Halle Berry has learned to manage her diabetes.
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Hollywood star Halle Berry then lay dangerously ill in a diabetic coma for a week before waking to a life that would never be the same again.
"Diabetes caught me completely off guard," she explains.
"None of my family had suffered from the illness and although I was slightly overweight in school, I thought I was pretty healthy.
"I fell ill - dramatically - when I was on the TV show, Living Dolls, in 1989. I felt I needed energy but I didn't even have a minute to pop out and get a chocolate bar. I didn't really know what was wrong."
Halle, now 39, was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, where the body is unable to produce enough insulin to process sugar into energy.
"I thought I could tough it out, but I couldn't have been more wrong," she says. "One day, I simply passed out, and I didn't wake up for seven days, which is obviously very serious."
Type 2 Diabetes can take years to develop, with sufferers experiencing symptoms like Halle's constant feelings of tiredness. Others include blurred vision, weight loss, raging thirst, genital itching and tingling in the hands and feet.
She has learned to live with her illness.