Presley, who chose not to treat his diabetes. Many people believe that this is one of the factors of his early death.

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  1. Halle Berry is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 55+ Famous People with Diabetes
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    Halle Berry was diagnosed with Type II diabetes as a young woman.  Berry said she changed her diet drastically after the diagnosis. She states, "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."

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    • Age: age 49
    • Birthplace: USA, Cleveland, Ohio
    • Profession: Television producer, Film Producer, Model, Actor, Voice acting
    • Credits: X-Men, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men 2, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Cloud Atlas, + more
  2. Sharon Stone is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 55+ Famous People with Diabetes
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    "Basic Instinct" star Sharon Stone was diagnosed with Type I diabetes.

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    • Age: age 57
    • Birthplace: USA, Meadville, Pennsylvania
    • Profession: Fashion Model, Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting
    • Credits: Casino, Total Recall, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Basic Instinct, Antz, + more
  3. Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 55+ Famous People with Diabetes
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    Tom Hanks revealed that he was diagnosed with Type II diabetes in a candid interview with David Letterman.

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    • Age: age 59
    • Birthplace: USA, California, Concord
    • Profession: Television director, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan, Toy Story, Toy Story 3, Toy Story 2, + more
  4. Nick Jonas is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 55+ Famous People with Diabetes
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    Pop star Nick Jonas was diagnosed with Type I diabetes in 2005.

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    • Age: age 23
    • Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, United States of America
    • Profession: Record producer, Pianist, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, Camp Rock, Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam, Jonas L.A., Johnny Kapahala: Back on Board, + more
  5. George Lucas is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 55+ Famous People with Diabetes
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    "Star Wars" creator George Lucas has a mild case of Type II diabetes.

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    • Age: age 71
    • Birthplace: Modesto, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Television producer, Entrepreneur, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Cinematographer, + more
    • Credits: Star Wars, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, Return of the Jedi, Men in Black, + more
  6. Vanessa L. Williams is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 55+ Famous People with Diabetes
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    Vanessa Williams was diagnosed with Type I diabetes and supports many diabetes charities.

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    • Age: age 52
    • Birthplace: Millwood, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Record producer, Film Producer, Model, Actor, Voice acting, + more
    • Credits: Desperate Housewives, Ugly Betty, Shaft, 666 Park Avenue, Hannah Montana: The Movie, + more
  7. Larry King is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 55+ Famous People with Diabetes
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    Larry King stopped smoking, changed his diet, and adopted a healthier lifestyle after his Type II diabetes diagnosis.

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    • Age: age 82
    • Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York
    • Profession: Talk show host, Journalist, Radio personality, Actor, Voice acting, + more
    • Credits: Ghostbusters, Shrek 2, Shrek the Third, Bee Movie, Shrek Forever After, + more
  8. Mary Tyler Moore is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 55+ Famous People with Diabetes
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    Mary Tyler Moore was diagnosed with Type I diabetes around the time she was filming "The Mary Tyler Moore Show."  She is now an outspoken advocated who brings awareness to the disease.

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    • Age: age 79
    • Birthplace: New York City, Brooklyn Heights, USA, New York
    • Profession: Activist, Musician, Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting
    • Credits: The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Ordinary People, Moon, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Hot in Cleveland, + more

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