Top 20 Diabetic Sportspeople
Category : Top 20 Diabetic Sportspeople
The interplay between insulin therapy, diet, and exercise is extremely important to sportspeople with diabetes. The goal is to match the type, amount, and timing of insulin to food intake and activity level.
Regular monitoring of blood glucose levels is critical to ensuring that appropriate amounts of insulin are provided and metabolic complications are avoided.
Blood sugar levels have a direct impact on strength, speed, stamina, flexibility and healing capabilities – all essential components of success in sport and fitness activities.
Different forms of exercise can have very different effects on blood sugar, particularly when adrenal hormones start to kick in.
Around-the-clock control is necessary for maintaining appropriate hydration and energy stores for athletic performance.
Living with diabetes is an elite group of professional sportspeople, unstopped by their medical condition.
They are excelling against top competitors while managing a disease that demands constant attention and intensive management.
Circumstances change often in the world of sports, where winning is the end goal, not glucose control.
But fortunately for athletes with diabetes, technological advancements of the past few decades are allowing them to level the playing field to a point where they can focus more on succeeding in their sport while simultaneously triumphing over their disease.
The following is a list of notable ,inspiring sportspeople who have Diabetes!
1.Team Novo Nordisk-Phil Southerland
Team Novo Nordisk is a global all-diabetes sports team of cyclists, triathletes and runners, spearheaded by the world’s first all-diabetes professional cycling team. The team’s mission is to inspire, educate and empower people affected by diabetes.
Sir Steven Geoffrey Redgrave is a retired British rower who won gold medals at five consecutive Olympic Games from 1984 to 2000.
He has also won three Commonwealth Games gold medals and nine World Rowing Championships golds.
Daniel Fergus “Danny” McGrain is a Scottish former professional footballer who played for Celtic and Hamilton Accies in defence.
McGrain was also a Scotland international, winning 62 caps for his country and taking part in two World Cups.
Mari Ruddy, Director of TeamWILD, has lived with type 1 diabetes for 30 years and is a two time breast cancer survivor.
She founded TeamWILD in 2008 after searching high and low for resources for women with diabetes who wanted to exercise safely and with expert guidance.
Ginger Vieira has lived with type 1 diabetes and Celiac disease since 1999.
The author of Your Diabetes Science Experiment, Ginger also works as a cognitive health coach and diabetes expert at www.Living-in-Progress.com.
During 2009 and 2010, she set 15 records in drug-tested powerlifting with record lifts of 190 lb bench press, 265 lb squat, and a 308 lb deadlift.
Gary Wayne Hall, Jr.is an American former competition swimmer who represented the United States at the 1996, 2000, and 2004 Olympics and won ten Olympic medals (five gold, three silver, two bronze).
Arthur Robert Ashe, Jr. (July 10, 1943 – February 6, 1993) was an American World No. 1 professional tennis player.
He won three Grand Slam titles, ranking him among the best tennis players from the United States.
Christen Guilford “Chris” Dudley (born February 22, 1965) is a retired American basketball player and politician.
He played for 16 years and 886 games in the NBA for five different teams.
He was known primarily for his defensive skill as a rebounder and shot blocker.
In 2010, he was the Republican nominee for Governor of Oregon.
Sean, an OmniPod ambassador and the founder of Riding On Insulin, began his seven-continent mission in 2008, just four years after he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes while training for the 2010 Olympics.
From Antarctica in 2008 to Africa in 2014, Sean explored remote corners of the globe while proving that Type 1 diabetes can’t stop people from reaching the highest peaks in life.
10.Billie Jean King
Billie Jean King (née Moffitt; born November 22, 1943) is an American former World No. 1 professional tennis player.
King won 39 Grand Slam titles, including 12 singles, 16 women’s doubles, and 11 mixed doubles titles. King won the singles title at the inaugural WTA Tour Championships.
11. Zippora Karz
Zippora Karz is a former soloist ballerina with the New York City Ballet where she performed for 16 years on stage and in televised performances.
Miss Karz danced with the New York City Ballet from 1983 through 1999.
She was promoted to a soloist ballerina in the company—in 1993, six years after her diagnosis.
In the summer of 2001 Mallory Zorman, type 1 female speed skater was hospitalized and diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D) 2000 kilometers away from her home.
She was only six at the time so she didn’t know enough about diabetes to know that it would be a tough, life-altering disease.
Two years prior to being diagnosed, She followed in the footsteps of her older brother and began speed skating.
Samuel Babson “Sam” Fuld (born November 20, 1981) is an American professional baseball outfielder for the Oakland Athletics of Major League Baseball.
Despite being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 10, Fuld began his baseball career by twice batting .600 in high school, during which time Baseball America ranked him 19th in the country.
He played college baseball at Stanford. There, he was a two-time All-American, set the school record for career runs scored, and established the College World Series record for career hits.
Alan Davies (born 22 August 1948 in Ynysybwl) is a rugby union coach.
He has spent 20 years playing rugby, a stalwart of Neath RFC before taking on the role as the Welsh Rugby Union’s player welfare manager.
He was coach of the Wales national rugby union team, from 1991 to 1995, winning 18 of their 35 matches. Davies also coached Bristol RFC.
David is the founder and CEO of Fit4D, a company whose mission is to improve the lives of people with diabetes, and chronic conditions, worldwide.
David was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, at the age of 36, while training for a survival race.
A veteran of numerous running and triathlons races (including Ironman triathlons consisting of a 2.4M swim, 112M bike and 26.2M run),
16. Ryan Reed
Ryan Reed (born August 12, 1993) is an American professional stock car racing driver.
Reed began racing at age 4, and in 2009, won the Legends Division championship at Irwindale Speedway.
In 2010, he entered the Super Late Model Division, and became the track’s youngest Super Late Model winner, and won Rookie of the Year.
17.James “Buster” Douglas
James “Buster” Douglas (born April 7, 1960) is an American former professional boxer.
He is best known for his stunning upset of Mike Tyson on February 11, 1990 in Tokyo to win the undisputed world heavyweight title.
The son of professional boxer William “Dynamite” Douglas, Douglas grew up in Columbus, Ohio, in the predominantly black Linden-area neighborhood of Windsor Terrace.
Scott Dunton is a world-class professional surfer.
Dunton began surfing at the age of 5 and started competing when he was 15 years old in local contests in central California.
He has surfed the California coastline as well as Hawai, Florida, Brazil, Australia and New Zealand.
He plays water polo and is a whitewater rafter, water skier and wake boarder. He also likes to go kayaking with his dog, Kai.
Professional surfer Scott Dunton was hit by a major setback at the age of 16 when he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.
Scott Rachal Verplank (born July 9, 1964) is an American professional golfer, who has played on the PGA Tour and the Champions Tour.
Verplank was born and raised in Dallas, Texas.
Verplank was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 9 after lapsing into a coma.
Wasim Akram ( born 3 June 1966) is a former Pakistani cricketer.
He is acknowledged as one of the greatest bowlers of all time.
A left-arm fast bowler who could bowl with significant pace who represented the Pakistan national cricket team in Test cricket and One Day International (ODI) matches.
Akram is regarded as one of the greatest fast bowlers in the history of game.
In the past 2 years over 300 individuals in Ireland have fundraised over €70,000 by participating in fundraising events across the globe for diabetes.
For more information on these fundraising activities refer to Diabetes Ireland Website!
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