Famous people with diabetes face challenges like everyone else
Extend Nutrition snacks help manage disease
When NASCAR driver Ryan Reed was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes two years ago, he was told his career as a professional racecar driver was over.
Doctors, he told espn.com, said racing was too dangerous because of his need for continuous blood sugar monitoring and blood sugar irregularities. Reed has Type 1 diabetes, a chronic condition in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin. Insulin is necessary for energy and life.
Reed sought other opinions and is now a spokesperson for the disease that affects the body’s ability to produce or use insulin. He is one of the nearly 26 million Americans living with diabetes.
The most important strategy for people with diabetes to stay healthy is to keep the blood sugar as close to "normal" as possible. Put simply: blood sugar that is too high or too low causes health problems.
Extend Nutrition snacks, created by Dr. Francine Kaufman, are the only snacks clinically proven to help control blood sugar for up to 9 hours.
They have been used by celebrities such as Bret Michaels, NASCAR driver Ryan Reed, PGA golfer Vance Veazey, LPGA golfer Carri Wood, and country singer Carrie Underwood.
Famous people with diabetes:
Actors / Directors:
Halle Berry, Oscar-winning actress
Wilford Brimley, of television and films, “Cocoon” and “The Firm”
J. Anthony Brown, actor (“Drumline”), comedian
Delta Burke, of television’s “Designing Women”
Nell Carter, of the television show “Gimme a Break”
Dick Clark, television emcee, producer
Stephen Furst, actor on the television shows “St. Elsewhere” and “Babylon 5”
Victor Garber, actor (“Alias,” “Titanic,” “Sleepless in Seattle”)
Dorian Gregory, actor (“Charmed,” “The Other half”)
Tom Hanks, actor
Nicole Johnson, Miss America 1999
Zippora Karz, former New York City Ballet soloist, ballet teacher
Larry King, talk show host
Jerry Lewis, comedian, telethon host
Jerry Mathers, actor of “Leave It To Beaver” fame
Mary Tyler Moore, actress and star of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”
Park Overall, actress (“Empty Nest”)
Elizabeth Perkins, Golden Globe and Emmy award-nominated actress.
Della Reese, singer, actress (“Touched by an Angel”)
Jean Smart, actress on “Designing Women”
Elaine Stritch, comedian
Elizabeth Taylor, actress
Arthur Ashe, tennis legend
Walter Barnes, former Philadelphia Eagle turned actor
Jake Byrne, NFL pro football player, TE for the Houston Texans (as of 2013 season)
Ty Cobb, baseball player for the Detroit Tigers
B.J. Crombeen, NHL hockey player
Buster Douglas, boxer
Kenny Duckett, football player for the New Orleans Saints
Del Ennis, baseball player
Missy Foy, marathon runner
“Smokin’” Joe Frazier, boxer
Kris Freeman, Cross-country skier
Gary Hall Jr., Olympic Gold Medal Swimmer
Catfish Hunter, pitcher for the Oakland A’s and the New York Yankees
Charlie Kimball, Indy Car driver
Sugar Ray Leonard, boxer
Adam Morrison, NBA basketball player
Brandon Morrow, MLB baseball player
Ryan Reed, NASCAR
DriverRyan was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 17, he is now (as of October 2013) 19 years old and racing on the NASCAR Nationwide Series for Roush Fenway Racing. Visit: DriveToStopDiabetes.org
Ham Richardson, tennis pro
Jackie Robinson, baseball star who broke the color barrier in the Major Leagues
Sugar Ray Robinson, boxer
Ron Santo, MLB baseball player
Jerry Stackhouse, NBA Player
Vance Veazay, PGA Golfer:
“I recently began to struggle with episodes of hypoglycemia. And in my profession that's a killer! I tried many different products to keep me from going low, but Extend Bar works better than the rest--by far. These days I always carry one in my pocket.”
Vance currently plays on the Web.com PGA Tour.
Scott Verplank, PGA golfer
Jersey Joe Walcott, boxer
David “Boomer” Wells, major league pitcher
Dominique Wilkins, basketball player
Carri Wood, LPGA golfer:
“I have found that Extend Bar has helped me out tremendously on the golf course in controlling my sugar level and not allowing me to get too high or too low at times during the round.”
“Also, having celiac sprue, Extend Bar is a great product that I can eat and not have to worry about it affecting my diet. It's a wonderful product that I think all professional athletes could benefit from in any sport.”
Carri played throughout the USA, Europe, and Asia from 1994 through 2012.
Wade Wilson, NFL quarterback
Ray Anderson, jazz trombonist
Carol Channing, Tony Award-winning singer/actress in “Hello Dolly”
Mark Collie, contemporary country star
David Crosby, member of The Byrds and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Phife Dawg, rapper, (“A Tribe Called Quest”)
Mick Fleetwood, singer in rock band Fleetwood Mac
Aretha Franklin, The Queen of Soul
Shirley Horn, Grammy-winning jazz singer
Marvin Isley, singer, The Isley Brothers
Waylon Jennings, country singer
Nick Jonas, lead singer, the Jonas Brothers
B.B. King, rhythm and blues star
Patti LaBelle, pop singer
Tommy Lee, of heavy metal band Motley Crue
Meat Loaf, singer
Bret Michaels, lead singer of the rock group Poison
Jessica Stone, actress and singer
Menachem Begin, Israeli prime minister
Marion Barry, former mayor of Washington, D.C.
Mikhail Gorbachev, former Soviet premier
Mike Huckabee, governor of Arkansas
Janet Jagan, president of Guyana
Bill Janklow, former governor and congressman, South Dakota
Wei Jengsheng, Chinese dissident
James Lloyd, congressman, California
Winnie Mandela, South African anti-apartheid leader
Buddy Roemer, governor, Louisiana
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1) Diabeteshealth.com: Mulry, Connors and Trecroci. “Famous People with Diabetes.” Diabetes Health. Dec 17, 2008. Web, June 1, 2013.
2) ESPN.com: James. “Ryan Reed’s race against diabetes.” ESPN.com. Apr. 24, 2013.