Every sport is different, every athlete is different.
Here are the athletes with T1D that I've been lucky enough to interview. Hover over the "Athletes" tab at the top, and click on the athlete of your choice to read their stories.
What works for them, may not work for you. Please consult with your doctor before making any changes to your Diabetes care plan.
NFL Professional Football Player
Baltimore Ravens Tight End
2019, 2021, 2022 Pro Bowl
"Never have that doubt that just because you’re a T1D, you’re not going to be able to be as good as somebody else. Go out and chase your dreams. That’s in sports, that’s in football, lacrosse, or whatever it may be. Go out and do it because this disease is not going to stop you...If you try hard enough, and you work hard enough, anything is possible."
Seattle Sounders FC Winger/Forward
2022 US Men's National Team
2020 Sounders FC Team MVP
2019 MLS Comeback Player of the Year
"We were given diabetes because we're strong enough to handle it...it just can't hold you back from getting to where you want to be...there's tough days, there's days where I wanted to give up...it really can't hold you back from accomplishing your goals"
IndyCar Racecar Driver
IndyCar Series 2011-Present
Winner of 2013 24 Hours of Daytona
"Having diabetes may change how you go about things in life, but when you overcome this challenge, and you go out there and succeed on the playing field, on the racetrack...or whatever that looks like for you, as an athlete with diabetes, it will be that much sweeter... it really is an incredible feeling to overcome that challenge and succeed, and know that diabetes didn’t get in the way of you living your dreams."
"I think that the best thing you can do is just try your hardest because there are so many days where you feel like you’re losing, but you’re not, you’re just doing the best you can...just do your best, and know that it’s gonna be okay. You’ll live to see another day, tomorrow’s a new day, it’s gonna be alright."
Professional Lacrosse Player
Major League Lacrosse 2008-2014
Team USA 2014
"I would never wish Type 1 on anyone, even my worst enemy, but I do think that it’s my superpower. I think the lessons that I’ve learned from Type 1, that I’ve been able to apply both academically back in the day, athletically, and now in my professional life, have made me who I am."
Other Athletes With Type 1:
Please let me know if you can get me in touch with any pro-athletes living with T1D.
None of the information on this site should be considered medical advice. Please speak with your doctor before making any changes to your Diabetes care plan.