Aida Turturro Biography
Claim to Fame: Actress (The Sopranos)
DOB: September 25,1962
Diabetes Type: 2
Aida Turturro, better known as ‘Janice Soprano' on the HBO drama "The Sopranos," was born on September 25, 1962 in New York City. Her acting career began in 1984 at State University of New York at New Paltz, where she graduated with a degree in theatre. During her last year at SUNY, Turturro performed as Mayor Dawgmeat in her school's production of "Li'l Abner." Turturro had always wanted to pursue an acting career and was highly influenced by her cousins, Nicolas and John Turturro.
Aida landed many roles on stage and on screen, including Woody Allen's Manhattan Murder Mystery, Frank Oz's What About Bob?, and the Broadway success "A Streetcar Named Desire." In 2000 she made her first appearance as Janice Soprano, sister to mobster Tony Soprano on the smash hit "The Sopranos."
It was only one year later that Turturro was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Not taking it seriously, Turturro ignored the seriousness of the disease and disobeyed her doctor's orders to watch her diet and take oral medication. In 2003 her condition drastically worsened, which forced Turturro to learn how to take care of her health. She has made positive adjustments to her diet and now takes Lantus on a regular basis.
Aida has this to say about managing diabetes: "Help yourself. Read a book. Go on the Internet. Visit a nutritionist. Exercise. Monitor your blood sugar every day. Get your A1C checked every three months. This is something that is not going to just go away. And don't expect to be perfect every day.
"I want to urge people not taking care of themselves to go to their doctor, go to their nutritionist, learn the basics, and start taking care of themselves. You need to be not just managing the disease, but taking charge.
"After I was diagnosed, I was in denial and I really didn't understand it. Now I've been on Lantus and Novolog insulin, doing the exercise, eating the veggies, doing all carb calculations and all the work. I've learned a lot of things, and I'm feeling really good and energetic.
"I want people to know this is a serious disease. If managed, you can live a very happy and healthy life. It's hard enough to stay healthy, you know… I don't want to be hurting myself anymore … and I want others to learn to stop doing that."
Turturro has regained control of her health and has made appearances in many feature films and television programs, including "ER," "Jimmy Kimmel Live," and Survival of the Fittest. As of 2009 she has two films in post-production: Close Quarters and A Little Help.
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