List of sportspeople with diabetes

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Improvements in the management of diabetes mellitus in the twentieth century have made it possible for athletes to compete in sport at a professional level. While it is rare for professional athletes to have type 2 diabetes, a number of notable athletes have type 1.

Literature on the management of diabetes in competitive sports focuses on the difficulties with balancing energy and insulin intake during periods of strenuous exercise.[1]

The following is a list of notable sportspeople who have had diabetes during their careers. It does not include athletes diagnosed after retirement.

American football[edit]

Australian rules football[edit]

Baseball[edit]

Basketball[edit]

Cricket[edit]

Cycling[edit]

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.[20]

Team Novo Nordisk is the first professional cycling team to be comprised completely of riders living with type 1 diabetes.[21] All riders, including Javier Mejías (Spain),[22] Andrea Peron (Italy), Martijn Verschoor (Netherlands), and several of the team’s staff, including Phil Southerland and VP of Marketing Matt Vogel, are living with diabetes.[23][24]

Football/soccer[edit]

Golf[edit]

Ice hockey[edit]

Motor racing[edit]

Rowing[edit]

  • Sir Steve Redgrave, England, five-time Olympic gold medal winner (1984–2000), type 1.[18]
  • Michal Jelinski, Poland, Olympic gold medal winner 2008, four-time World Champion (2005–2009) quadrouple sculls, type 1[citation needed]
  • Chris Jarvis,Canada, Olympic rower 2004, 2008, pan-am games champion (2007) Men's pair, type 1

Rugby league[edit]

Rugby union[edit]

Softball[edit]

Swimming and Running[edit]

Tennis[edit]

  • Arthur Ashe, United States of America, winner of 3 Grand Slam Titles (1968 US Open, 1970 Australian Open, 1975 Wimbledon), type 2.[46]
  • Billie Jean King, United States of America, winner of 20 Wimbledon titles, 3 U.S. Open titles, one Australian Open title, four French Open titles, and 695 career singles victories, type 2.[47]

Winter sports[edit]

References[edit]

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