Ron Santo played for the Chicago Cubs for 14 years, and one final year with the White Sox, while quietly battling diabetes each day of his career. He then spent 21 seasons as a radio broadcaster. He experienced the agony of having both of his legs amputated, but showed tremendous courage in battling a terrible illness by living and functioning routinely each day. The Baseball Hall of Fame egregiously failed to acknowledge Santo’s exceptional career, but Santo never failed to acknowledge his battle with diabetes: He raised over $60 million for diabetes research with an annual Ron Santo Walk to Cure.
Ron Santo isn’t the only public figure challenged by diabetes, but he was among an inspiring group of people that showed the world it is possible to live enthusiastically, in spite of battling a disease. Artist Paul Cezanne created a lifetime of paintings; Giacomo Puccini composed “La boheme” and “Madame Butterfly,” among many other operas. Both of these incredible people had diabetes.
Legendary comedian Jerry Lewis combats Type 1 Diabetes, pulmonary fibrosis, prostate cancer, and several heart attacks. “American Idol” judge and rock star Randy Jackson was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes within the past decade, and worked with the American Heart Association’s “Heart of Diabetes” awareness campaign. Television and movie star Mary Tyler Moore is the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s international chairwoman, and combats Type 1 Diabetes. Moore has described how she lives with her illness by being prepared to regulate her insulin levels, such as carrying a syringe with her and planning food choices and mealtimes when dining out.
Actor Paul Sorvino has been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, and he managed his illness with dietary changes and medical supervision. He and his daughter, Mira, currently work with pharmaceutical company Sanofi Aventis on a diabetes awareness campaign. Sorvino suggests beginning with a healthy diet and light exercise, such as an eating plan that includes lots of vegetables and protein and low on carbohydrates.
Type 1 diabetes is primarily a genetic disorder affecting the body’s insulin levels; the disease attacks the pancreas, an organ that controls insulin levels. Type 2 diabetes is also a hereditary illness, however, risk factors also include weight and high blood pressure. Eating, exercise, and vitamins can help prevent certain illnesses, but not all of them. When a person has an illness, they should allow a physician to monitor their health and to carefully follow the medical expert’s advice, including taking all necessary medication and following a specific diet and avoiding any dietary restrictions.
American Idol – http://tv.yahoo.com/american-idol/show/34934
Diabetes Fame – Artists – http://www.dlife.com/diabetes/information/inspiration_expert_advice/famous_people/artists.html
Diabetes Fame – Entertainment – http://www.dlife.com/diabetes/information/inspiration_expert_advice/famous_people/entertainment.html
La boheme – http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/1810045934/info
Madame Butterfly – http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/1800267705/info
Mary Brophy Marcus – http://www.usatoday.com/yourlife/health/medical/diabetes/2010-11-30-sorvinoonline30_ST_N.htm
Tony Ginnetti – http://www.suntimes.com/sports/baseball/cubs/2701902-419/santo-cubs-hall-career-player.html
Type 1 Diabetes – http://www.dlife.com/diabetes/information/type-1/
Type 2 Diabetes – http://www.dlife.com/diabetes/information/type-2/