No matter how Popular they are or how much money they earn through their fabulous line of work, the sad fact is that they cannot use their fame and wealth to get away from the clutches of diabetes. Here is a list of popular people with type 1 diabetes that you may or may not have heard about. Hollywood, the red-carpet, sports and even courtrooms are not all about glamor, beauty, toughness and strength alone.
Behind the camera and the curtains lie several problems that these popular people have to suffer from. Just like us, they are also regular people who are not immune to diseases such as diabetes. There are many celebrities with type 1 diabetes and knowing their identity may surprise you a lot.
Popular People With Type 1 Diabetes
First on our list is the famed novelist, Anne Rice. Rice is very popular and critically-acclaimed for some of her many vampire novels. Her series, The Vampire Chronicles, which became the subject of two acclaimed film adaptations, Queen of the Damned(2002)and Interview with the Vampire (1994), is very influential and has become one of the most widely read vampire authors of this new generation.
In 1998, however, Rice was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and her blood sugar level rose up to 800. She became frail, but she was able to cope up with the dilemma and has been able to manage her diabetes by taking insulin injections, which she will have to continue for the rest of her life.
Who would have thought that Nick Jonas, young as he is, has type 1 diabetes? The lead singer and guitarist of the Jonas Brothers was diagnosed with diabetes when he was only 13 years old. His blood sugar level was said to have reached more than 700 which had him hospitalized until it was brought under control. He performed at a Diabetes Research Institute carnival in 2007 where he announced that he was afflicted with the disease himself.
Damon Dash is a music producer, an entrepreneur and an actor. He is probably best known as one of the three co-founders of the Roc-A-Fella Records together with Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter & Kareem “Biggs” Burke. Dash is known to be one of the popular people with type 1 diabetes and he is an advocate of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
She may be an award-winning actress, but her awards cannot stop diabetes from attacking this hot beauty. Berry was only 23 years old when she was diagnosed with the disease. In a very unfortunate incident, she slipped into a diabetic coma during a taping of the television show, Living Dolls.
She was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and she was very open in talking how she controlled and managed the disease all through the years. However, she made quite a stir when she said that she would classify herself as a type 2 diabetic patient since she has already been weaned off from insulin.
Jay Cutler served as a quarterback for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League. Cutler was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was only 22 years old. He works with Dedicated to Diabetes, an organization based in Denver which aims to educate and increase the awareness of the public knowledge about diabetes.
In 2009, he also partnered with Eli Lilly and Company in a project called “Touchdown for Diabetes.” For a touchdown pass, Cutler threw during the entire 2009 season, Lilly will send a child to a diabetes summer camp by giving $1000 to ADA’s Camp Scholarship fund.
This beautiful lady may not be a Hollywood actress, but she is not new to the glitz and glamor, considering her status as an American heiress and socialite. She is a great-great-granddaughter of Johnson & Johnson co-founder, Robert Wood Johnson I. Johnson was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was only eight years old. Both she and her father are involved with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation to find a cure for the disease.
Mark Lowe is a baseball relief pitcher and part of the Detroit Tigers of Major League Baseball. He also played with other teams such as the Seattle Mariners, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Toronto Blue Jays, Texas Rangers, Cleveland Indians. Initially, Lowe was diagnosed in 2008 with type 2 diabetes. However, his diagnosis was changed to type 1 just before the baseball season started in 2009.
Theresa Mary May
The Right Honorable Theresa Mary May is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom who assumed office in July 2016. David Cameron preceded May. She is a member of the Conservative Party, and a Member of Parliament for the Maidenhead constituency ever since 1997. The prime minister was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in November 2012. After the diagnosis, she started having daily insulin injections for the treatment and management of the disease.
Best known as a VH1 reality star of the Rock of Love, Bret Michaels is not immune to diabetes. The lead singer of the rock band Poison was diagnosed with a type 1 diabetes when he was hardly six years old.
However, Michaels chose to keep mum about his condition. He admitted to the public that he was suffering from the disease shortly after the release of his first album. He was even quoted in an interview where he said that people should accept the illness and keep on taking their insulin to keep the condition under control. Furthermore, he advises people like him to enjoy life and be in good shape.
The Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, Sonia Sotomayor, is one of the popular people diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Her diagnosis came about when she was still seven years old and she has been taking insulin injections since then. Her diabetic condition played a pivotal role in her career choice. She initially considered becoming a detective as Nancy Drew inspired her. After her diagnosis, however, doctors advised her to have a different job. Thus, she became a judge.