Bret Michaels, the lead singer of Poison, and reality TV star, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 6. Micheals has described his diagnosis at such a young age as a “blessing in disguise,” because it has always been with him. These days, Michaels takes insulin three times a day, and keeps orange juice and Gatorade nearby when he performs in case his blood sugar becomes too low.
Award-winning actress, Sharon Stone, 52, reportedly suffers from type 1 diabetes.
Elliot Yamin of “American Idol” fame was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes after his 16th birthday. Yamin has said one of his major goals as a celebrity is to educate people about the disease. His message for adolescents living with diabetes: "Stay positive."
Academy-award winning actress Halle Berry was 23 when she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes after slipping into a coma during the taping of a television sitcom. Today, Berry, 44, is extremely careful with what she eats and keeps a strict exercise regime. Her routine also entails constantly checking her blood-sugar levels and giving herself insulin injections. Berry is mother to Nahla Ariela Aubry.
Nicole Johnson was crowned Miss America in 1999 – the first winner to have diabetes in the pageant’s history. Diagnosed in 1993, the Florida resident has co-written three cookbooks with Mr. Food and an autobiography entitled “Living With Diabetes.”
Pop star Nick Jonas was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2005 after experiencing many of the common symptoms: sudden weight loss, extreme thirst and irritability.
In 2007, while performing at a Diabetes Research Institute fundraiser in New York City, Nick asked audience members to raise their hands if they had the disease. Then he raised his hand, revealing for the first time publicly that he has type 1 diabetes.
“It is hard but I’ve always had it in my heart to be an inspiration and a positive voice of encouragement,” Nick told FOX & Friends in August 2008. “So the first time I heard someone say thanks for sharing, I thought if I can use this as an opportunity to inspire people, then it’s all worth it.”
Jean Smart, who starred on the hit TV show “Designing Women,” and was on the FOX thriller “24,” was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 13.
Mary Tyler Moore is best known for “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” but she has used her fame to help raise funds and awareness for diabetes. Moore, 72, is the international chairwoman of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. She has successfully managed type 1 diabetes for more than 30 years.
Chris Dudley, a former NBA player, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1981 at the age of 16. It was his immaculate work ethic and ability to play 886 games during his career as a diabetic that earned him much respect. Among the teams he played for: the Cleveland Cavaliers, New Jersey Nets, Portland Trail Blazers, New York Knicks and Phoenix Suns. In 1998, he opened the Chris Dudley Organization, an Oregon-based group intended to improve the lives of diabetic children.
David Crosby is the founding member of The Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash. He has type 1 diabetes, which means he is insulin-dependent. A member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Crosby is also the biological father of Melissa Etheridge and Julie Cypher's two children, who were conceived through artificial insemination.
Actor Paul Sorvino was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2006 and he started taking oral medications, but he was still not reaching his blood sugar goals. Soon, Sorvino began an insulin regimen, along with exercise, a healthy diet and oral medications.
He and his daughter, actress Mira Sorvino (both seen here with Fox News’ Dr. Manny) started “Diabetes Co-Stars,” which helps to inspire people to find support for their diabetes journey, Sorvino said.
These celebrities have all been diagnosed with diabetes - but they don't let that stand in their way