According to the American Diabetes Association, over 30 million children and adults in the United States are affected with Diabetes, 84 million have pre-diabetes, and one in four adults are not even aware that they have diabetes. Today is Diabetes Alert Day, observed annually on the fourth Tuesday in March, bringing awareness to the seriousness of diabetes.
While it’s the seventh leading cause of death in the United States, Type 2 diabetes is a serious condition in the black community. Diabetes is 60 percent more common in blacks than their white counterparts. Risk factors related to diabetes in blacks are high cholesterol, overweight and obesity, hypertension, and cigarette smoking.
1. Lady Gaga once told Billboard about her depression, “I’ve suffered through depression and anxiety my entire life. I just want these kids to know that this modern thing, where everyone is feeling shallow and less connected? That’s not human.”
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2. Adele once admitted that anxiety attacks keep her from playing large festivals and arenas.
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3. Jennifer Lawrence once revealed that she suffered from social anxiety as soon as she started school.
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4. Kid Cudi checked himself into rehab in October for depression and suicidal thoughts.
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5. Lena Dunham is often open about her anxiety and OCD, once saying, “To those struggling with anxiety, OCD, depression: I know it’s mad annoying when people tell you to exercise, and it took me about 16 medicated years to listen. I’m glad I did.”
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6. After a stint in rehab for anorexia, bulimia, and cutting, Demi Lovato discovered that she was manic depressive/bipolar. She told People, “I feel like I am in control now, where for my whole life, I wasn’t in control.”
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7. Kanye West reportedly felt suicidal after the death of his mother in 2007.
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8. Zayn Malik’s anxiety is often so crippling, it’s caused him to cancel shows.
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9. Britney Spears knows a thing or two about social anxiety, saying, “I’m not good in large groups, I just make everything awkward.”
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10. The Rock talked to Oprah about his depression, saying, “I wish I had someone at that time who could just pull me aside and say, ‘Hey, it’s gonna be okay. It’ll be okay.'”
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11. Kerry Washington once spoke about her depression and unhealthy relationship with food and exercise in college, saying, “I think it’s really important to take the stigma away from mental health.”
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Continue reading True Strength: Celebrities Who’ve Been Open About Their Mental Health Issues
True Strength: Celebrities Who’ve Been Open About Their Mental Health Issues
Kid Cudi just entered rehab for depression and suicidal thoughts. Here are other celebrities who have struggled with mental health issues.