Halle Berry grateful for being a diabetic

You don't often hear people giving thanks for having a life-altering disease.

But Halle Berry recently sat down on the Wendy Williams show and told the host that having diabetes has changed her life for the better. The star says that the reason she's able to stay young-looking at 45 is because diabetes has forced her to be health-conscious.

An obstacle as a gift

"It's really been a good thing for my life," the actress said.

When Williams asked her if she would be willing to gain 100 pounds for a movie role, Berry replied that while she would be tempted to do it for the art of her "craft," it could be an incredibly dangerous thing for her health.

“Taking care of my health and keeping my weight a certain (level) is really very much a part of taking care of myself and being healthy, and because I’m a mom now, I wouldn’t take risks like that.”

Berry's diabetes journey

In 1989, while working on the show "Living Dolls," Berry collapsed on set and fell into a diabetic coma for a week. After being diagnosed with the disease, she was told by doctors that she would need daily insulin injections for the rest of her life and that her diet needed to change. She hired a personal trainer, cut out red meat and gave up junk food.

"Diabetes turned out to be a gift," she said. "It gave me strength and toughness because I had to face reality, no matter how uncomfortable or painful it was."

Berry stars in the newly released movie "Cloud Atlas."

Sources: Examiner, Daily Mail

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