10 Famous People with Diabetes

Elvis promotional photo for Jailhouse Rock, 1957
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Photo of Thomas Alva Edison.
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Thomas Alva Edison

Photo of Jackie Robinson.
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Jack Roosevelt "Jackie" Robinson

Elvis signs autographs in Minneapolis, 1956
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Elvis Presley

Photo of Johnny Cash, 1969.
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Johnny Cash

Photo of Ernest Hemingway.
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Ernest Hemingway

Tom Hanks as Forrest Gump.
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Tom Hanks

McDonald's golden arches.
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Ray Kroc

Parliament at dusk.

Theresa Mary May

Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen meets with King Fahd bin Abd al-Aziz Al Saud at Al-Yamamah Palace, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Oct. 13, 1998
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Fahd bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

William Howard Taft, head-and-shoulders portrait.
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William Howard Taft

The Hollywood sign.
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Many more famous people with diabetes

David Mendosa

David Mendosa


David Mendosa was a journalist who learned in 1994 that he had type 2 diabetes, which he wrote about exclusively. He died in May 2017 after a short illness unrelated to diabetes. He wrote thousands of diabetes articles, two books about it, created one of the first diabetes websites, and published a monthly newsletter, “Diabetes Update.” His very low-carbohydrate diet, A1C level of 5.3, and BMI of 19.8 kept his diabetes in remission without any drugs until his death.