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 with diabetes 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 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.[29]

Team Novo Nordisk is the first professional cycling team to be comprised completely of riders living with type 1 diabetes.[30] All riders, including Mandy Marquardt (United States) Javier Mejías (Spain),[31] 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.[32][33]

Football[edit]

Figure Skating[edit]

  • Tyler ter Meulen von Hohenstaufen, Men's singles, Type 1

Gaelic Football[edit]

Golf[edit]

Gymnastics[edit]

Ice hockey[edit]

Field Hockey[edit]

Jiu-Jitsu[edit]

  • Joao Coelho, IBJJF and SJJIF Fighter, type 1 2018 SJJIF World Champion, 2019 IBJJF and SJJIF World Champion, 2021 SJJIF World Champion.[62][63]

Mixed Martial Arts[edit]

  • Jordan Williams, UFC Fighter, type 1.[64]

Motor racing[edit]

Rowing[edit]

  • Michal Jelinski, Poland, Olympic gold medal winner 2008, four-time World Champion (2005–2009) quadruple sculls, type 1[citation needed]
  • Chris Jarvis, Canada, Olympic rower 2004, 2008, pan-am games champion (2007) Men's pair, type 1
  • Sir Steve Redgrave, UK, 5 Olympic gold medals, 9 World championship golds, 3 Commonwealth golds type 1

Rugby league[edit]

Rugby union[edit]

Softball[edit]

Squash[edit]

  • Justin Todd, Canadian Singles and Doubles, Psa, Sda, type 1.

Swimming and Running[edit]

  • Gary Hall, Jr., American freestyler, five-time Olympic gold medallist (1996, 2000, 2004), type 1.

Taekwondo[edit]

  • Anamarija Runtić, European Champion in Latvia (2015), Croatian national champion 2x from Split, Croatia, type 1

Tennis[edit]

  • Arthur Ashe, American winner of 3 Grand Slam Titles (1968 US Open, 1970 Australian Open, 1975 Wimbledon), type 2.[74]
  • 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.[75]
  • Alexander Zverev, Germany, World #2 (August 6, 2022), Olympic Gold Medalist, Type 1.[76]

Winter sports[edit]

Wrestling[edit]

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