Diabetes in its multiple forms is one of the most damaging ailments the world over. As the population gains access to the wrong foods and as humans become more sedentary as a species, diabetes will become more of a problem, even for world class athletes.
Olympic gold medalist and heavyweight boxing champion “Smoking” Joe Frazier battled many, MANY, tough challengers throughout his career and most of the time he came out on top. When he was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes as an older man things were not much different. Frazier was largely successful in his battle with the disease by taking oral medications, watching what he ate, and having faith in his doctors. Smokin Joe managed the disease until he died from cancer in 2011.
The good news is that there is much a person can do in the areas of diet, exercise, and lifestyle to help themselves. A diabetes diagnosis doesn’t mean that life is over, look to the following sports figures as proof that diabetes can be managed.