Celebrities that have Diabetes

It is estimated that 350 million people have diabetes worldwide. In fact, according to the World Health Organisation that number could double in the next 20 years. Therefore it’s pretty evident that Diabetes can certainly occur in anyone. It can affect the young and old alike, and of course even celebrities are not immune.

Take these celebrities as examples of how it’s possible to live normally despite managing diabetes.

  1. Tom Hanks – During an interview with David Letterman in 2013, Tom Hanks 57, announced that he had now developed type 2 diabetes. He mentioned that he had had high blood sugar levels for years but recognised that it was indeed controllable. In another interview during the BFI London Film Festival that same year, Tom said “I think I was genetically inclined to get it, and I think it goes back to a lifestyle I’ve been leading ever since I was probably 7 years old as opposed to 36”. He acknowledged that “eating right, getting exercise and taking the right medications” were key to managing the disease.
  2. Nick Jonas – He was only 13 years old when he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2005. He was hospitalised after experiencing symptoms such as weight loss and thirst. His doctors confirmed his blood sugar was over 700 – and normal blood sugar levels are from 70 to 120. Once called juvenile diabetes, type 1 is the most common kind among people younger than 20, but it can strike at any age. Despite his diagnosis at such a young age, Jonas has not allowed it to slow him down in any way. During an interview with Entertainment Tonight in 2015 he said he felt “in the best health he’s been in” and even though coping with his diabetes is a challenge “you can do anything with your life and be happy.”
  3. Jay Cutler – The Chicago Bears quarterback was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 26 years old. He describes his symptoms were weight loss, dry mouth, and a lack of energy.  But Cutler hasn’t let diabetes stop him. Initially he was relieved to understand what he was going through, and even more so when the doctors confirmed he could continue playing football. He lives his life managing his diabetes as best as possible. He tracks his blood sugar, wears a small insulin pump, maintains a healthy diet and hasn’t had to change his exercise regime.

These examples show how it is possible to live a healthy and happy lifestyle despite facing the challenge of diabetes. Diabetes does affect people with all sorts of different backgrounds. Often Diabetes goes undiagnosed, so make sure you’re aware of all the possible symptoms, and always seek medical advice from your GP if you’re concerned. At Diabetes Dental Care we specialise in looking after the oral health complications of people like yourself.

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