•• Elizabeth Perkins has the best natural beauty tips. How does the star of ”Big,” “About Last Night” and “Weeds” look ageless? “It’s called being happy and loving yourself for who you are,” she insists. “It’s also about not taking life so seriously.” Perkins says that her happiness was almost derailed by a serious medical diagnosis.
“When I was diagnosed with diabetes I felt like, ‘This is the end of the road for me.’ What I came to learn was it was just the beginning of an amazing experience.” This brings us back to the topic at hand: beauty. “I look this way because I eat better these days and I exercise more. Those are truly the best beauty secrets besides water and not tanning. The more you take care of yourself, the better you will look and feel. That’s the true beauty secret.”The 52-year-old native of Queens even takes that up a notch. “If you make taking care of yourself a family affair then everyone will be healthier for it,” she says.
- Elizabeth Perkins on living with diabetes:
Her new campaign called “Diabetes Co-stars.” It honors those special people in your life who help you manage the disease. “We’re making a documentary about it and holding a nationwide casting call cheering on the people living with diabetes.”
You can go to the website diabetescostars.com to nominate someone special in your life who helps you deal with diabetes or has had the biggest impact on your diabetes journey. Or you can share your story of how you inspire a loved one living with diabetes. “I feel very passionate about this campaign,” she says. “We need to honor the people who cheer us on and support us while also offering us strength. Her costar has been her husband, famed cinematographer Julio Macat. Living with diabetes hasn’t been easy. “I felt so alone and isolated after I was diagnosed and no one should feel that way,” she says.
Elizabeth Perkins was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2005. She admits that it wasn’t an easy time for her. “It was very overwhelming to me. I’m someone who tends to isolate and keep to myself,” she says. “The truth was I wasn’t sure how to manage diabetes on my own. “Once I started opening up and seeking support, I realized that I needed a co-star on my journey.
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