Having diabetes often necessitates making long-term lifestyle changes but it does not mean life has to be curtailed. Numerous well-known people lead interesting and successful lives with diabetes.
Athletes with diabetes can achieve at the highest level although careful control over the disease is required.
Few ambitious goals are stopped by diabetes but there are limits. Putting on weight to fulfill an acting job, for example, is not an option.
And being famous does not prevent the dramatic way in which, for example, type 1 diabetes can first appear, as actress Halle Berry knows only too well.
Five-time Olympic gold champion lives with diabetes
An athlete with a collection of Olympic medals in rowing was diagnosed with diabetes between winning his fourth and fifth golds.
The British athlete Sir Steve Redgrave was diagnosed at the age of 35 and needed to make big changes to his lifestyle, at first trying a different diet but finding he still needed the high energy intake of his previous diet for his sport. He has to take numerous daily insulin injections and carries emergency sugar with him when he is out on the water.
If that is not inspiring enough, Sir Steve Redgrave also manages another chronic condition, the inflammatory bowel disease ulcerative colitis. In fact, it was treatment for this disease that led to his form of insulin-dependent diabetes.
Tom Hanks has made changes for diabetes
Gaining weight for acting roles may have contributed to Tom Hanks' diabetes.
The world-famous actor Tom Hanks has found the need to adjust to life with diabetes and, as a result, certain things are now out of bounds to him.
Hanks has taken on acting roles in the past that required him to gain a lot of weight, something his type 2 diabetes - which may have been caused by these weight gains - no longer allows him to do.
Also out of reach for the actor are the pizzas that he formerly enjoyed eating while putting on weight.
Diabetes creates a TV drama
Another world-famous actor, Halle Berry, lives with diabetes. Her type 1 condition was diagnosed under dramatic circumstances at the age of 23.
During the filming of TV show Living Dolls, Berry lapsed into a coma as a result of hyperglycemia suffered before she was diagnosed with diabetes.
List of famous people with diabetes
Yuri Andropov - late Soviet leader
Halle Berry - actor; see above
Johnny Cash - singer who died with diabetes complications
Dick Clark - TV and radio personality
Aretha Franklin - singer and musician
Mikhail Gorbachev - former Soviet leader
Tom Hanks - actor; see above
Chaka Khan - funk singer-songwriter
Nicole Johnson - Miss America 1999 and diabetes campaigner
B. B. King - blues musician
Billie Jean King - tennis player
Larry King - broadcaster
Patti LaBelle - soul singer
George Lucas - filmmaker
George Minot - Nobel Prize winner for medicine and one of the first recipients of insulin treatment
Steve Redgrave - athlete; see above
Aida Turturro - actor
Mae West - actor.