Bret Michaels, Diabetic Lead Singer of Poison

This article was originally published in Diabetes Health in August, 2007.

| Sep 22, 2008

Bret Michaels was only six years old when he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Now 44 years old, he's a twenty-year veteran of the rock and roll scene as the lead singer of the eighties band "Poison."

Not one to slow down, he's soon going on tour with the band again.  And he's about to appear in his own Vh-1 reality show, in which several uninhibited women vie for his attention and spar with each other in an attempt to win his heart. But in spite of his raunchy public style and rocker persona, there's a deep undercurrent of mature common sense when it comes to his life with diabetes.

Living by the mantra "you can't bury your head in the sand," and the motto "mind, muscle, and motorcycles over matter," he works just as hard as he plays, which is pretty hard indeed.

An Early Diagnosis

Bret describes his diagnosis with type 1 diabetes at such a young age as a blessing in disguise because it has always been with him, accepted as part of life from the beginning. A very active child, he remembers feeling "really, really worn out," before his diagnosis, having a funny taste in his mouth and itchy skin, and being, of course, thirsty beyond belief.

His family attributed his symptoms to various temporary illnesses, so by the time he got to the hospital his sugar level was sky high and he was going into severe ketoacidosis. He remained in the hospital for three weeks, during which his parents helped him realize that "it's not going to be fun, but it's part of life now."

For the first few years of his life, Bret's parents gave him his single daily injection of slow-acting insulin in the morning. He was really thin and active, and he had more lows than highs. He went into insulin shock about four times when he was younger, once at the school cafeteria and once at home. That time, he almost bit his father's finger off while his dad, afraid that he was seizing, was trying to open his mouth.

At about age ten, Bret went to a diabetes camp, the optimistically named Camp Kno-Koma, where he met other diabetic children for the first time while learning to give himself shots and eat properly. He still feels strongly about the value of camp, and many of his fundraisers underwrite camp scholarships.

Bret's Current Regimen

Now Bret takes three injections a day, at breakfast, again at dinner, and then a little bit at night. In the morning he usually takes about six units of NPH; his dose of fast-acting Humalog depends on his blood sugar.

If he's at 78 mg/dl, he'll take about four units; if it's 220, he'll take eight or ten. His last A1c was around seven percent. "I know injections are a little old school," Bret comments, "but it's worked for me." He is moving toward getting a pump in the next year or two, but he isn't "cosmetically ready for the pump just yet."

Bret has two meters: he usually uses a FreeStyle Flash, but he also has an old LifeScan meter "the size of a brick" that he keeps with him all the time as a good luck talisman. He usually checks his blood glucose four to six times a day, but when he's on tour, he ups it to at least eight times a day. He doesn't want to dump sugar into his body thinking he needs it and then have a 350 blood sugar, but he also doesn't want to be on stage with a blood sugar of 42.

First thing in the morning, Bret eats a light breakfast of egg whites, wheat toast, and a little bit of peanut butter. Peanut butter is his " favorite food of all time. Man, I could eat a jar of it, and that's why I have to just keep it away from me."

He has a really light lunch, maybe a turkey sandwich without one of the bread slices. Sometime he just drinks a Boost or Glucerna for a pick-me-up at mid-day because "it gives a perfect balance of protein, carbs and fat, and it just gets me through without loading down on a whole lot of carbohydrates."

Bret takes a specially formulated packet of diabetes supplements every day, but he doesn't follow any particular formal diet. His main strategy is portion control: "Cut 'em back." He says, "The more carbs you pound in, the more your blood sugar's just going to rise. Your blood sugar goes high, you start to gain a lot of weight, and next thing you know, it's a lose, lose, lose situation that just spirals down."

Bret runs around a lot on stage, so he doesn't eat like to eat much before a concert and takes very little insulin before performing. The band has deliberately built two breaks into the show, a guitar solo and a drum solo, just so that Bret can go to the dressing room under the stage and check his blood sugar.

The stage is also stocked with water, orange juice, and Gatorade for Bret's use. "If I'm feeling good, I drink water; if I'm feeling a little low-Gatorade; and if I'm starting to feel real low, I go right for the orange juice, which bumps it up pretty quick."

Lows Happen

Just after his career took off, before he'd gotten his stage routine down, Bret had a severe low in, of all places, Madison Square Garden. It had always been his big dream to play there, and he was so nervous that he couldn't eat anything beforehand, though he'd already given himself his insulin. He walked out, made it through about six songs, and then collapsed onstage - that was the last thing he remembers until he woke up in the hospital.

Bret notes that one thing he's learned from having diabetes so long is how to control his emotions. He deliberately refuses to become scared and paranoid when he's having a low "because the more scared you get and the more your adrenaline pumps, the quicker your blood sugar's going low."

He does not have hypoglycemic unawareness - a low blood sugar will wake him up even when he is sleeping. He keeps glucose tablets by the bed because he knows that if he is at a certain level, four of them do the trick; if he's really in trouble, he takes eight. He finds tablets preferable to drinking orange juice or eating jelly because he can control how high up he's going; he doesn't want to overshoot the mark.

The Hazards of Touring

When Bret is touring, alcohol is pretty much a fixture of backstage life. He emphasizes, however, that he drinks moderately and accommodates his drinking to his diabetes. "If I start to feel like I'm getting a little bit drunk," he says, "I immediately let someone know around me, and I'm going to check my blood sugar right now. I want to know that my blood sugar's 160, not 25. If you're going to drink, you can't kid yourself and drink an entire bottle of Jack Daniels and pass out, because you can go into insulin shock and never know it."

"It's all about maintaining a balance," says Bret. "That's the weirdest thing for a rock star to say: 'balance.' But as a diabetic rock star, it's been about balance in my life. For every rose, there's a thorn: that's a song we have, and that's what it is. It's finding a sense of balance."

Exercise is Paramount

Bret works out every morning, even when touring. When everyone else in the band has been up until 4:00 in the morning and is sleeping in until twelve or one the next day, Bret's still up at nine or ten a.m. to carry out his usual regime of eating breakfast and working out. He might take a nap later in the afternoon, but "you have to find a way to make it work, and that's what it's all about."

The band carries around the components of a full gym in one of their tour trucks, and the equipment is set up in a room at every venue. Bret also takes his mountain bike with him on tour so he can bike around the ampitheaters: "There are tons of places to go ride; you just have to get the bike out and do it." He hauls his Harley along to tour around the various cities, and he has a dirt bike that he takes to the track when it's close enough to the concert site.

Bret confesses that he still goes out and plays basketball by himself, pretending to shoot balls to himself and acting like a kid. His philosophy about working out is "Don't over-think exercise. Just find something you like and do it. Jump on your mountain bike and go out for eight minutes. Because you know what happens - eight minutes into it, your endorphins kick in, and that's the best high you can get - you're ready to ride another hour."

Bret's New Reality Show

Bret's reality show on Vh1 starts on July 15, 2007, and runs for two-and-a-half months. Called "Rock of Love with Bret Michaels," it pits 25 beautiful women against each other in a contest to win Bret's affections. He describes the series as a genuine reality show, "as real as it gets," and an honest attempt to find a girlfriend.

He adds, "I've done a lot of crazy things in my life, a lot of crazy things, but this would be the most bizarre thing I've ever done. I've never dated in this fashion before, and the show is entertaining to say the least." He reports that prior to the show, he'd always been either in a long-term relationship or on the road. Consequently, the standard rituals of courtship were unfamiliar to him, and much of the show's humor is associated with watching him "stumble and bumble" through dates.

Bret's contract mandates that the reality show clearly acknowledge his diabetes. It was very important to him to convey the fact that he has survived well with it for a long time. Obviously, how much of his daily life with diabetes is portrayed will depend upon how the show is edited. During the filming, however, he explained diabetes to all the women, and he tested his blood sugar and injected his insulin in front of them. All of them were interested and genuinely concerned, Bret says.

"It was actually really nice, and it all played into the show." Some of the women even took it upon themselves to read up on diabetes. Those women, Bret notes, lasted longer on the show than some who were not very proactive. He even asked the women to give injections into an orange, and the one who did the best job was asked to give him an injection. Says Bret, "I found the smallest needle I could find. It was the top of the butt cheek, the safest area I could think of with the most fat in it, and I said fire away. She did a pretty good job."

A couple episodes into the show, Bret did have a really low blood sugar while filming. He'd been at the beach all day and taken his insulin, but hadn't eaten before they started shooting again. Thinking that he was just tired and sunburnt, he didn't heed the usual low sugar warning signs. "Right in the middle of it I was having a low blood sugar," he says, "and they just kept the cameras rolling, apparently." The woman whom he was dating that evening rushed around trying to get orange juice, and "it was pretty intense for a few minutes." His blood sugar was probably down around the thirties at the time.

Bret's Advice for Kids

Bret acknowledges that diabetes can become mentally depressing if you think too much about the potential complications or a lifetime of injections, especially for a youngster looking down the long road ahead. To them he says, "I use diabetes just as one more challenge in my life. You have to accept it because there is no other choice. You either do well with it or it will take over your life, and then it's not going to be so great."

Bret emphasizes that it isn't easy to keep everything under control all the time. He really wants to convey the understanding that the control comes with a lot of work. It's no easier for him than for anyone. In fact, what with all the travel, plane food, and general mayhem of his touring life, it could be even more difficult. He tells youngsters who come to his concerts, "Listen, I live a really tough lifestyle on the road, and I've managed to control it, so you can manage to control it."

He says, "I kind of do the tough love thing, and I tell them, you've just got to make it happen. When you're younger and you have diabetes, you might be able to get away with self-pity for a little while, but when you get into the adult world and everyone has their own set of problems to deal with, they're not as concerned about your problem anymore. And that's why I try to tell the kids to be self-reliant. You'd better start to prepare for this life."

To kids who reach the rebellious teenage years, Bret repeats the same admonition: "You've got to take care of it." He acknowledges that teenagers are "going to try drinking, they're going to try risky things because they've got to get it out of their system. But at the same time, at the back of your brain, you've got to take care of your diabetes." He explains, "As much as I was rebellious on my right hand, on the other hand I also had common sense enough to take care of my health. If you don't build in that safety factor to take care of your diabetes, the downside could be pretty horrific."

Bret attributes his safe passage through his rebellious years to the common sense attitude of his parents, who said, "You better make sure your buddies know what to do if you go into insulin shock. If you're going to go out there and not come home, and think you're going to party with your buddies, you'd better make sure you've got insulin and your stuff, because your friends are going to want to run around with girls. They're not going to care about your diabetes. You need to take care of yourself."

"Keep pulling your head out of the sand," says Bret, "and accept it. Once I had that safety net built in, I could go have a great time. I never had a lot to worry about, because I knew I had OJ in the car, I knew that I had my insulin with me and a couple of buddies around me who were good people. So I knew I could have a great time, and be rebellious. I'm still doing that, as a matter of fact, but at a different level."

Influences and Beliefs

The biggest influences in Bret's early personal life were his mom and dad. "Whether I loved them at the moment, or was in my rebellious teens and thought that I hated them (which I didn't) my parents were my biggest influence in my early personal life."

When Bret was a kid, his most influential role model was a Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker by the name of Jack Lambert. Says Bret, "He was one of these people that just had this ferocious go-for-it attitude. And that's the attitude that helped to develop my thinking. When they would be losing games, you could just see him come on the field and motivate that team to win. Finding a way. You're not going to win every game, you're not going to have a platinum record every time you put a song out, but it's the going for it that is really the pot of gold. As I've gone along, as I've experienced life, I've learned that it's the going after it that's the really awesome thing."

Bret believes in a higher power, and he's convinced that your energy and your soul go to a better place. He also believes that good positive energy and what you've done right in your life comes back in good karma. He says, "I try to respect everyone around me, and then if they are not respectful back, it's okay to be angry and get them out of your life. They say that positive energy causes positive things. For the most part, it does. At least it does for me."

For his parting words, Bret says, "Look at diabetes as a blessing in this way: If you deal with it right, it will give you total awareness of your body and what your limitations are, what you can and can't do. It may actually be an advantage, because it made me self-reliant at a young age and put me ahead of the game. It made me a non-self-pitying kid. When I wanted something, it was all about going for it, just like Jack Lambert. He always willed his team to win the game, and we got four Superbowls out of it. I can do it; you can do it - let's rock."


Bret's Stats 

Age: 44
Years with Diabetes: 38
Injections: 55,328
Blood Tests: 110,960
Top 40 Singles: Ten
Albums Sold: 25 million
Ranking on Playgirl's "Sexiest Rock Stars" list: Top ten
Bones Broken in 1994 Ferrari Accident: Nose, Ribs, Jaw, and Fingers

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Posted by Anonymous on 11 November 2007

Bret, you are outstanding.
I have known of you for a short while but your take on life helps me feel we have known each other forever.
I am 09/63 and have been dealing with a form of genetic thalassemia which has forced me to moderate my lifestyle as has yours.
It truly has been a blessing because as you state, it helps me to realize my physical limitations.
I have partied-hard and now know that there is a time and place for everything.
Your kind and respectful presence on VH1 was model behavior and I believe you are living right.
I wish I could meet you.
Tina

Posted by Anonymous on 24 November 2007

OMG, bret is totally awsome! He is a HUGE insperation to me\! I also have type 1 diabetes!

You rock Bret,
Angel-age 11

Posted by Anonymous on 2 December 2007

I know Bret has a hard time with what he has and did not show it on the Thanksgiving show.I do know his schedual is heavy and he needs time for himself. I do love his music and would love to meet him sometime . Please have him write to me soon.

Posted by Brandino on 3 January 2008

Dude, I'm 38 and was diagnosed 11 yrs ago with Type 1 diabetes. I take 12 units of Lantus in the morning and Novolog 3-4 times a day on a sliding scale. Its hard as hell. As a guitarist in numerous bands in my earlier years, we did a lot of 80's cover songs, including Poison, Dokken, G&R, u name it. It's cool to see one of my music idols of the 80's open up and show that he's just like the rest of us. You're pretty cool, dude. If you ever want to give a no-name a shot at the big time, I'm your man. Good luck to ya and keep rockin.
Brandino

Posted by Anonymous on 22 January 2008

bret i love you and your music i go to your concert every year in columbus ohio and i think your great for not letting your diabeties mess you up i love you and your song every rose has its thorn is my favorite song but in concert talk dirty to me is favorite

Posted by Anonymous on 23 January 2008

bret i really love you and i even have a cat named poision

Posted by Anonymous on 24 January 2008

you are an inspiration and i love rock of love but i hope you did not get eith frenchie cuz i like amber alot better anyway i cant wait till sumer to see your concert and meet you at alrosa

love stormy age 14

Posted by Anonymous on 25 January 2008

Hi Bret,
I have Type 2 Sugar Diabetic.I Have for 4 or 5 Years now. Iam doing Good

Love,Missy Cormier

Posted by Anonymous on 27 January 2008

I was recently diagnosed with diabetes. Rather than get depressed about it I was motivated by Brett that life doesn't have to be dull. Thanks Brett!
--From Detroit, MI

Posted by Anonymous on 29 January 2008

Well i just have to say that i absolutly love you Brett Micheals.
From The first time i saw you i knew i would be a forever fan.
when you sing "Every Rose Has its Thorn" i felt like i was right there with you.
i wish to be the one to love you and take care of you.
you are the best brett.
shannon79 from hillsborough n.c

Posted by Anonymous on 29 January 2008

Bret,
I only know about you because my children listen to you and Poison. I was a classic country fan, but I love a few of your songs. I now have a new favorite song! "I Never Cry". You do it beautifully! My son told me you had diabetes, but I never knew what you went through. I'm so glad I saw this article, as I was researching about you, to do a lens on squidoo.com about you and Poison. You are such an inspiration to others and sound truly compassionate, which we all need to see in more people. Jeannie a.k.a Tiddledeewinks

Posted by Anonymous on 31 January 2008

i love you bret and your music i think your awesome for rocking out with diebeties love your number 1 fan from columbus ohio 14 yaers old

Posted by shorty/steelers/harley on 31 January 2008

WOW!! EXCEPT FOR BEING A YEAR YOUNGER AND A MEMBER OF THE OPPOSITE SEX, OUR BIO'S ARE ALMOST IDENTICAL!!! IT'S NICE TO HEAR ABOUT "REAL" PEOPLE LIVING IN THE "REAL" WORLD WITH THIS LOVELY DISEASE!! IS DIABETES MANAGABLE?? YES! DOES IT SUCK?? YES! JUST GOTTA LIVE LIFE THE BEST YOU CAN, AND KEEP GROWING AND LEARNING ALONG THE WAY!! BRETT, YOU ARE A GREAT GUY. I ADMIRE AND RESPECT YOU IN A LOT OF WAYS, AND ON MANY DIFFERENT LEVELS!! I'M A DIE-HARD CHILD OF THE 80'S, AND HAIR-BANDS WERE MY WEAKNESS, SO I ABSOLUTELY LOVE YOU IN THAT RESPECT. I'VE HAD DIABETES FOR 30 YEARS, SO I RELATE TO YOU IN THAT WAY. I'VE HAD A LONG, HARD, BUMPY, PASSIONATE, HEART-BREAKING LOVE-LIFE, SO I UNDERSTAND THAT PART OF YOU. AND, I'M A WOMAN, SO THE FACT THAT YER A WAY-HOT MAN IS ANOTHER WAY I CAN RELATE TO YOU!! I HOPE YOU READ SOME OF THESE MESSAGES THAT PEOPLE LEAVE FOR YOU (ESPECIALLY MINE, TEE-HEE) BECAUSE YOU TRULY HAVE TOUCHED TONS OF PEOPLES LIVES IN TONS OF MEANINGFUL WAYS!! WOULD LOVE, LOVE, LOVE TO CHAT WITH YOU SOMETIME, THOUGH I KNOW IT'S PROBABLY IMPOSSIBLE. YOU ARE JUST VERY LEGIT AND I DIG THAT!! IF NOTHING ELSE, I'LL SEE YOU AND THE GUYS IN CONCERT WHEN YA COME TO GREELEY THIS SUMMER!! CAN'T WAIT!!

Posted by Anonymous on 31 January 2008

Yo, dude, you're not as important as you think.

Your band was at best a third tier band even in your prime. Get real.

Posted by Anonymous on 3 February 2008

hi bret.. i think you are a beautiful person on the inside as well as the outside..i have always been a fan of posion, and i have a son who has type 1 and he is learning to play the drums..this really is great for manageing his sugar levels.. i told him to read your story and he said mum i want to be just like bret..i said son yuo can be who ever you want to be and do what ever you want to do..bret is proff of that and he has type 1 just like you.. love you lots..deboo from coolonglook nsw australia

Posted by Anonymous on 5 February 2008

HI Bret,
I think you are an awesome person. ALong with being the sexiest man I have ever seen in my life time. I am a 44 yr old female, I watch your reality show with my 15 yr old daughter who also thinks your HOT!.
Keep up the great work you do, keep on rocking. One thought for you though if you dont mind me say this. Those young girls on your reality show are not there foryou as a person. They just want your money. I am sounding like a mother and I am the same age as you. Just think your HOT and you dont need a reality show for a woman.
Love You so much.

Posted by A1c Champion on 20 February 2008

Great words of wisdom for staying in control of your diabetes Bret!
I have had Type 1 diabetes for 4 years now. Being told that I had diabetes in my early 30's was tough. I had already been exercising and eating healthy so, I didn’t have to change much there. I remember walking out of the Doctors office with a box of needles and a blood monitoring device. That was a huge in your face reality shock for me.
My older sister, who had been living a healthy active life with diabetes for over 30 years, inspired me to make a choice to include diabetes management into my every day life. Now, I don't let diabetes control my life because I'm in control of my diabetes.
I started right away on a 24 hr. long acting insulin (no peaks) and a rapid acting insulin at mealtimes. Insulin pens are most convenient for me. What works for me may not work for everyone. My A1C level was 10.9 when I was told I had diabetes. Since I made the choice to do everything I could to control my diabetes, my A1C level has never been higher than 6.5. My sister and I have been speaking with groups of people around the country who have diabetes, sharing our story of how we manage our diabetes and giving them the encouragement and inspiration that they can do it too!
Diabetes changed my life alright, but I just happened to make it a positive change instead of a negative one. Hey, my motto is: Life is what you make it! I am in nursing school right now and I plan on being a Certified Diabetes Educator RN in the future.
Thanks for sharing your story. I was inspired by it!
~Julie

Posted by Anonymous on 21 February 2008

For a guy as cool as Brett with everything he has done and accomplished. It's a great feeling to know that he has controlled this awful disease and is inspiring others. I’ve been a Type 1 diabetic for 20 years and my daughter was diagnosed at age 4 (the worst day of my life). Brett thanks for taking away some of the stigma and almost making diabetes cool. We need more people like you. Poison Rocks!

Posted by Anonymous on 4 March 2008

u r so hot

Posted by Anonymous on 26 March 2008

bret i think your awesome,my aunt has diabetes im not sure what stage or type she has,but im glad your both around.i love listening to you sing,i love poison ,my daughters &i love watching rock of love one and two you are so hot those girls are very lucky.love teresa

Posted by Anonymous on 28 March 2008

bret, i have been a big poison fan ever since i was a teenager im now 31 i watch your show every week. i really think you handle your diabetes very well. diabetes runs in my family also. i really think your a really sweet person. i went to the poison concert this past year which was last summer and also to the one in alanta.i hope to see you again on tour this summer but until then i want to wish you good look on rock of love. bret i think your sexy. i love the band poison. i hope you find what your looking for in a woman because you are a nice person. from angie

Posted by Anonymous on 28 March 2008

bret i really like your show i hope you will continue to do what your doing because i think your doing a great job so keep the music rockin. from a poison fan.

Posted by Anonymous on 2 April 2008

Bret, I sincerely hope you relaize that destiny is a liability and has an incredibly annoying voice, besides being BORING! Amber, is doubly boring, snooz-o-la! I don't think it's a big deal she's 37 opposed to 31, uhm..helllooooo! You're 45! GROW UP! however....Amber may have the most brains, but she's not interesting and I think she'd like to be a "drama" as the next girl. Really, Daisy is coo-coo, and plastic and a silly fluff head, but from day 1 I sincerely believe her vibrational energy matches yours and as "cheesy" as that sounds...that's what's going to work for you. I sincerely hope after all this you pick daisy.

Posted by Anonymous on 2 April 2008

Oh and, besides wanting you to pick daisy...If by chance you even ever read this, good luck with the Diabetes. take good care of yourself. My Mom has the big D and my dada and I are hypoglycemic. It sucks. I wish I had a gym in my building in NYC. I did once upon a time, but I lost it all and now live in a situation that doesn't allow me that luxury, so...keep up the excercise, it's really truly the key! lots of Love.
NYC calling

Posted by Anonymous on 12 April 2008

Not a GREAT diabetic to use as a poster boy.
On his show the drinking is out of hand and he is just using this magazine and site to promote his show. last season he only talked about his diabetes on one show for a minute.

Posted by Anonymous on 13 May 2008

Bret, I have been trying to phone you and no luck. can you call me soon? I have been waiting for you for a long time. come to me in Hoosick Falls soonor call me. You are my Rock of Love and allways will be...

Posted by Anonymous on 27 May 2008

Bret, i need someone who will be there for me and the 3 kids if we ever get together. Iam from Hoosick Falls and I would love bto see you before my Birthday on June 10th. Your song are great and I cant wait to hear more.

Posted by Anonymous on 27 May 2008

Bret, you are outstaning and i need someone like you in my life. In hoosick Falls is very boring and iam lonly and looking for you to come and wake this town up?????Besides i want to meet you or even talk to you on the phone would be great bye my birthday is June 10 and i cant wait to here your new cd on June 3. Love you rock star.

Posted by LEIGHBO on 1 June 2008

BRET, Thank you for speaking of your illness. My son has diabetes also. It is hard for us both, but we pull through through. We too, wish we could meet you .

Posted by Anonymous on 7 June 2008

im lovin rock of love on vh1 emm my grandfather has the same illness as you i love ur band and i think ur gawjus so does my aunt tnks xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Posted by Anonymous on 27 June 2008

Hi Bret, i know what it is like to live with a sickness ? I had lukemia when i was in 2nd grade and we dont know how? i live in hoosick falls now and no signs of it coming back.

Posted by Anonymous on 8 July 2008

hey Bret you are so right because i have a little thing called turner syndrome that is a growing dis order and i can get diabetes if i am not careful

Posted by Anonymous on 30 July 2008

" Posted by Anonymous on 12 April 2008
Not a GREAT diabetic to use as a poster boy.
On his show the drinking is out of hand and he is just using this magazine and site to promote his show. last season he only talked about his diabetes on one show for a minute."

That's not entirely Bret's fault. Like all reality shows, the producers film far more footage than is ever broadcasted. It's entirely possible that Bret talked about diabetes more, but that the producers decided not to include that footage in the final version.

Posted by Anonymous on 16 August 2008

HEY bret i think your awsome how you inspire kids and your songs rock!!! my dad has alot of your songs

Posted by Anonymous on 19 August 2008

can i meet Bret Michaels . Iam going to Hampton Beach this satthrough the thursday. i will meet you at the shell band stand acrost the street from where you played. Let me know if you can come or send me something to let me know you cant to the place where you played.I love you and i allways will love . me

Posted by Anonymous on 21 August 2008

Bret, I enjoyed reading this article. I have been type 1 for 38 years also...and my all time favorite food is peanut butter also!

Posted by Anonymous on 23 September 2008

It is funny to read all of your posts and that you think he is an inspiration. He drinks, has done drugs and does a sleazy show and screws all the girls he can. I am surprised that he doesn't have aids. He is a horrible role model for anyone. Grow up Brett and act your age.


I am disappointed that this web site would even give him a moment of time.

Posted by Josian on 23 September 2008

I've always been a big fan of Bret and Poison - when I was in the 7th grade I carved his name into my thumb... Anyway, Type I diabetes hit me when I was 19 and in college. I have followed his career through out the years.
Riding my Harley is a great stress relief. Of course I check before and during my rides, and also carry emergency sugar.
I'm so glad that Bret has been so open and honest about diabetes.... I would have loved to be one of those girls on Rock of Love - but I don't quite fit the profile! :)

Posted by SaschiesMum on 23 September 2008

I remember back 20 years ago, when Poison and therefore Bret Michaels came to the radio stations.
I am 33 years old, type 1 for 30 years (diagnosed days after 3rd bday).
I understand the auspects of type 1 and then controling the diabetes.
I do NOT concider myself a diabetic, but a person WITH diabetes.
I too love peanut butter (creamy organic jif).
I think that it is awesome that some of the "stars" (musicians, actors, ect) are out there with their diagnosis of diabetes (and other dx's), to become a roll model for others with diabetes (or other dx's)


SaschiesMum,
type 1 x 30 (almost 31) years
IPer with Deltec Cozmo Insulin Pump, purple in colour.. soon to be green

Posted by Anonymous on 7 October 2008

Well Bret is a HUGE inspirations for kids and adults like, Nick Jonas
I have hyperglisemia and when the doctor told me that i though that i was diabetic and my mom said that i wasn't but they are my two BIG inspirations

Posted by Anonymous on 20 October 2008

hi : Bret Michaels Diabetic was 10 old .... type 1 diabetes Bret, you are outstanding.
I have known of you for a short while but your take on life helps me feel we have known each other forever

Posted by Anonymous on 23 October 2008

My 11 year old daughter was diagnosed a year and a half ago, she takes 22 units of lantus a day and adjusts her fast acting novolog by her bg and what her carb intake is, it is rough for her I know, but she keeps looking on the bright side. She started guitar lessons recently and is determined to be a "rock star" someday. Thank you for showing her there that it CAN be done!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous on 7 November 2008

hey bret i'm your biggest fan and you have gotten me through alot with your music and your quotes keep on rockin love ya!

Posted by Anonymous on 1 January 2009

thanks for sharing your life expirience with that!!

Posted by amberngriffinco on 18 January 2009

I am really irked that Brett Michael's doesn't speak or show his diabetes on his reality shows.

I've NEVER seen him give an injection, test his blood sugar or even have an insulin reaction (hypo)!

That sounds more like he is trying to hide it.. showing it will help a lot of people to not be embarassed or ashamed or even afraid to admit they have diabetes!

I've been a type I for 37 years, pumping for the last 12. I am far from embarassed about something that is hereditary. I work with the ADA, speak to the newly diagnosed and am an advocate especially for insulin pumps and tight control. I have a 10 year old son and while pregnant, no one KNEW I had diabetes because of my tight control.

I'd like to see Brett become more involved and honest. I do wonder with a recent comment of, ". . I had too much to drink.." in regards to his diabetes.

Amber
Colorado

Posted by Anonymous on 2 February 2009

Bret you are amazing. I have tye one diabetes. I was diagnosed on my 5th birthday and i got an insulin pump on my sixth birthday. Shots just made me keep getting sicker and sicker. I wonder how you would do with the insulin pump. In my opion it is definatly something you should look into.

Posted by Anonymous on 5 February 2009

hey i really like ur songs and my frieand and i think that u r really HOT HOT HOT and i would reaally like to meat u some day

Posted by Anonymous on 12 February 2009

I'm doing a project for school on diabetes and this is the perfect bit of information I needed to get classmates interested. ^_^

Posted by haleywhsuperstar on 1 March 2009

Bret,
I think your awesome! dealing with your diabeties, having Rock of Love, being the lead singer of poisen is just wow...
I was Diagnosed December 7, 2008 and it is hard. I am 10 and it doesnt feel good. I love to swim, dance, I'm a new cheerleader,
guitar, and sing. but I feel limited in so many ways. I look up to you, not as a Rockstar, but as an insperation. Having Diabeties is no fun I know!!! You rock!!

Posted by Anonymous on 4 March 2009

i feel sorry that he was diagnosed with type1 diabeties. i alsothink he is a good person,and a good singer

Posted by Anonymous on 14 March 2009

I've been type 1 for 37 years. You people need to get on an insulin pump. Control is easy and you don't have the highs and low.

Posted by Anonymous on 24 March 2009

HEY BRET MY NAME IS LACY PEDRO ND I TIHNK YOU ARE A AWESOME PERSON!!! SOMETIMES I WISH I WAS ON ROCK OF LOVE!!! LOL WLDNT WORK THOUGH I'M MARRIED DAMN IT!!! WELL LOVE YOU!!!!! BYE

Posted by Anonymous on 30 March 2009

Your show is really starting to suck ... hang it up //

Posted by Anonymous on 2 April 2009

Bret
have you ever had a seizure due to your sugar being too high or low? I myself am hypogycemic and epileptic. When my sugar gets too low it will set off my seizures.
vickie roy
berlin,nh

Posted by Anonymous on 10 April 2009

i know how it feels my friend has diebetes and stuff and she gets sad sometimes but im rite there 4 her no matter wat.

Posted by Anonymous on 15 May 2009

Hey!, (just in case Brett ever actually sees this!). Seriously, you aren't pumping yet??? C' mon, seriously, I LOVE my pump. In fact, how many other people can say their "pancreas" lights up, and even tells the time and date? Really though, I saw something about your not being "cosmetically" ready for the pump??? I could almost understand that if you hadn't told the whole free world about having type one. Besides, in all reality when people notice my pump, they ALWAYS mistake it for a pager or a cell. In fact, while at work one day, I was told I had to remove my pump immediately as we weren't allowed to have pagers or cells while working. I honestly had to lift my shirt to show/prove that it was actually "plugged in" to me!
Besides, always remember, it could've been a lot worse. It could have been C.F., or M.S., or a form of leukemia, or a host of other way worse things. Diabetes is managable and so long as we're willing to mannage, life can still be great, full, and beyond wonderful!

Posted by MKW on 24 May 2009

Have been a juvenile or type-1 diabetic since age 4, 1975. REFUSE to get a pump - and I am ok without one, thank you. I think people should make up their own minds on "treating" their diabetes. So, Bret if you do not think a pump works right now - more power to you, if you change your mind - that is ok too.

Diabetes is not good - the goal for all concerned is to ensure no one in the future has to deal with it. That is why I am commited to ending juvenile or type 1 diabetes. Bret Michaels - stay healthy. You have to love people diagnosed in Western PA ;)

Posted by Anonymous on 10 June 2009

I enjoyed the article and didn't know that Bret was a Type 1 diabetic. I was diagnosed at 16 and am now 35. I too use insulin injections even though there is so much more out there, it is what works best for me. I have always felt that I will be in control of my life and that diabetes won't control me. I have been blessed with a two beautiful healthy children and stay as healthy as I can with diet and exercise. I hope and pray that someday there will be a cure for diabetes.

Posted by Anonymous on 14 September 2009

JUST WANT TO LET YOU KNOW, I HAVE BEEN COLLECTING DONATIONS FOR JDRF FOR ABOUT 4 YEARS NOW, I AM COLLECTING AT THIS TIME, MY GRANDAUGHTER HAS TYPE 2, SAD WHEN ON VACATION SHE HAD TO TURN DOWN FOOD SHE LOVES..WORKING FOR A CURE...

Posted by Anonymous on 21 March 2010

hey bret i hope you see this i was diognosed with type 1 3 months ago .. i take about 5 shots a day . im 11 years old ! im watching you on celebrity apprenticy and ur charity is the best!1 i love you

Posted by Anonymous on 11 April 2010

It is refreshing to hear about Diabetes type 1 from a celebrity that can relate to children. I wish I knew Brett personally so he can encourge my son and how his future will be bright just like his. I am also glad that he mentioned the diabetes camp. My son is going to diabetes camp for the first time this summer and I am really excited about him going and meeting other people. Thank you Brett for spreading the word for us. There are to many people that do not know the difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes we all need to get the word out, and thanks again Brett. I hope you and your family are doing well!

Posted by lowe93 on 5 January 2011

Bret you are an inspiration to me. I have been a fan of yours for 7-8 years now and I have just recently got diagnosted with type 1 diabetes. I will b turning 18 on the 11th of this month

Posted by kramso on 20 March 2011

Want to look for a local cause... Type 1 diabetics in jail... Maricopa jail has a policy to only give type 1 diabetics 2 shots per day. They want diabetics to be @ 300+ BS so they don't have to worry about lows. This can result in highs above 500+ which along with the manditory diet high in carbs can be result in several hospital visits and the inmate feeling sick and is determental to their well being.This needs to be looked at because everyone, including jail inmates,has a basic right in this country to humane health care.

Posted by Anonymous on 29 March 2011

Hello great web site HOWEVER these comments are OVER THRE YEARS OLD < Hello this is the MARCH of 2011. TIME WARP TO AT LEAST 20110 PLease and thank You.


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