Diabetes doesn't discriminate — not even against some of the world's most well-known and beloved celebrities. From actors to athletes, there are more familiar faces than you might think on the long list of those affected by the chronic condition.More
Despite being known for her fat- and sugar-filled Southern dishes, celebrity chef Paula Deen was stunned when she was given a type 2 diabetes diagnosis in 2002. Now at 69 years old, she's coping just fine with an adjustment to her diet.
"I ignored it the first couple years. I thought the doctor was wrong," she said during a segment on The View. "But I have rearranged my plate now. Do I still eat comfort food? Absolutely. But I don't do it as often."
One of the younger celebrities to open up about his diabetes, musician Nick Jonas, now 24, has lived with type 1 since he was 13 years old.
"As I've grown into a young man and my body has changed, I'm definitely noticing changes in my diabetes," Jonas told Diabetes Forecast. "It's continually changing — it's not like I get in a good place and it stays there. Every day I have to watch, to look at it, to make sure that everything is cool and still intact, to make sure I'm doing the best I can to manage it. There are definitely times, though, that I feel like saying, 'I don't want to deal with this; I just want to have this Gatorade or slice of pizza and not have to deal,' but I have to take it one step at a time, and I do."