Nicole Johnson Baker

Today, diabetes does not have to stop people from doing much of anything. With proper planning and care, combined with the exciting new medical technology available, a person with diabetes can follow his or her dreams, even all the way to a crown, as Nicole Johnson Baker did.

When Baker was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age nineteen in 1993, she had no idea she would later be crowned Miss America in 1999. In fact, her doctors warned her against competing in the pageant because they said the stress would be harmful.

She entered anyway. During the entire pageant, she wore her insulin pump, as she always does, and talked with many people about the illness. Now in her mid-thirties, Baker is a national diabetes consultant for the company that makes her

Nichole Johnson Baker, a type 1 diabetic, leads the pageant parade in Atlantic City, New Jersey, after being crowned Miss America in September1999.
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