‘I wasn’t that girl who goes to the doctor’

Patti LaBelle says she didn’t seek medical care often before her diabetes diagnosis. “I wasn’t that girl who goes to the doctor. It saved my life, falling out on stage that night.” (Photo by Aaron J. Thornton/Getty Images)
Patti LaBelle says she didn’t seek medical care often before her diabetes diagnosis. “I wasn’t that girl who goes to the doctor. It saved my life, falling out on stage that night.” (Photo by Aaron J. Thornton/Getty Images)

Patti LaBelle thought she had no symptoms leading up to her diabetes diagnosis more than 25 years ago. But when she collapsed onstage in 1994, it was a wake-up call.

“I landed on working so hard,” the Grammy Award-winning singer tells Yahoo Life. “We toured a lot and I figured I was exhausted when I fell onstage. We were singing and I passed out.”

LaBelle was in her 50s at the time and was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in the hospital. Despite a family history of diabetes — her mother had her legs amputated because of the disease and her aunt went blind from diabetes — LaBelle was shocked by her

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