Celebrities & DIABETES
We admire them, we cherish them, we love them and we will be happy to be in their place. Whether you are a fan or not there is no denying that our lives have been affected by many larger than life celebrities from Bollywood and Hollywood circle. But have you thought how their lives may also get affected by diabetes? Yes, they have plenty of resources to get the best treatment, have a best dietician to manage their daily food intake which may help them manage diabetes, they can hire the best of trainers who can help them to do exercises which helps in avoiding diabetes but once they have acquired diabetes either Type 1 or Type 2 - they can’t get rid of it.
No, Amitabh Bachchan is not diabetic. The legend has managed his life and health so well that he has been able to avoid diabetes. We really wish him to stay away from this dreaded disease forever. Senior Bachchan is though involved in promoting the cause and spread awareness in general public to avoid diabetes. Reportedly, on his 70th birthday a mobile diabetes unit was launched in the name of megastar Amitabh Bachchan, which will conduct free diabetes tests. It was launched by the living legend himself. It was exciting to read his tweet following the inauguration, which read, "Inaugurated 'Amitabh' the mobile diabetes unit from Silver Star, the noble charitable organisation that I patronise, in Mumbai". "Free diabetes tests conducted by these mobile units... proud to be associated with it in patron, and to contribute for its extension," Big B further posted.
Among the other popular faces of India’s movie industry suffering from diabetes is the Charismatic Southern Star and my personal favorite who has given many brilliant performances - The Kamal Hassan. Unluckily, type 1 diabetes had been with him along with this stardom. In type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life. With the help of insulin therapy and other treatments, even young children can learn to “manage” their condition and live longer and healthier lives - have you noted the word, “managed”? Yes, we all know how diabetes is incurable and it can only be just managed. At this age and with the hectic work regime he has always immersed himself in, it’s a blessing that he has managed to control his diabetes through exercise and by adopting healthier eating habits.
Type1 diabetes has also affected the young and dynamic VJ turned cricket commenter at IPL. Gaurav Kapur. At the age of 22 he was diagnosed with diabetes. Ask him his mantra for controlling the diabetes? His answer will be quick, exercise routine and healthier eating habits.
Among many international celebrities who have disclosed their health status so as to inspire the general public in working harder and achieving a diabetes free life are; Halle Berry and Academy Award winner Tom Hanks. One thing is for sure, their determination and dedication have helped them and their perseverance may help us to be inspired. Always!
There is no cure for diabetes but it is certainly avoidable. You can learn how to avoid diabetes by calculating your risk of type 2 diabetes which is dependent on your genetic factors and lifestyle by logging at www.Grass-Diabetes.com
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Eat Good. Stay Active. Avoid Diabetes.
Dr. M Singhal