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Black History of Health: Halle Berry


Halle Berry

Though Halle Berry is well known for her acting these days, she actually started out as a model. This venture eventually led to her being crowned the first runner-up in the 1986 Miss USA pageant. It wasn’t until three years later that she moved to New York to pursue a career in acting. While things started slowly, Halle got her big break in the romantic comedy ‘Boomerang’ in 1992. 

Working consistently, Halle eventually received awards for her performances in “Introducing Dorothy Dandridge” and “Monster’s Ball”. Though her career has mostly centered around acting, she has been a spokesmodel for Revlon since 1996 and made her directorial debut with the Netflix drama “Bruised” in 2020. 

Halle Berry isn’t only known for her acting prowess, however. Over the years, she’s been very vocal about being diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 22.

Halle Berry: “Diabetes Is A Gift”

There was even a bit of controversy when she stated that switching to a keto diet allowed her to keep the disease under control. Even so, dealing with diabetes was the inspiration behind her new health-based platform, Re-Spin

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What Is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a condition where your body doesn’t break down sugar as efficiently as it should. This issue is attached to the body’s production of the hormone, insulin.

When you have diabetes, you’re either not producing enough insulin or your body isn’t using the hormone well. If this is happening, it can result in significant fluctuations in the sugar level in the body, which in turn affects how much energy you have. 

The condition can also cause other health issues such as heart disease, kidney disease, and vision loss.

Additionally, you can get diagnosed with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. While the former is an autoimmune condition, the latter is typically influenced by

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