HALLE BERRY'S DIABETES BATTLE

Published on: December 19, 2005
HALLE BERRY'S DIABETES BATTLE

By FELICITY MARR

Bombshell movie star Halle Berry has spoken candidly about a sudden health crisis that put her in a coma for a week and nearly ended her life.

Halle, 39, said she was working on the set of the television sitcom Living Dolls in 1989 when she just collapsed and fell unconscious. She told a freelance journalist: "I went into hospital on my last breath. I went into a coma that lasted seven days. I thought I would die."

The Die Another Day and Catwoman star was eventually diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, also known as adult-onset diabetes, a serious illness that can lead to blindness, heart disease, kidney failure and early death.

The Oscar-winning actress was unaware she even had the condition, which occurs when patients are unable to produce enough insulin in their pancreas. Some sufferers are forced to have their limbs amputated because of circulation problems.

Ever since her attack, Halle has injected herself with insulin three times a day to keep her blood sugar levels steady. "Diabetes caught me totally off guard because I had never heard of any family members having the disease," she said.

"It was the first time I had to work long hours. I couldn't take a breather to lie down or get a candy bar when I felt I needed it. So I had to tough it out. I was scared to death."

For more on Halle's struggle with diabetes, pick up a copy of this week's National Enquirer.