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This article was originally published in Diabetes Health in February, 2008.
No less an authority than the New York Times wrote in May 2006 that Halle Berry has type 1 diabetes, listing her as one of several "stars who have type 1 - Gary Hall, the Olympic gold medal-winning swimmer; Adam Morrison, the Gonzaga University basketball star; [and] Halle Berry."
Ms. Berry is also described as having type 1 by other sources. Health24.com, for example, reported that "it was during the taping of the television sitcom called "Living Dolls" in 1989 that Halle went into a diabetic coma. Shortly afterwards she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes."
On the other hand, the U.K. Daily Mail said in 2005 that Halle was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes after falling into a seven-day coma. According to that report "Halle, now 39, was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes…'I thought I could tough it out, but I couldn't have been more wrong," she [said]. "One day, I simply passed out, and I didn't wake up for seven days, which is obviously very serious.'"
Now the picture is becoming even more murky: Ms. Berry herself apparently believes that she has worked her way up from type 1 to type 2. According to an October 2007 report by Contactmusic.com, "The actress was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes after she passed out while shooting a TV show…But the disease has now dropped to type 2 diabetes because Berry is no longer 'insulin dependent.'
She says, 'I've managed to wean myself off insulin, so now I like to put myself in the type 2 category.'" Obviously, someone is confused here.
Note: The Editor recommends this follow-up article: http://www.abcnews.go.com/Health/story?id=3822870&page=1/=.
Dec 25, 2008
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