From Kamal Hasan To Samantha: Celebrities Who Made It Big Despite Diabetes Challenges

Managing diabetes, especially type 1 diabetes, can be tough. It can be more challenging when you have it from an early age.

Written by: Varun Verma Updated at: 2023-03-12 19:00

Managing diabetes, especially type 1 diabetes, can be tough. It can be more challenging when you have it from an early age. In this journey, you can feel sad and depressed and think that the disease is taking over your life. Glucose is one of the important sources of energy in the body. So, if this power system is disrupted, your body will have many negative consequences. People who have diabetes are also more prone to the onset of other diseases. Their increased sugar levels can harm their kidneys, heart, vision, and brain. Thus, its management becomes essential to have a healthy and happy life. But this may require you to put in more effort than normal. From constant glucose monitoring to giving insulin pumps, things can be challenging. But one should not lose hope and strive to achieve better in life. This article lists some celebrities who made it big despite dealing with type 1 diabetes.

What Is Type 1 Diabetes?

While talking to OnlyMyHealth, Miss Raniwal, a Diabetes Educator at Sitaram Bhartia Institute of Science and Research, said that in type 1 or juvenile diabetes, the pancreas fails to produce insulin, a hormone that controls blood sugar levels. Although it can happen at any age, the illness often manifests in children and young people.

She further added that type 1 diabetes could develop in those who are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in their 20s who have it for a prolonged period of time. This occurs when the pancreas has an infection and is unable to produce insulin.

The symptoms of type 1 diabetes include fatigue, dizziness, blurred vision, unexplained weight gain, increased thirst, and increased frequency of urination with a fruity smell.

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Celebrities Who Suffer From Type 1 Diabetes

Miss Mahima emphasised that parents should encourage their children by giving examples of celebrities who made it big despite having type 1 diabetes.

Kamal Haasan 

Kamal Haasan is a popular Indian movie star who has given blockbusters like Vikram and Nayakan. This 68-year-old superstar, who has type 1 diabetes, has given many gems to the Indian cinema and was even awarded Padma Shree and Padma Bhushan awards.

Samantha Ruth Prabhu

Another name on the list is Samantha Ruth Prabhu, who impressed everyone with her marvellous acting in various movies and web series, like season two of The Family Man, Yashoda, and Theri. It was in 2013, when she got diagnosed with diabetes, but that did not stop her from shining bright.

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Fawad Khan 

Fawad Khan, the Pakistani actor, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the young age of 17. Fawad has worked in many Bollywood films, like Kapoor & Sons, Khoobsurat, and Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and has mesmerised everyone with his acting skills.

Sonam Kapoor 

Like Fawad Khan, Soman Kapoor was also diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was 17 years old, which she inherited. But she did not let the disease come in the way of her dreams. Sonam Kapoor has given many hits like Neerja and Raanjhanaa.

These superstars beat the perception that you cannot make big and live happily if you have type-1 diabetes.


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