Hollywood Battles with Diabetes
Posted On Apr 07, 2016
Today is World Health Day, a global health awareness day celebrated every year on April 7th. Every year has a different theme and this year’s theme is diabetes. Diabetes is a condition where the body doesn’t produce insulin, the hormone that converts glucose into energy. The condition affects about 3 million people in the United States alone, and everyone with diabetes must replace their insulin every day. Diabetes doesn’t discriminate, many of our favorite celebrities struggle with this disease everyday. You would be surprised to see some of the names on this roster.
Academy Award winning actress and classic beauty Halle Berry had a shockingly sudden run in with the disease. In 1989, Berry went into a diabetic coma on the set of Living Dolls where she was unconscious for a week. Upon awaking from her coma, she was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and has had to alter her lifestyle accordingly.
In 2005, the teen heart-throb and former Jonas Brother, Nick Jonas was diagnosed with diabetes. This was the same year that the band was formed, and Nick Jonas became an unofficial spokesperson for diabetes. He began sharing his struggles with the world and being a voice for diabetics, inspiring others to follow suit.
Tom Hanks announced in 2013 that he has type 2 diabetes. Weight gain is a factor in diabetes and Tom Hanks always gained and dropped pounds for some of his movie roles. Hanks gained 30 lbs. for A League of Their Own and lost 50 lbs. for Castaway. He also had elevated blood sugar levels some years before he was diagnosed.
Famous for her unibrowed artist role in Frida and many other films, Hayek is also the spokesperson for gestational diabetes, which is developed during pregnancy and can lead to an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Hayek developed the condition, which has no symptoms, while pregnant with her daughter in 2007. Even though she never actually had diabetes prior to pregnancy, there was a history of the disease in her family. Thankfully, her baby girl was born happy and healthy!
Everyone’s favorite Hollywood director, George Lucas found out that he had diabetes after graduating from college. Fun fact: because he had diabetes he was exempt from the Vietnam War draft. So instead, he went on to make movies about droids, storm troopers, and the battle between the forces of good and evil that we all know and love