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Whether type 1 or type 2, diabetes can be a debilitating disease – if you let it. With proper medication and a healthy lifestyle, most diabetics can go on to live normal lives and accomplish great things. Just look at some of the musicians, entertainers, politicians and athletes who have overcome their diabetes to enjoy highly successful careers.
Celebrities diagnosed with Type I diabetes include:
- Mary Tyler Moore
- Bret Michaels
- Sonia Sotomayor
- Nick Jonas
- Sharon Stone
- Jean Smart
- Victor Garber
- David Crosby
Despite the problems managing blood sugar, you can have type 1 diabetes and still be a world-class athlete, as evidenced by retired U.S. national team swimmer Gary Hall, Jr. A year after being diagnosed with the disease, Hall outpaced the top aquatic sprinters in the world to win an individual gold medal in the 50 meter freestyle at the 2004 Summer Olympics. This was after doctors had said he would never again compete at the Olympic level. Since then, Hall has dedicated himself to supporting research to find a cure for the disease, including serving as a spokesperson for the Diabetes Research Institute.
Although less severe than type 1, type 2 diabetes can still have a big impact on a person’s health and lifestyle. Despite their type 2 diagnosis, the following celebrities have managed to carve out very successful careers:
- Tom Hanks
- Halle Berry
- Paula Dean
- Larry King
- Randy Jackson
- Billie Jean King
- Drew Carey
- Patti LaBelle
- Tracy Morgan
- Ben Vereen
Type 2 Diabetes can be managed and even cured by eating the right foods, getting plenty of exercise, and taking the right medications. These lifestyle changes help to control weight and keep blood glucose at healthy levels. By closely following their prescribed daily regimen, diabetics can live long and healthy lives – and rise to the top of their professions.
Hemophilia is a hereditary, lifelong bleeding disorder that can result in prolonged bleeding into muscles or joints. It typically produces problems with blood clotting, and may cause hemophiliacs to bleed longer than normal, even with minor injuries. Here are 10 things you need to know about the disease and its effects on those who have it.
1. Hemophilia is very rare, and is more prevalent in males than females.
2. The most common type is hemophilia A, where the person does not have enough clotting factor 8. Hemophilia B, where the person lacks sufficient clotting factor 9, is less common. Both types bleed longer than normal.
3. Hemophilia can be mild, moderate, or severe. People with severe hemophilia usually bleed one to two times per week.
4. Bleeding in hemophiliacs is often spontaneous, with no obvious reason for the bleeding.
5. Symptoms can vary from person to person. Some hemophiliacs experience more frequent bruising.
6. Hemophiliacs that suffer a head injury should receive immediate medical attention – even in the absence of external bleeding.
7. Hemophiliacs should not take aspirin or any type of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, as these can interfere with the blood clotting process.
8. Exercise and sports can benefit most hemophiliacs because they promote muscle growth, which can minimize spontaneous bleeds and joint damage. Contact sports like football and rugby are not recommended.
9. The life expectancy of hemophiliacs varies depending on when the individual receives proper medical treatment. If diagnosed and treated early, children can look forward to a normal life expectancy.
10. Help is available. Most areas have support groups to help hemophiliacs and their families cope with the disease.
Thanks to today’s earlier interventions and more sophisticated medical treatments, hemophilia is no longer the devastating disease it used to be. Most hemophiliacs can lead relatively normal lives.
The heart is the most important organ in the human body. If it stops pumping oxygen-rich blood throughout the body, nothing else will work. So it pays to take a few simple steps to keep it in good operating condition. Here are five tips to achieve and maintain good heart health. Continue reading
While many people are aware of the basic concept of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), the importance of finding, purchasing, and consuming non-GMO products is greatly increasing. Over 80% of the food consumed in North America contains genetically modified organisms (1), which means that unless we’re seeking out non-GMO products on a regular basis, we are likely consuming laboratory-modified foods quite consistently. So what is the best way to ensure that you are purchasing and eating non-GMO products? Continue reading