Kate Moss's daughter Lila Moss recently walked the runway at the Fendi x Versace "Fendace" fashion show in Italy on Sept. 26, 2021, with her insulin pump on full display. The 19-year-old model has type 1 diabetes, which requires insulin (via injections or a tubeless pod insulin pump like the one she's seen sporting here) in order to keep blood sugar levels in a healthy range.
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For more than half his life, Nick Jonas has lived with diabetes. At 13, the Jonas Brothers member was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Thirteen years later in 2018, he took to Instagram to talk about his experience managing it, explaining that he's been "prioritizing my physical health, working out and eating healthy and keeping my blood sugar in check." Nick continued, "I have full control of my day to day life with this disease, and I'm so grateful to my family and loved ones who have helped me every step of the way. Never let anything hold you back from living your best life." Nick penned the song "A Little Bit Longer," which was released by the Jonas Brothers in 2008, about his feelings regarding his diagnosis.
Halle Berry was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when she was 22. The Oscar winner has in recent years followed a keto diet to keep her health in check and has acknowledged that her condition makes her vulnerable in many ways. "I do feel at risk," she told Variety amid the coronavirus pandemic in 2020. "I'm very strict about quarantining and who is in my bubble." While filming "John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum" in 2019, Halle broke three ribs, which may have been linked to her diabetes. "I have a propensity to fracture bones faster than other people," she said.
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In 2013 while on the "Late Show With David Letterman," Tom Hanks revealed his Type 2 diabetes diagnosis. "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,'" Tom shared. Luckily, according to the "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood" star, "it's controllable." The same year, Tom admitted, according to the Independent, that "the gaining and the losing of weight [I've had to do for roles] may have had something to do with it because you eat so much bad food and you don't … exercise when you're heavy."
In 2021, "Pose" star Billy Porter, who was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and HIV in 2007, talked to Marie Claire about his healthy habits amidst coronavirus lockdowns. "First of all, I eat well. I'm diabetic. My diet is a lot of vegetables. But I pretty much eat a bowl of oatmeal with some fruit and cinnamon and sweetened with agave every day. And have my Nespresso coffee," he said. "I do drink a lot of coffee. It's not the cheapest coffee, but it's really good."
Actress Gabourey Sidibe has spoken candidly about her struggle with Type 2 diabetes, including how she underwent laparoscopic bariatric surgery after more than 10 years of trying to lose weight on her own. "I truly didn't want to worry about all the effects that go along with diabetes," she told People magazine in 2017. "I genuinely [would] worry all the time about losing my toes."
Former "The View" co-host Sherri Shepherd was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 2007. "If I didn't have diabetes, I would probably be at the International House of Pancakes eating a stack of pancakes with butter and syrup," she told USA Today. "I would probably be 250 pounds. I would not be going to the doctor." After getting diagnosed, Sherri said she "learned how to eat."
In 2010, "The Price Is Right" host Drew Carey dropped 80 pounds, which allowed him to stop taking medication for Type 2 diabetes. "I'm not diabetic anymore. No medication needed," he told People magazine. "I was sick of being fat on the camera. Really, I just got sick of it. Once I started losing weight, again, like once I started dropping a couple pant sizes, then it was easy 'cause once you see the results then you don't wanna stop."
Patti LaBelle found out that she had Type 2 diabetes when she collapsed on stage because of the disease in 1994. "Taking my pots and pans on the road was the best thing I could have done because I could control what I put in my food and avoid all the things that aren't good for diabetes," the singer told People magazine in 2017. "Cooking for myself is why I'm still here."
"Star Wars" franchise creator George Lucas is another notable celebrity who's long lived with the disease. He first found out he had Type 2 diabetes when he was 23 during a physical after being drafted for the Vietnam War. As a result, he was no longer able to join the U.S. Army.
Former Food Network star Paula Deen in 2009 revealed that she had Type 2 diabetes. The diagnosis led her to drop 40 pounds. "I do think differently now," she told People magazine in 2012 of her food habits. "I'm more aware." The previously butter-obsessed chef continued, "It took me a couple of years to get to this point… If you make a few small changes, they can add up to big results."
"I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes back in the 1990s," actor James Earl Jones told Healthline in 2016. "I was attending a program for diet and exercise, trying to lose some weight. Actors regularly take time off to lose weight for roles you're playing. I fell asleep one day while sitting on a bench in a gymnasium, and a doctor who happened to be there saw me and said, 'That isn't normal.'"
In his 2008 book "Body with Soul: Shed Pounds, End Diabetes, and Transform Your Health," former "American Idol" judge Randy Jackson detailed his experience living with Type 2 diabetes. "It's a curse to be saddled with a disease that's life threatening and that you can't completely get rid of (though you can certainly manage it). But it's a blessing to get that huge wake-up call," he wrote. The musician-producer was diagnosed in 1999 after he went to the emergency room. "My doctor had ordered a series of tests, including one that would determine the level of sugar in my blood. A short time later, I got the bad news. 'It's kind of what I thought,' my doctor told me. 'You have Type 2 diabetes. Your blood sugar is over 500.'"