The Faces of Type 2 Diabetes

I always had to diet. I'm diabetic, so it's a lifestyle for me anyway just to stay healthy and not end up in the hospital. - Halle Berry

I chalk up the fact that I got diabetes to my body saying, 'Dude, you have been doing wrong for way too long!' - Randy Jackson

I am a type-2 diabetic, and they took me off medication simply because I ate right and exercised. Diabetes is not like a cancer, where you go in for chemo and radiation. You can change a lot through a basic changing of habits. - Sherri Shepherd

I have high blood sugars, and Type 2 diabetes is not going to kill me. But I just have to eat right, and exercise, and lose weight, and watch what I eat, and I will be fine for the rest of my life. - Tom Hanks

Phife Dawg (ATCQ)

Taylor made his long-running battle with Type 2 diabetes public in the 1993 song “Oh My God,” rapping, “When’s the last time you heard a funky diabetic?” His condition was aggravated, by an uncontrolled sweet tooth, he admitted in Beats, Rhymes and Life, a 2011 documentary about the history of Tribe, where Taylor said: “Like straight-up drugs. I’m just addicted to sugar.

Anthony Anderson (star of Blackish)

TV Star Anthony Anderson
Anthony Anderson and costar Tracee Ellis Ross on Blackish

I knew what the symptoms of diabetes were—my father was a diabetic—and I was like, “Wow, I think I need to go to the doctor and get this checked out.” (Actually, my wife said that.) I went the next morning and had elevated glucose levels and he said, “You know”—ding, ding!—”you’re a type 2 diabetic.”




Sonam Kapoor (Bollywood actress)

Sonam Kapoor
While there are reports that Kapoor is suffering from diabetes, she rubbishes them.

“I don’t have it. I have insulin resistance because I am suffering from PCOD. So, I’m on the borderline and am prone to develop diabetes. I have been on medication for the past six years to avert the condition,” says Sonam.

Talking about the regimen she follows to prevent the ailment, Sonam says, “Since I have excessive insulin in my body, consuming excessive sugar or putting on weight can be harmful for me, and I might develop diabetes. So, I am very particular about my eating habits and I work out regularly.”

Ghostface Killah (Wu-Tang)

In his “Trials of Life” (on 2010’s Wallabee Champ), Ghost says, “In ’96, When my chain was thick/my body went through a change quick/not the same kid/lost 30 pounds rapidly/my neck got skinny. …Then I found that I was diabetic/but my conscience was telling me ‘Ghost, baby boy, not to sweat it,’/so I built my confidence back up/work out, eat right/stay strong so I can continue to eat these mics.”

It inspired him to reach out to others, too. In 2011, he started Making Diabetes Ghost, a nonprofit organization with goals of providing education, support and treatment to people affected by diabetes, “to ‘Ghost’ the disease and silence its echoes.”