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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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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: 50

Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States of America

Profession: Television producer, Film Producer, Model, Actor Voice acting

Credits: X-Men: The Last Stand, Cloud Atlas, X-Men 2, X-Men: Days of Future Past

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#53 on The Best American Actresses Working Today

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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: 59

Birthplace: Meadville, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Profession: Fashion Model, Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting

Credits: Casino, Total Recall, Basic Instinct, The Quick and the Dead

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#75 on The Best American Actresses Working Today

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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: 60

Birthplace: Concord, California, United States of America

Profession: Television director, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter Actor, + more

Credits: The Da Vinci Code, Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan, The Green Mile

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#1 on The Best Actors Working Today

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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: 24

Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, United States of America

Profession: Record producer, Pianist, Musician, Singer-songwriter Actor, + more

Credits: Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam, Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert

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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: 72

Birthplace: Modesto, California, United States of America

Profession: Television producer, Entrepreneur, Film Producer, Screenwriter Cinematographer, + more

Credits: Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones, Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope

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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: 54

Birthplace: Millwood, New York, United States of America

Profession: Record producer, Film Producer, Model, Actor Voice acting, + more

Credits: Eraser, Shaft, Soul Food, Ugly Betty

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#23 on The Greatest Black Actresses of All Time

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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: 83

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

Profession: Talk show host, Journalist, Radio personality, Actor Voice acting, + more

Credits: Larry King Now^! Larry King Live^! We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story^! Larry King TNT Extra 3

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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: 80

Birthplace: Brooklyn Heights, New York City, New York, United States of America

Profession: Activist, Musician, Film Producer, Actor Voice acting

Credits: The Dick Van Dyke Show, Mary Tyler Moore, Ordinary People, Flirting with Disaster

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#21 on The Greatest American Actresses of All Time

#28 on The Best TV Actors of All Time

#41 on The Best Film Actors Who Got Famous on TV First

#36 on Celebrities You Don't Want to See Get Older

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