Neil Young the Diabetic Rockstar

Categories: Celebrities, Lifestyle

Neil Young was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes as a young child but that has never slowed him down. Neil Young has done very impressive things with his life including being a famous rock-and-roll artist and movie director and now more recently, an environmentalist.

At the tender age of 12 years old, Neil Young was influenced by some all-time greats including Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash. His first instrument was a plastic ukulele that was later upgraded to a banjo then baritone ukulele. It was in high school where the young Canadian singer-songwriter really started to get into music as he formed his first band, The Jades. He continued to play in smaller bands and toured Canada until the age of 21 when he caught a ride to the coast. His new home became Los Angeles.

Although he was illegally residing in the USA until 1970, he was able to create a name for himself. He was a part of Buffalo Springfield which later earned him a spot in the Hall-of-Fame. The next two years after that involved him going solo, forming Crazy Horse and finally CSNY which earned him a Grammy for Best New Artist.

After his initial breakout, Neil Young has continued to produce great music with his latest album out in 2010. His notable humanitarian efforts include the Mission School, an educational organization for children with severe verbal and physical disabilities, and Farm Aid, held to raise money for family farmers in the United States.

Neil Young currently resides in a 1500 acre ranch, just south of San Francisco, CA.

By: DiabeticCare editorial team; Published: 5-3-2013, 12:00 PM

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