I just saw an “ageless stars” feature on yahoo. It has old pictures of Hollywood stars like Jennifer Aniston and Tom Cruise paired against recent photos of them and yeah…they look pretty much the same despite 8-10 years or so passing by. Pretty amazing. (Of course they have all of the resources for this…)
Anyway, the reason I clicked on the link in the first place was because it features Halle Berry. She has had type 2 diabetes for a very long time. Yet, haven’t we all heard how diabetes is a degenerative disease meaning it ages you prematurely?
Forget about all of the accessibility this woman has to personal trainers and chefs, Botox, and plastic surgery (I’ve never heard of her using the two latter by the way). You can’t hide a healthy look. What I mean is you can’t take an overweight and unhealthy person and make them look as healthy as she does. Sure, Halle Berry has great genes. Yet, 2 decades of uncontrolled diabetes would have most certainly shown up on her by now. I can literally see that she takes care of her diabetes.
The times I’ve read interviews with her have always revealed something consistent. She is very strict with her diabetes management. She supposedly tests several times a day, exercises every day, and maintains a very strict diet low in sugar and starchy foods. She used to take insulin and gradually worked her way out of that need.
I always worry that because of being diabetic I’ll end up looking a decade older than I really am. After all, that’s what doctors used to say. And I’ve already got about 20 grey hairs (thats right, I counted them) and although going grey early simply runs in my family, I can’t help but wonder if I wasn’t a diabetic would I have any at all? Maybe it is just paranoia. The other day while buying wine a lady cards me and proclaims, “Uh uh honey, you can’t be 27! You look 18!” She has a few others look at my ID and while everyone is determining whether or not my ID is a fake I think to myself, “Maybe I am just paranoid…”
So my inspiration will continue to be people who manage to beat negative stereotypes about diabetes-like aging very quickly.
We should all strive to keep our insides looking good. The outside will fall in line. So remember, focus on keeping those glucose numbers in check! Even Halle Berry has to do it.