Bret Michaels rocks out for type 1 diabetes

The rock and roll lifestyle is not exactly synonymous with healthy choices. However, in the case of musician and reality TV star Bret Michaels, it has to be.

Michaels was featured this week in an article in the Beverly Hills Times for his work raising money for diabetes charities. He recently gave a concert in support of the Phoenix Children's Hospital and the Boy's and Girl's Club of Scottsdale. The funds raised went to sustain programs offered by the American Diabetes Association.

Additionally, he raised more than $300,000 while competing on the reality show Celebrity Apprentice. His appearance on the popular show earned him praise for putting a face on the problem of type 1 diabetes.

However, the climb to the top of the music industry mountain wasn't always so easy for Michaels. He was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 6 and has been managing the condition ever since then. During the 1980s, as the lead singer of the hit band Poison, his talents took him around the world. Yet, the condition remained with him.

Michaels' experience with type 1 diabetes has driven him to help make the lives of other diabetics a little easier. He has championed the causes of prevention and management. Through a partnership with the American Diabetes Association, he has been able to raise a significant amount of money to advocate for these causes.

"As someone with type 1 diabetes, I know how difficult it can be to live with this disease and how important it is to raise awareness so that we can eventually put a stop to diabetes," Michaels said in a statement following an event last year.