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10 Athletes You Didn't Know Had Type I Diabetes

Living with diabetes can be difficult, but competing in a sport at a high level or professionally with diabetes can be down right impossible sometimes. Here are 9 athletes you might not have known had type I diabetes to show you that even with diabetes, there is nothing stopping you!

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1. Jackie Robinson / Via

Jackie Robinson was an American professional baseball player. He was the second baseman and became the first African American to play in the Major Leagues. He was on the Dodgers and inducted into the baseball hall of fame.

2. Sean Busby

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Sean Busby is an American Olympic snowboarder. Diagnosed at 20 years old, the Olympic snowboarder was momentarily stalled by diabetes but it did not slow him down. In 2014 Sean became the first person with type 1 diabetes to backcountry snowboard all seven continents.

3. Gary Hall Jr.

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Gary Hall Jr. is an American Olympic swimmer who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 25. Even after Gary Hall Jr. was diagnosed he continued to compete at a high level, breaking the world record for men’s 50-meter freestyle race and winning three more medals.

4. Jay Cutler

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Jay Cutler is a NFL starting quarterback and was diagnoses with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 25. Jay Cutler now starts for the Chicago Bears and has a 42-30 record as a starting quarterback.

5. Nick Boynton

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Nick Boynton was originally misdiagnosed with Type II diabetes at age 19 just before his first NHL training camp. Nick went onto play more than 600 games in his career as well as winning the Stanley cup with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010.

6. Kelli Keuhne

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Kelli Keuhne was diagnosed with Type I diabetes at 10 years old. Kelli was well known for wearing her pump during play and it became a regular part of her outfit. Kelli was an All American at Texas and won the 1999 LPGA Corning Classic.

7. Chris Dudley

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Chris Dudley was a NBA player who was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes at age 16. Even after competing in the NBA he still does work with diabetes, starting the Dudley Foundation which runs camps for kids with diabetes.

8. Michelle McGann

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Michelle McGann started playing golf when she was just 7 years old and got diagnosed with Type I Diabetes at age 13. Michelle is an accomplished LPGA golfer and has even started her own foundation, The Michlle McGann Fund, which is dedicated to serving underprivileged children with diabetes.

9. Charlie Kimball

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Charlie Kimball is an Indycar racer who was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes when he was 22. Even though he took the rest of the season off to manage his disease when he was first diagnosed, he was able to come back stronger than ever. Charlie now drives #83 for Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi, his sponsors.

10. Team Novo Nordisk


Team Novo Nordisk is an elite team of professional cyclists. The only thing differentiating them from other teams though is that every member of the team is afflicted with diabetes. Even with diabetes though, they are still performing at a high level and helping raise diabetes awareness along the way!

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