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 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."
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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"Basic Instinct" star Sharon Stone was diagnosed with Type I diabetes.
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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Tom Hanks revealed that he was diagnosed with Type II diabetes in a candid interview with David Letterman.
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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Pop star Nick Jonas was diagnosed with Type I diabetes in 2005.
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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"Star Wars" creator George Lucas has a mild case of Type II diabetes.
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 Williams was diagnosed with Type I diabetes and supports many diabetes charities.
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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Larry King stopped smoking, changed his diet, and adopted a healthier lifestyle after his Type II diabetes diagnosis.
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 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.
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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