Living with diabetes can be a struggle, a seemingly perpetual cycle of blood sugar monitoring, medication, and making lifestyle compromises for the sake of your health. At times, it can seem like you’re battling against your own body, and it's not uncommon to feel overwhelmed, frustrated, and even defeated.
But for every moment of despair, there are also moments of triumph. It’s those moments where you realize that you have the strength and resilience to thrive with this condition, that diabetes doesn't have to define you, that can keep you going.
Since we founded One Drop in 2014, we’ve been collecting diabetes success stories that capture those moments of triumph. It’s important to celebrate the big wins—a lowered A1C, getting off a medication you thought you’d be on for the rest of your life—to the everyday wins—an afternoon spent in your target blood sugar range, a time when you picked yourself up from a setback and began again.
On this page, you’ll find dozens of stories of celebrities and non-celebrities, people who understand what it feels like to hear the words “you have diabetes” from their doctor and find the strength and resilience to keep going when the going gets tough.
We get to know individuals from all walks of life who have been able to take control of their health, achieve their goals, and find joy and fulfillment while living with diabetes.
Every single one of these stories features a hardcore diabadass.
What’s a diabadass? Jeff Dachis, CEO and founder of One Drop, explains:
Consider bookmarking this page and coming back when you need some inspiration. We continually update this page with fresh, new stories.
Celebrities with Diabetes
Though they may have more resources than the average person, celebrities aren’t immune to the challenges of managing diabetes. Many of them have used their public platform to raise awareness around diabetes and inspire others on their health journeys. Check out some of our favorite stories about celebrities with diabetes.
Athletes with Diabetes
Athletes face all kinds of physical challenges in pursuit of athletic excellence, but those who also have diabetes encounter an added level of complexity. Diabetes can affect nearly every part of the body, making it a potentially significant obstacle for people going for gold. Despite these challenges, many athletes with diabetes have achieved unbelievable success on the field and off, serving as inspiring examples of what can be done when diabetes is managed.
Diabetes Advocates and Influencers
Nearly 4,000 Americans are diagnosed with diabetes every day. For a certain few of them, a diabetes diagnosis becomes a rallying cry to take action and use their experience to inspire others. Thanks to social media, it’s now possible to tell your diabetes story, share resources, and create community in a way that wasn’t possible just a decade ago. We’ve gathered stories from diabetes advocates and influencers of all kinds. Get to know the doctors, designers, podcasters, artists, and bloggers who are bringing awareness to diabetes and changing lives as they do it.
Type 1 Diabetes Success Stories
One of our core beliefs at One Drop is that diabetes doesn’t have to define you. You are so much more than your highs and lows. The following stories are living proof that this is true. We talked to people of all kinds from all over the world who are managing diabetes while living life to the fullest. From fighting fires to finishing triathlons, these individuals show that anything is possible while managing type 1 diabetes.
Type 2 Diabetes Success Stories
Being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes can be an eye-opening and emotional experience. It can be the wakeup call that tells you important lifestyle changes need to be made. These are stories of people who’ve answered that call by making incredible strides toward better health. But that’s not to say they’re perfect. Health isn’t linear. It’s full of setbacks and triumphs. What’s most important is that you keep trying. Here are stories of people who do just that.
One Drop Team Members with Diabetes
At One Drop, we understand diabetes because many of us live with it every day. We know the disappointment of going high without understanding why, the satisfaction of staying in range, and the power of connecting with others on the journey. Here, we share some of our own diabetes success stories. After all, we’re all in this together.
This post has been clinically reviewed by Hanna Rifkin, RD, CDCES, clinical health coach at One Drop.