Celebrities with Diabetes & Role Of Physiotherapy

People often think that type 2 diabetes strikes only the overweight and sedentary, or unhealthy eaters.

But anyone can be diagnosed with diabetes, even world-class athletes, or the rich and famous.

Halle Berry - an American Actress, Producer, and former Model

Actress Berry was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 22 after she became ill and slipped into a weeklong coma. In 2007, however, Berry announced that she’d weaned herself off insulin.


Salma Hayek- a Mexican-American film actress & producer

The Oscar-nominee had gestational diabetes, which happens during pregnancy, while expecting her daughter, Valentina. Hayek has a family history of diabetes. Experts say all women should get checked for gestational diabetes when they are 24-28 weeks pregnant.

Billie Jean King- American former World No. 1 Tennis Player

"Anyone can develop diabetes, even an athlete," says tennis champion Billie Jean King, who was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes at age 63.

To keep her condition under control, she exercises frequently, takes medication, and tests her blood sugar once or twice a day.

Tom Hanks - an American Actor and Filmmaker

Celebrities with Diabetes

The Oscar-winning actor announced he has type 2 diabetes when late-night host David Letterman commented on his newly slim figure in October 2013. Hanks gained 30 and lost 50 pounds for A League of Their Own and Cast Away, respectively, among other roles that required weight changes.

Bret Michaels - an American Singer and Musician

Celebrities with Diabetes

Bret Michaels, 46, is best known as a VH1 reality star (Rock of Love) and the lead singer of the rock band Poison. Michaels was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 6, but didn't go public about his condition until shortly after the release of Poison's first album.

Can we control Diabetes with Physiotherapy?

Yes, Physiotherapy is an ancient science, which involves physical treatment techniques, and the use of electrotherapeutic and mechanical agents – rather than drug therapy – for the management of a condition. 

Physiotherapists can help people to maintain good blood glucose control and achieve optimal weight. Physiotherapists, with their knowledge of physiology & anatomy, can suggest specific exercises for people with coexisting complications, cautioning against certain movements that might be detrimental to their health.

"As the number of people with diabetes continues to rise, and as the existing diabetes population ages, the need for efficient physiotherapy services will continue to grow."

-Kishore Kumar, Founder NAP