Diseases are no respecter of person, and celebrities certainly aren’t immune to contracting, or developing diseases and ailments. People are people, regardless of what they do for a living, and we’re all susceptible to a myriad of shared experiences. There are many celebrities who suffer from diabetes, and many who have been vocal about their struggle in an effort help others who are also suffering. Yes, the iconic Wilford Brimley is known for his outspoken campaign in proactively treating “Diabetus,” but there are several other celebrities who have voiced support to the worldwide community of diagnosed patients.
8. Patti LaBelle — Type 2
Pattie LaBelle was well aware that diabetes ran in her family, but she had no idea she had developed the disease until she passed out on stage, during a performance. During her examination, Patti was asked if she knew she had diabetes. Even understanding her family history, her diagnosis came as a shock. She struggled with the thought of the disease more than she did with the disease itself, and ignored her diagnosis for the first few years. Complications from diabetes led to the death of her mother, aunt and grandmother. The thought of struggling the way these mentors did was not something she found appealing. So, Patti began to make some changes. She has been an advocate, and supporter for diabetes management through healthful living, and she has been open to share her experience with the public and others who are dealing with the same diagnosis.