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50 Famous & Successful People Who Are Diabetic

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Diabetes is a serious, sometimes life-threatening disease that affects millions of people, famous and successful included. But suffering from this disease doesn't mean your life has to stop where it is-many people have gone on to live full,


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chris b (2474)
Thursday January 20, 2011, 2:59 am
The great irony from this list is the founder of Mcdonalds having diabetes. One can only assume he wanted to gift it to the nation!

Rajee Seetharam (138)
Thursday January 20, 2011, 4:15 am
This is a good one to share. Most people believe they are doomed with diabetes.....noted with thanks Anna.

Carol H (229)
Thursday January 20, 2011, 5:07 am
thanks Anna, noted

Vikram Chhabra (394)
Thursday January 20, 2011, 7:30 am

Christine S (15)
Thursday January 20, 2011, 8:05 am
I really don't see the point to this story.

Thomas H (37)
Thursday January 20, 2011, 8:16 am
Interesting article. A point I take away from the story is that you don't have to be obese in the US, spoon-fed on Corporate Food, to get diabetes. Many on this list are/were in otherwise fantastic physical shape. Genetics, genetics, genetics.... Nature AND nurture. Thanks Anna.

Thursday January 20, 2011, 9:03 am
It's a manageable disease.
So many people say it's caused by obesity, and maybe SOMETIMES it is, but for the most part, it's genetic.

Aisha Desince (39)
Thursday January 20, 2011, 9:36 am
It affects more people than you think

Jeannette A (137)
Thursday January 20, 2011, 11:49 am
My husband has diabetes and really appreciated the perspective he gained from knowing about a lot of people on this list. His mother was diabetic and apparently it is quite prevalent in his family line. Like Thomas and Marilyn say.... genetics, genetics and environment.

Carole K (195)
Thursday January 20, 2011, 11:57 am
With love & concern for my daughter who has developed Type2 diabetes. Sent to family members via Facebook.

Darren G (8096)
Thursday January 20, 2011, 12:34 pm
Thanks for Sharing

carla page (0)
Thursday January 20, 2011, 1:17 pm
diabetes is inherited!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! not caused by diet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! it runs in great grandmother mary rudersdorf siebert and her brother both had diabetes,mary passed it down to my grandfather,he inturn passed it down through his children,then they passed it down to their,s inherited.that is why it behooves everyone to do a medical genealogy of their family.

Mary Donnelly (47)
Thursday January 20, 2011, 2:05 pm
Thanks Anna.

This post shows us that we can overcome our disabilities and still perform well. It's great to read some good news.

Lisa Zarafonetis (168)
Thursday January 20, 2011, 2:35 pm
Shared on Facebook

Robert O (12)
Thursday January 20, 2011, 3:21 pm
Good article.

Carla t., diabetes CAN be caused by many factors including poor diet and a sedentary lifestyle. Not everyone that is diabetic has a family history of it and as we all know, history begins somewhere and always in the ways we think it does.

Christine S., maybe you just have trouble with reading comprehension. Try reading it again and again until you walk away with the message contained within the article.

Robert O (12)
Thursday January 20, 2011, 3:22 pm
I meant to say NOT always in the way we think it does.

Ann L (15)
Thursday January 20, 2011, 5:05 pm
Thanks for the post. Diabetes is a silent killer. One has to be ever vigilant to keep healthy. Mary Tyler Moore has done this very well.

Julie van Niekerk (230)
Thursday January 20, 2011, 9:45 pm
Goodness - there are plenty names that I know who have or had diabetes.

Janis B (7)
Friday January 21, 2011, 11:47 am
We're both diabetic, a type 1 since age 3 now nearly 60 with absolutely no complications and type 2 brought on by overweight, more fool him. It was brought on by a viral infection after the shock of being sewn up without anaesthetic after an accident. Keeping a balance between blood sugar levels, food intake and exercise, means that if you keep your sugars in the normal range of 4-6 mmol you really have nothing to worry about. It was dinned in that balance is the key from the age of 3. People who think they can get away with running high sugars are signing their death warrant and it wont be a pleasant one. It worries us that doctors don't not seem to understand this keeping blood sugars absolutely at normal levels is a must and tell patients that running 10mmol + is fine. Baffling. Also lots of parents with young children don't realise that keep sugar control of their children is an imperative. Thank god for my Mum.

Julie D (38)
Saturday January 22, 2011, 8:04 am
Shame the list is sloppy and mixes up Type 1 (an auto-immune system disease), which pre-insulin injections killed children and young people within months of onset (it still does in the developing world) and Type 2' a disease with a genetic component but which can be managed by changing to a healthy lifestyle.

I can rant about this as I have a cousin who has managed her Type 2 diabetes by exercise - she has 3 dogs to walk every day for a start, and diet for over a decade with no adverse effects so far. I also have a teenaged son with Type 1. We suffer from the assumption that his diabetes is due to eating too many sweets, or that people with diabetes are all fat.

Let's be a bit more precise in our science please.

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Lika P (130)
Saturday January 29, 2011, 11:57 pm
Thank you. I'm diabetic, and am having a problem keeping my #'s in check... I have type 2, and I'd like to do more, but I'm limited by back problems.

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Saturday April 30, 2011, 5:41 pm
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