Nick Jonas went public with his diabetes in 2007. He has said that his symptoms included weight loss and thirst. When diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, his blood sugar was over 700— and normal blood sugar levels are from 70 to 120. Jonas was hospitalized, but he learned to manage his condition. (Photo: WENN)
Actress Halle Berry was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 22, after she became ill and slipped into a weeklong coma. In 2007, however, Berry announced that she’d weaned herself off insulin. (Photo: WENN)
Tom Hanks announced he has type 2 diabetes in October 2013. “I went to the doctor and he said, ‘You know those high blood sugar numbers you’ve been dealing with since you were 36? Well, you’ve graduated. You’ve got type 2 diabetes, young man.’” (Photo: WENN)
When Gabourey Sidibe was diagnosed with diabetes, she took charge of her health, and had a baratric surgery in 2016. “I truly didn’t want to worry about all the effects that go along with diabetes,” she told People. “I genuinely [would] worry all the time about losing my toes.” (Photo: WENN)
In 2002, Randy Jackson was diagnosed with diabetes after experiencing “flu symptoms” that turned out to be high blood sugar. With gastric bypass surgery, he lost almost 100 pounds. He has kept the weight off—and his diabetes under control—with healthy eating and daily exercise. (Photo: WENN)
Salma Hayek developed the condition – which often has no symptoms – while pregnant with her daughter Valentina. “I didn’t know whether I was feeling bad because I was pregnant or whether something was seriously wrong,” (Photo: WENN)
Talk show host legend Larry King has been on diabetes medication since 1995. “It’s definitely controllable,” King said on his show. He also said in an interview that before being diagnosed, he had no symptoms. (Photo: WENN)
The former Desperate Housewives star Vanessa Williams is a type 1 diabetic. The disease hit her at a very young age. Since then, she has been living a healthy lifestyle, keeping her blood glucose levels under control. She wrote the diabetes book for children, Healthy Child. (Photo: WENN)
George Lucas was just 23 years old when he found out he had been suffering from type 2 diabetes. The 73-year-old Star Wars creator and billionaire celebrity said to have inherited the disease from his paternal grandfather. (Photo: WENN)
“Anyone can develop diabetes, even an athlete,” says tennis champion Billie Jean King, who was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes at age 63. To keep her condition under control, she exercises frequently, takes medication, and tests her blood sugar once or twice a day. (Photo: WENN)
Elvis Presley had type 2 diabetes. Despite being shocked by his diagnoses, the King of Rock ‘N Roll didn’t change his lifestyle after the diagnosis and many people believe that it contributed to his early death. (Photo: WENN)
People often think that diabetes strikes only the overweight and sedentary, or unhealthy eaters. But with over 400 million people from all around the world suffering from the disease, it’s clear that anyone can be diagnosed with diabetes—even world class athletes, or the rich and famous.
The following celebrities all had some risk factors for diabetes (such as weight, ethnicity, or family history), but many were still shocked to hear the diagnosis. They’ve all made healthy changes in their lives, and many now speak out about the dangers of diabetes.
In honor of World Diabetes Day, here are 11 celebrities to whom test strips, blood sugar monitors, and insulin pumps are all part of their every day.