6 Celebrities Living With Diabetes

Doctor William C Lloyd Healthgrades Medical Reviewer
Medically Reviewed By William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS
Written By Healthgrades Editorial Staff on May 26, 2021
  • celebrities with diabetes vanessa williams
    Stars Can Develop Diabetes, Too
    Diabetes doesn't care if you're rich or poor, famous or not. In fact, nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes. Many celebrities who have the disease, either type 1 or type 2, are using their fame to bring attention to diabetes. Early diagnosis and treatment go a long way toward preventing diabetes complications. Here are some famous people who haven’t let diabetes stop them from living life to the fullest.
  • celebrities with diabetes jay cutler playing with chicago bears
    Jay Cutler
    Even professional athletes can have diabetes. Take Jay Cutler—NFL quarterback. He knew something was wrong a few years ago when he lost more than 30 pounds in a couple of months and felt sluggish. He was 25 when he announced his diagnosis of type 1 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes accounts for just 5% of all diabetes cases. Common symptoms include fatigue, unexplained weight loss, thirst, and weakness. Cutler has been able to continue playing football by keeping his blood sugar under control.
  • celebrities with diabetes tom hanks
    Tom Hanks
    In 2013, movie superstar Tom Hanks told the public he has type 2 diabetes. Hanks said he'd had high blood sugar for years before finally getting the diagnosis. Up to 95% of people with diabetes have type 2 diabetes. This type is more common among those older than 45. With type 2 diabetes, your body doesn’t make enough insulin or your insulin doesn’t work like it should. Sometimes, you can control type 2 diabetes with diet, exercise, and weight loss. Most people eventually need to take medication or use insulin.
  • celebrities with diabetes nick jonas
    Nick Jonas
    Nick Jonas was part of the now-disbanded teen pop trio, The Jonas Brothers. Now in his 20s, he's working on a feature film and a TV show. He was only 13 when he learned he had type 1 diabetes. Since then, he's tried to set an example for other young people with the disease. This includes starting a nonprofit group that promotes awareness. Type 1 diabetes used to be called juvenile diabetes. That's because it occurs most often in younger people. In fact, it affects more than 200,000 Americans under age 20.
  • Mariah Carey signing autographs for fans
    Mariah Carey
    Doctors told singer-songwriter Mariah Carey she had gestational diabetes in 2011. She was pregnant at the time with twins. In the United States, about 3 to 5% of all pregnant women have gestational diabetes. Doctors use a glucose tolerance test to check for the disease. After delivery, blood sugar levels usually return to normal. However, having gestational diabetes is a risk factor for type 2 diabetes. It raises your risk of developing it within the next 10 to 20 years by up to 60%.
  • celebrities with diabetes vanessa williams
    Vanessa Williams
    Vanessa Williams was the first black woman to be crowned Miss America. She went on to be a successful singer, actor and author. She also has type 1 diabetes. African Americans have higher-than-average rates of diabetes. Black Americans also are more likely to have complications from diabetes. There's nothing you can do to prevent type 1 diabetes. But, you can take steps to avoid type 2 diabetes and its problems. Start by watching what you eat, being active, and keeping a healthy weight.
  • Jean Smart at 25th Annual Critics' Choice Awards
    Jean Smart
    Long beloved for her breakout role on the 1980s TV series "Designing Women," Emmy Award-winning actor Jean Smart is busier than ever, with critically acclaimed roles in HBO's "Watchmen," "Mare of Easttown," and "Hacks." Smart was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 13. She credits exercise and stress management in helping keep her blood sugar levels steady. Smart has worked as a diabetes activist and has volunteered with JDRF (formerly known as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) and the American Diabetes Association.
Celebrities Living With Diabetes

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