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[dropcap letter="T"]he fourth week of November is the Philippines' Diabetes Awareness Week and Nov. 14 of every year is designated as the United Nations' World Diabetes Day.

While it gave Janet Napoles a little break from the Senate Blue Ribbon committee hearing, it is a serious condition. There were more than 3 million diabetes cases in the country in 2010, according to the American Association of Clinical Endocrinology-Philippines.


Based on data from the World Health Organization and International Diabetes Foundation, the prevalence rate is projected to rise to more than 6 million cases by 2030.


Diabetes may not easy to live with, but never underestimate the human spirit’s capacity to surpass obstacles. Here is a list of famous individuals who have this condition but do not let it get in their way.


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The producer and American Idol mainstay is probably the only face you would recognize if you only watched the first few seasons. While Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell have moved on, Jackson looks like he’s still here to stay, dawg.

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A part of the first-ever batch of Starstruck, this talented actress has never let her sugar levels get the best of her.


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Comedian and host of “The Price Is Right” Drew Carey may have lost a lot of weight in recent years, but he has yet to lose against diabetes, as he wages a daily war against it.

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The “Idol,” best known for his hit song, “’Di Ko Kayang Tanggapin.” He recently claims to have recovered from testicular cancer, but is still dealing with diabetes, despite still performing at a top level.

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One of the few people with the honor of owning an Oscar and a Razzie. Often hailed as one of the sexiest women in the world, Halle Berry’s unbreakable spirit and charisma often catches even the most jaded of star-watchers off-guard.

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The beautiful daughter of comedienne Elizabeth Ramsey, and one of the most prominent voices in the music industry, all the while being allegedly tone deaf. Any relation to Derek?

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The multi-time Oscar awardee opened up about being diabetic only this year, but has certainly been dealing with it for a long time.

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Mr. Pure Energy once had a short-lived death rumor about him in the late ‘80s involving his diabetes. Nearly three decades later, he is still going strong and still recognized as one of the top performers in the Philippines

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Carl Perez

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