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: The Last Stand, Cloud Atlas, X-Men 2, X-Men: Days of Future Past
  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, Basic Instinct, The Quick and the Dead
  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: 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
  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: 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
  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: 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
  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: Eraser, Shaft, Soul Food, Ugly Betty
  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: Larry King Now, Larry King Live, We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story, Larry King TNT Extra 3
  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 Dick Van Dyke Show, Mary Tyler Moore, Ordinary People, Flirting with Disaster

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