Garber learned to manage his diabetes while growing up and starting a busy career. Back when he was in the early years of dealing with diabetes, he had to test his urine four times a day in addition to taking insulin shots. But throughout his illness, Garber always stayed focused on his career. The actor now works with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation to help raise awareness and money for diabetes causes.
Thirteen years ago, R&B legend Patti LaBelle passed out onstage during a concert. Soon after, the double Grammy Award winner was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and it was a wake-up call for changing her life.
LaBelle lost her own mother to diabetes amputation complications. She recently became a spokeswoman to advocate diabetes awareness and better monitoring of glucose. LaBelle says she controls her diabetes with medication and exercise, including swimming and walking -- in addition to eating lots of vegetables.
Tommy Lee, best known for playing drums for Motley Crue and marrying Pamela Anderson and Heather Locklear, also reportedly suffers from type 2 diabetes. Lee, 45, is also a supporter of animal rights.
In 2006, Tommy launched his own clothing line, with apparel manufacturer People's Liberation, to produce jeans, T-shirts and other products featuring graphics inspired by his tattoos. People's Liberation brand clothing is marketed and manufactured by Versatile Entertainment, which also produces the William Rast brand, inspired by Justin Timberlake.
Mary Tyler Moore, now 70-years-old, has successfully managed her type 1 diabetes for 30 years -- and chose to become an advocate for diabetes research, taking her story all the way from Hollywood to Washington, D.C.
Moore testified before Congress (along with actors Kevin Kline and Jonathan Lipnicki and former astronaut Jim Lovell, commander of Apollo 13) to call for an increase in funding for diabetes research and support for embryonic stem cell research, which she called "truly life affirming." Also present in the hearing room were about 200 children with diabetes and their families, who were in town for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International Children's Congress.
Aida Turturro, 45, best known for her role as Tony Soprano's sister Janice on the award-winning TV series "The Sopranos," is putting her foot down about diabetes. She was diagnosed in 2001 with type 2 diabetes, but the actor did not take her condition seriously until her diabetes worsened significantly in 2003.
Since then, Turturro has learned to take care of her health and now works closely with her endocrinologist to properly manage her diabetes. In her case, this means making adjustments to her lifestyle and taking daily insulin. She now encourages other diabetics to take control.
The 82-year-old "King of the Blues" has lived with type 2 diabetes for years and applies the same strong work ethic toward managing the illness as he does toward performing music.
King is now a spokesman for a blood glucose monitoring system. He told the Web site diabeteshealth.com: "My father died at 87, and the only thing I know is that he had high blood glucose and gout. My mother died when I was 9. I think she went blind before she died. It must have been related to diabetes. Nobody knew what to do at that time. We were people living out in the country."