Wasim Akram: bowling diabetes away through diet and exercise!
Wasim Akram, a dynamic Pakistani fast bowler who is considered as one of the greatest players in the history of Cricket, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 31, when he was at the peak of his career. Akram’s dad forced him to consult a doctor when he started developing diabetes symptoms including considerable weight loss, thirst, excessive sleep and fatigue. Although confused and stressed at first, Wasim Akram vowed not to let Diabetes dictate his life. His strength and perseverance led him to capture another 250 wickets after the initial diagnosis, a staggering achievement (see his amazing exploits in these cricket highlights ).
Diabetes (also called Diabetes Mellitus) is a chronic disease that occurs due to high levels of blood sugar (or glucose). This disease effects more than 200 million people across the globe. There are 3 main types of diabetes: Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes and Gestational diabetes. Type 1 diabetes occurs due to the body’s failure to produce insulin. Type 2 diabetes, the most common among the three accounting for 95% of all cases in the US, occurs due to the body’s inability to use insulin. Gestational diabetes occurs due to high glucose levels in pregnant women. Although there are no treatments for diabetes, medicines, diet, cholesterol control and exercise can help control blood sugar and prevent symptoms.
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Wasim Akram is second only to Sri Lankan bowler, Muttiah Muralitharan in terms of One Day International wickets with 502 wickets. He is considered to be one of the founders of reverse swing bowling, and was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame in September, 2009. Wasim has been vocal about his battles with diabetes, and has participated in several ad campaigns to promote awareness of this disease, as well as the importance of maintaining a strict diet and exercise regime.
Way to go Wasim!