You might be surprised to know that some of your favorite celebrities also
have type 1 diabetes.
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Jay Cutler
Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes
in 2008 after he lost 35 pounds and felt like he had no energy.  But Cutler
hasn't let diabetes sideline him. Cutler now wears an insulin pump and
carefully monitors his blood sugar before, during and after each game.
Mary Tyler Moore
Mary Tyler Moore was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was 30
after being hospitalized following a miscarriage. A routine blood test taken
during her hospitalization recorded a blood sugar of 750, which prompted
the start of insulin therapy. Moore, best known for her years on,
The Mary
Tyler Moore Show
and The Dick Van Dyke Show has appeared in many
other television shows and movies and been honored with numerous
awards. Moore has long been active in promoting diabetes research and
has served as the International Chairman of the Juvenile Diabetes
Research Foundation for several years.
Bret Michaels
Bret Michaels, lead singer for the band Poison, was diagnosed with type 1
diabetes when he was 6 years old. He hasn’t let diabetes deter him from a
successful music career that has sold over 25 million records and includes
15 Top 40 singles. His work has now expanded into film production,
writing, directing and acting. He currently has a reality television show
Rock of Love. Michaels takes four insulin injections each day and
tests his blood eight times a day.  He recently won The Celebrity
Apprentice and pledged his $250,000 award to the American Diabetes
Nick Jonas
Nick Jonas, lead singer and guitarist for the Jonas Brothers was 13 years
old when he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. His blood sugar was over
700 at the time and required him to be  hospitalized to get his blood sugar
under control. It wasn’t until 2007, two years after his diagnosis, that he
made an announcement about his diabetes while playing at a Diabetes
Research Institute carnival. Since that time he has become a great
inspiration for many young people with diabetes. Jonas is quoted as
saying, “I want to let kids know that it doesn’t have to be so hard. The
most important thing is to never ever let yourself get down about having
Scott Verplank
Scott Verplank knows the health challenges first hand, having been
diagnosed at the age of nine when his mother found him lapsed in a
diabetic coma.  Verplank credits his success to his diligence in testing his
blood sugar levels and in the insulin pump he uses to monitor his
diabetes.  Verplank was quoted as saying “Testing is my best remedy to
stay on top of my control, and then I adjust my insulin and food to my
results while I’m out on the golf course.”  A winner of multiple PGA Tour
tournaments, he was awarded the 2002 Ben Hogan Award, given by the
Golf Writers Association of America to an individual who has continued to
be active in golf despite a physical handicap or serious illness.
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