Now in her 70s, actress Mary Tyler Moore has always used her fame to help raise funds and awareness for diabetes. Best known for her roles in The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Dick Van Dyke Show, she was diagnosed at age 33 with type 1 diabetes. Since then, she's become the international chairwoman of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. In early 2009, Moore released a new book called Growing Up Again, which shares her story of life with diabetes.
American Idol runner-up Crystal Bowersox nearly had to leave the 2010 competition when she went into diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), a serious condition that can lead to coma or death. The DKA struck her suddenly — soon her ph levels were so drastically low that according to her test results, she should have been in a coma. But when Idol executive producer Ken Warwick told her she was off the show, “I threw a fit. I literally begged and pleaded, and I cried and said, ‘No way I’ve come this far to let diabetes stop me!” Bowersox told the website Diabetes Mine.
Diagnosed at age 6, Bowersox is using her newfound fame to speak out about diabetes awareness: She’s an advocate for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), which supports all measures to find better treatments and a cure for type 1 diabetes.