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post #1 of 37 (permalink) Old Oct 15th, 2002, 10:22 AM Thread Starter
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Diabetes in tennis

I wonder if there are topplayers in tennis with diabetes. My brother is making his thesis about 'Diabetes in topsport', and he would like to know if there are topplayers (men and/or women) with diabetes.

Does anyone have information about this?

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I doubt there are... at least with type A diabetes (the kind you're born with, not the kind elderly people sometimes develope), I doubt it would be possible. I know in Israel, people with diabetes aren't enlisted to the army like everyone else. they can volunteer, and get a position that doesn't envolve any physical activity. and they get exampted from "boot camp". full time physical activity is deemed to be too much for them. I imagine a career in sports would also be too much. my best friend had diabetes, she was very limited. maybe I'm wrong, though, and other people with diabetes are able to do this.

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to answer your question, no, I'm sure none of the top players have diabetes. I don't know about other lower ranked players.

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tx i-girl

I know there are several topsoccer-players with diabetes. Pär Zetterberg playing for Olympiakos Piraeus is one of them..
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One of the World cup x-country skiers has diabetes. Just now I can´t remember who, but it was an athlete who would practice more than 20 hours weekly. Terrible not to remember who, but some eyebrows was raised among the medical experts when she told them she had diabetes.
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tx Salima...that's what my brother is doing research on: what's the effect of diabetes on doing sports. Can u do topsport with this illness?

I'm sure there are more examples in other sports.
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I don't know about tennis players but I know Steve Redgrave ia a diabetic and won five successive Olympic gold medals in Rowing...

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tx lala!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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this is really surprising. are you sure they have the more difficult kind of diabetes? there are 2 kinds you know. I'm just thinking about my friend, she couldn't even take part in sports classes in school. maybe they have the easier kind, the kind you're not born with.

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I think he has the 'light' version i-girl..check out this article:
http://www.dyslexia-teacher.com/t109.html
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She had to injekt (right word?) insulin dayly, but off course I don`t know her personly. Her name is Hilde Glomsås, and her best result from Wchamp or Olympics is 7.
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I think he has the 'light' version i-girl..check out this article:
http://www.dyslexia-teacher.com/t109.html
I think he has type A which makes you insulin injection dependent.. which is the serious type. I believe the difference between the two types is, with type A, your pancreas stops producing insulin all together therefore the need for the injection, where as the other type, your body still produces insulin but at a slower rate than required.... in the latter case, you can take pills and watch out what you eat to control it.....

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tx..so it clearly is possible to perform on a high level with the serious version of diabetes!!!

I wonder if there are other big names in sports..may be people who never made this public?
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Wasn't Arthur Ashe a diabetic? Not sure when he was diagnosed, though. Bill Talbert, another tennis great, certainly was.
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Gary Hall Jr., Olympic swimmer, is also a well-known diabetic. He was diagnosed before the Sydney Games I seem to recall.
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