Famous Faces of Type 1 Diabetes

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    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, 42, 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 gave birth to her first child Nahla Ariela Aubry in March.

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    Pop star Nick Jonas, 15, 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 Wednesday. “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.”

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    Elliot Yamin, 30, of “American Idol” fame was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes after his sixteenth 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."

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    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, 70, is the international chairwoman of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. She has successfully managed type 1 diabetes for 30 years.

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    Award-winning actress, Sharon Stone, 50, reportedly suffers from type 1 diabetes.

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    Bret Michaels, 44, the lead singer of Poison, and star of his own reality show, "Rock of Love," 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.

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    Jean Smart, who starred on the hit TV show “Designing Women,” and is currently on the FOX thriller “24,” was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 13.

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    Damon Dash, 37, is the former CEO and co-founder of Roc-A-Fella Records with Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter and Kareem “Biggs” Burke. Dash has type 1 diabetes and is an advocate for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

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    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.”

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    Victor Garber, 57, is a six-time Emmy Award nominee, who has mastered television (“Alias” ), film (“Titanic” ) and theater (“Sweeny Todd” ). He also had to master the role of a diabetic, a diagnosis that came at the age of 12.

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    David Crosby, 67, 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.

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    Chris Dudley, 43, 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.

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    Dorian Gregory, host of the long-running TV show “Soul Train,” also played Detective Darryl Morris on the former WB show “Charmed.” But Gregory, 37, knows what it is like to live a not-so-charmed life – he was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 9. Since he has become famous, Gregory has been an advocate and spokesman for the American Diabetes Association.

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