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Type 1 Diabetes

Steel Magnolias (1989) 

In this classic ‘80s chick flick, Julia Roberts plays a young woman with type 1 diabetes who unexpectedly gets pregnant. Though her doctors advise against it, she decides to have the baby—and pays for it with her life when her kidneys fail.

Medically speaking, the movie’s tragic storyline is “very, very far from the truth,” says endocrinologist Richard Hellman, MD. “Many young women with diabetes who saw this movie shied away from having babies because they were convinced that if you get pregnant, you die. The reality is, for women with diabetes pregnancy is difficult but very doable."

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