These Celebrities Prove That Diabetes Doesn't Have to Slow You Down

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According to the American Diabetes Association, about 1.5 million people in the United States are diagnosed with one of the different types of diabetes every year. Diabetes, which includes Type 1, Type 2 and Type 1.5, is a group of health conditions that affect the way your body is able to use food for energy. When you have diabetes, your body doesn’t use a natural hormone called insulin the way it’s meant to. This causes sugar from the food you eat to stay in your bloodstream, and this can result in a number of other conditions that affect your overall health and quality of life.

The various types of diabetes affect people of all ages and from all walks of life. That includes celebrities, who have to factor their diagnoses into their fast-paced lifestyles. This goes to show that diabetes doesn't have to slow you down. The following celebrities haven’t let their diabetes stop them from living active and fulfilling lives — they’ve even used their platforms to help advocate for diabetes awareness and research and empower people around the world who live with the condition.