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Famous type 2s - Do they keep it a secret?

Discussion in 'Type 2 Diabetes' started by BAZZA_P, May 26, 2011.

  1. BAZZA_P

    BAZZA_P · Well-Known Member

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    I mean just browsing you don't tend to find many famous Type 2 diabetics and if you do they are mainly of a more eldery age. From what ive realised since diagnosis there are many people in their 20s 30s 40s etc who have type 2 but i cant find many famous ones? Do you think they keep it a secret i dont know maybe scared of some kind of stigma i dont know? What do you guys think?
     
  2. ebony321

    ebony321 · Well-Known Member

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    Thats a very good question, you hear of many celebrities and athletes with Type 1 diabetes but i don't think i've heard of any with Type 2.

    I shall google and see what i can find :)
     
  3. ebony321

    ebony321 · Well-Known Member

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    Well i googled,

    and the second link was this very website, out of all that were listed 2 were confirmed Type 2 and one was unconfirmed which type;

    Ayden Byle
    Name:
    Ayden Byle
    Date of birth:
    1975
    Diabetes Type:
    Type 2
    Ayden Byle is a world-famous runner, though probably best known in North America.
    He is also one of the most well known diabetics in North America as a result of running 6521.5 kilometres across it.


    Type 2 diabetes
    Byle sufers with type 2 diabetes and as such he was the first insulin dependent diabetic run the great distance. His efforts raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for diabetes cure research.


    ..........

    Type 1 or type 2?
    It is unreported whether Aretha Franklin is an insulin dependent diabetic, however whether it be type 1 or type 2, this legend has not let having the condition interfere with a career stretching over fifty years and should therefore be an inspiration to anyone.


    ..............

    Randy Jackson
    Name:
    Randall Darius Jackson
    Date of birth:
    June 23, 1956
    Hometown:
    Baton Rouge, USA
    Diabetes Type:
    Type 2
    Randy Jackson is probably best known as a judge on the hit TV series American Idol. Randy, a type 2 diabetic, is also a Grammy Award winning record producer and himself a musical talent who started performing at the age of 17.


    :)
     
  4. anna29

    anna29 Type 2 · Well-Known Member
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    Hiya, isnt the olympic rower steve redgrave and gary mabbott [played for tottenham] diabetics? Anna.
     
  5. Snodger

    Snodger · Well-Known Member

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    Steve Redgrave and Gary Mabbutt are both type 1.

    the comedian Arthur Smith is type 2 and writes a column for Balance - at least he used to. Haven't had a Balance for a while... :?:
     
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    Sue o2 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    BAZZA_P · Well-Known Member

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    The columist and former radio host Jon Gaunt has Type 2. There must be more famous UK people who have it like people in bands , in films on tv etc
     
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    Squadron Leader Type 2 · Active Member

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    Sir Steve Redgrave is Type 2. (Source: Diabetes UK)

    I've got a question though... Is it really important for someone in the public eye to reveal that they are diabetic? It doesn't make them a better/ worse actor/musician/ athlete/ etc.
    so why should we know about it?

    I don't reveal to all and sundry that I'm diabetic (it's not relevant to who I am as a person or what I do), so why should they?

    K
     
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    ZACNEMMA · Well-Known Member

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    Steve Redgrave - type 1 definitely not type 2
     
  11. ebony321

    ebony321 · Well-Known Member

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    I think it's good that famous people reveal they have diabetes, it shows that diabetes doesn't hinder and that people can still acheive their dreams :) Makes for a good role model for say a teenager or child with diabetes i think!
     
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    Halle Berry is Type 2 and gorgeous!
     
  13. anna29

    anna29 Type 2 · Well-Known Member
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    Hiya all... halle berry type 2 ??? wow.... there's hope for me then!!! Anna.x
     
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    pheobe · Member

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    i have believe Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber is a type 2
    and the Late great Elvis Presley a diabetic but not sure which type
     
  15. Sid Bonkers

    Sid Bonkers Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Lets not forget I am T2 8)

    I dont like to make a fuss about it but people I dont even know mention me on their blogs [​IMG]
     
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    Sorry but steve redgrave is actually T2 diabetic

    He started using insulin while training as he was on high carb/calorie diet for training purposes, so it was easier to keep his blood glucose stable using insulin instead of oral medication..

    He still uses insulin he's has had a pump for quite a few years and now wears a CGM sensor but he is a T2 diabetic still... If you watch his pormotion video for a GMC he states he's T2 on this
     
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    I think maybe a lot of T2's keep it a secret. There is a heck of a stigma. Someone at work last week accused me of being a massive drain on the NHS and his tax payments because I got a free prescription. It really can be quite upsetting to hear these ignorant statements. The media doesn't help either with t2 always seemingly associated with obesity.
     
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    Jim H · Active Member

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    The only one that comes to mind is Paul O'Neill, (Touring car Driver and brother of Mel C). However I would imagine he is Type 1 not T2. He was diagnosed in 2004 and had to stop racing, (Racing was licence was temporarily withdrawn) until it the condition was brought under control.
     
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    Sara_Bubastis · Newbie

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    http://www.everydayhealth.com/type-2-diabetes-pictures/celebrities-with-type-2-diabetes.aspx

    Hi there! I'm new and this post interested me, so I looked up on Google and found this.

    Also allegedly the ancient Egyptian Queen Hatshepsut was diabetic- not sure of which type though! :wink:
     
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    Paul O'neill type 1
     
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