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Oct 15th, 2002, 10:22 AM
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?

Thank you very much,

Oct 15th, 2002, 10:32 AM
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.

Oct 15th, 2002, 10:34 AM
to answer your question, no, I'm sure none of the top players have diabetes. I don't know about other lower ranked players.

Oct 15th, 2002, 11:38 AM
tx i-girl

I know there are several topsoccer-players with diabetes. Pär Zetterberg playing for Olympiakos Piraeus is one of them..

Oct 15th, 2002, 11:46 AM
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.

Oct 15th, 2002, 11:50 AM
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.

Oct 15th, 2002, 12:01 PM
I don't know about tennis players but I know Steve Redgrave ia a diabetic and won five successive Olympic gold medals in Rowing...

Oct 15th, 2002, 12:07 PM
tx lala!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oct 15th, 2002, 12:44 PM
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.

Oct 15th, 2002, 12:50 PM
I think he has the 'light' version i-girl..check out this article:

Oct 15th, 2002, 12:50 PM
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.

Oct 15th, 2002, 01:00 PM
Originally posted by per4ever
I think he has the 'light' version i-girl..check out this article:

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.....

Oct 15th, 2002, 01:04 PM
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?

Oct 15th, 2002, 01:33 PM
Wasn't Arthur Ashe a diabetic? Not sure when he was diagnosed, though. Bill Talbert, another tennis great, certainly was.

Oct 15th, 2002, 01:37 PM
Gary Hall Jr., Olympic swimmer, is also a well-known diabetic. He was diagnosed before the Sydney Games I seem to recall.

tia clara
Oct 15th, 2002, 03:41 PM
I'm a Type II diabetic and what I've been told is exercise is good for a diabetic as it helps keep one's blood sugar count
down. Diet and medications can control Type II, so athletes shoukd be able to perform as long as they are careful about taking their meds and sticking to their diets.

Insulin dependant diabetics have more problems cotrolling their blood sugar, but exercise would still be good for them.

Big Fat Pink Elephant
Oct 15th, 2002, 04:08 PM
Originally posted by salima
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.

Hilde Glomsås has diabetes? i didn't know that...

My best friend has diabetes. She got it when she was 16. Her fam. has a history of high bloodsugar, but she's the only one with diabetes.

Oct 15th, 2002, 09:16 PM
tx all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oct 15th, 2002, 09:38 PM
Doesn't diabetes affect the freakishly obese?... :o

Meggy, I need your diet.

Oct 15th, 2002, 09:50 PM
My diet? It's quite easy to follow...

Eat nothing.

Although on weekends you can allow yourself to splurge out on a WHOLE lettuce leaf.

Oct 15th, 2002, 09:56 PM
If you ate ONE AND A HALF lettuce leaves, you might actually win a match...

...and Capriati is being reinstated into the FedCup team.

Oct 15th, 2002, 09:59 PM
Wha? Reinstated? But why? Aren't I a good enough replacement for her? After all, we both have the same record in Fed Cup this year: no win, one loss.

I will win a match one day...when I go back to the juniors

Oct 15th, 2002, 10:03 PM
No wait. I threw her off the team? What the **** did I do that for?!

Well, lets see, Capriati can't play for me. Venus won't play for me. Serena won't play for me. Monica will as long as I promise to buy her a free McDonalds. Lindsays getting married (damn). Chanda has too much sense.

Which leaves..... you.

You can play. But I'm the captain. You live and die by my rules.

Oct 15th, 2002, 10:04 PM
OK then...what are the rules?

Oct 15th, 2002, 10:09 PM
(1) If you're better than me, you're not on the team.
(2) We are playing to be a team, not to win.
(3) It's the taking part that counts.
(4) It's the taking part as a team which counts more than taking part.
(5) Tennis is a team game, an individual has the power of 4 if you practice as a team.
(6) i am not to be called a control freak.

Oct 15th, 2002, 10:14 PM
1) Obviously ok with me. Despite your advancing years and waistline, you could still whup my ass.
2) Playing not to win, my speciality.
3) Taking part? So it doesn't matter if I lose? OK!
4) So, if I lose my match(es) but the others win theirs and we win the tie, everything's ok? Count me in!
5) I need to practice as a team. Me on my own isn't doing much good these days.
6) I would never call you a control freak. Other might, but I wouldn't dare. I value my place in the team too much.

So, do I get my new team uniform? If so, I'm currently wearing a Child's Small size.

Oct 15th, 2002, 10:18 PM
This is me, modelling the uniform:
It's a team uniform.

Oct 15th, 2002, 10:19 PM
Where's the Stars and Stripes?

Do I get to wear the cap too?

Oct 15th, 2002, 10:22 PM
The cap is for me. I'm the captain.

Oct 15th, 2002, 10:25 PM
Is that why you chucked CAPriati? Did she want to wear the cap?

Ha! and you thought you wore the trousers in that TEAM.

Frau Antje
Oct 15th, 2002, 10:46 PM
my mother got diabetes when she was two years old. Since she is 35 she doesn't have to work anymore. So I don't think there are top-sportsmen with diabetes

Oct 15th, 2002, 10:48 PM
There are Frau Antje..there are..

Frau Antje
Oct 15th, 2002, 10:55 PM
yes, I see, but I can't imagine how they can do sports on such a high level

Colin B
Oct 16th, 2002, 02:54 PM
BILLIEJEANKING/MEGSHAUGHNESSY, once again you have INTERRUPTED a serious, interesting discussion with your GLIB REMARKS and SICK HUMOUR!!!!!!!!!!!. :fiery:

Please promise you'll never stop doing this - that was hilarious. :)

Oct 16th, 2002, 03:04 PM
Originally posted by Colin B
Please promise you'll never stop doing this - that was hilarious. :)
Been banned.

Oct 16th, 2002, 03:14 PM
they have been banned?

a sense of humor is nice, but as would have been obvious to them had they read the conversation, there are people on this board with diabetes, or people who have people they loved who were diabetece(sp), and don't find the illness amusing. a comment like "Doesn't diabetes affect the freakishly obese?... " is highly not amusing. neither is that picture.

Oct 16th, 2002, 03:36 PM
Another pro athlete with Type II diabetes is Ron Santo. He's an old timer now, but he played major league baseball and was injection dependent.