Type 2 diabetes is a chronic disorder associated with a family history of diabetes, obesity and even a lack of exercise. For many years Type 2 diabetes has been typically linked to myths, ideas and misconceptions that individuals suffering from this form of diabetes are always fat and lazy due to their inactive lifestyle. In contrast, reviews show anyone can develop Type 2 diabetes… even lean, active individuals. This way of thinking has many people wondering whether Type 2 diabetics can be great athletes.
Research has shown they can! Diabetes sufferers only need to:
- make firm choices,
- be proactive, and
- maintain a positive attitude towards their health status.
This way they are able to lead normal lives like the other athletes who do not suffer from Type 2 diabetes. It doesn’t matter the kind of athletics they engage in, as long as they are exercising regularly and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
To prove this, many of the top athletes in the world suffer from chronic Type 2 diabetes. Have a look at this list:
- Serena Williams… a woman who is known to dominate in women’s tennis.
- Lionel Messi… one of the greatest soccer players of all time.
- Sidney Crosby… a world-class hockey player.
- Steve Redgrave… won his fifth consecutive gold medal in the 2000 Olympics.
- Adam Morrison… an NBA star who plays for the Charlotte Bobcats.
- Gary Hall… Olympic gold medal winner in swimming.
- Kendall Simmons… offensive lineman for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
These individuals have made the choice that diabetes is not going to control their lives… these athletes took up the challenge and decided they were going to control their lives and their diabetes. They know the condition can be kept at bay as long as they are willing to do whatever it takes to make that happen.
The key to managing the disease is to control what is being placed in the body for energy and how effectively that energy is being used. Food choices are the first half of this equation since this is where most people get tripped up. The leaner the body, the more effective it is at burning available calories. The more excess weight the body carries, the harder it is for the body to fight to maintain normal blood sugar levels.
As athletes can tell you, exercise is the other important factor in managing Type 2 diabetes. While athletes may be well conditioned to endure strenuous levels of activity, any individual no matter what their level of fitness, can start out with low-impact exercise to build strength and trim their body fat. Athletes aren’t born in superb shape, each has to start at the beginning.