Halle Berry is one of the highest-paid Hollywood Oscar-winning actresses and is best known for her roles as Catwoman and Bond girl. What some of her fans may not know is that she has diabetes.
During the filming of the TV series Living Dolls in 1989, the actress collapsed and was rushed to the hospital. She fell into a diabetic coma and remained unconscious for a week. When Halle woke up, doctors told her she had type 1 diabetes.
Doctors told the actress that having type 1 diabetes means she’s insulin-dependent. She would have to change her diet completely, check her blood sugar a few times a day, and inject insulin when needed. Doctors also told her about the complications that can result from the condition, such as vision loss, kidney failure, and cardiovascular disease. Halle was terrified.
Halle Berry had never thought she could develop diabetes. She was young, fit, and had no family history of the condition. But people of African American descent are at a higher risk of diabetes, and that may have been the only risk factor that she had.
Halle follows a ketogenic diet, which is a diet low in carbs and high in healthy fats. After she was diagnosed, the actress started eating more fresh vegetables, pasta, fish, and chicken, stopped eating red meat, and had to limit fruits in her diet because of their high sugar content. She exercises regularly and does yoga to stay in good shape. Diabetes actually made her stronger. She told The Daily Mail:
Diabetes turned out to be a gift. It gave me strength and toughness because I had to face reality, no matter how uncomfortable or painful it was.
In 2007, Halle Berry announced that she stopped injecting insulin. When asked about the news, doctors said that the actress actually has type 2 diabetes and was initially misdiagnosed. They came to such a conclusion because people with type 1 don’t produce any insulin and have to inject it to survive. The initial diagnosis that turned out to be wrong is attributed to the fact that people who are young and in good shape rarely develop type 2 diabetes, and the onset of type 2 is gradual.
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