•• Actress Elizabeth Perkins is speaking out for National Diabetes Month, the Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated actress was diagnosed in 2005, so she feels passionate about it. Diabetes is the fastest-growing health epidemic in the world, affecting 26 million Americans and 371 million people worldwide.
I was feeling fatigue, headache, blurry vision, excessive thirst and lost a lot of weight,” said the actress known for her role opposite Tom Hanks in the 1980s flick “Big,” and more recently in Showtime’s “Weeds.” Friends suggested taking antidepressant medication, but Perkins refused. “I didn’t feel good, and the diagnosis just came through a routine blood test,” she explained, adding her blood sugars were in the high 600s. “It’s amazing I hadn’t gone into a coma.” Elizabeth Perkins said she felt isolated by the disease, so she’d take her insulin alone in her trailer while working on set.
“I was worried what the producers were going to think,” she said. It wasn’t until she began to open up about her feelings to her family and co-workers that she realized the power of support. Through the support process, Perkins and her family actually became healthier – they all learned how to eat better and exercise regularly.
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