Athletes with Diabetes – Type 1 and Type 2

First published in February 2022 – Last edited in September 2022 by Luka Tunjic. © All rights reserved.

Apart from one example (Artur Ashe), Type 2 diabetes is unheard of among the competitive sportiest. In contrast, Type 1 diabetes is prevalent among the sportiest participating in certain sports activities like driving bicycles, triathlon, etc. In contrast, the incidence of Type 1 diabetes among competitive sportiest in certain sports (competitive tennis players, etc.) is unheard of or almost non-existent.

1) On the one hand, Type 2 diabetes is unheard of among all competitive athletes, independent of sports activity type.
2) Type 1 diabetes is prevalent among competitive athletes of certain sports like cycling, triathlon, baseball etc. Still, it is unheard of or almost non-existent among competitive athletes in certain sports, like tennis, football, etc.
a) Competitive athletes with Type 1 diabetes get diagnosed after participating in sports activities for a while. (Note! I didn’t find a single competitive athlete that was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes as a child.
b) The difference between the incidence of type 1 diabetes between certain sports activities is manifold.

An analysis of the prevalence of Type 1 diabetes and Type 2 diabetes among competitive athletes further points out that breathing biomechanics is the reason for the development of Type 1 diabetes.

Note! Certain sports and leisure activities like riding a bicycle promote mostly upper chest breathing, where the rest of the trunk becomes less active in the breathing process. In that case, the area of the trunk where the pancreas is located less expanding during inhalation and less constricting during exhalation.

People with Type 2 diabetes breathe mainly through the middle and lower parts of the trunk (belly breathing) due to their posture and musculoskeletal alignment (obese people) or habitual breathing biomechanics (non-obese people).

Below are links to the authors’ research work on Type 1 Diabetes from 2004 through 2012.

  1. Postural Profile of People with Type 1 Diabetes –
  2. Musculoskeletal Profile of Normal Weight People without and with T1D –
  3. A Link Between Occupation and Type 1 Diabetes –
  4. Weight Loss and Type 1 Diabetes –
  5. Obesity and Type 1 Diabetes –
  6. Insulin Therapy and Weight Gain –
  7. Spontaneous Remission of Type 1 Diabetes –
  8. Post-exercise Hypoglycemia –
  9. What Stimulates the Pancreas to Work Properly –
  10. Type 1 Diabetes in American Indians, Alaska Natives –
  11. Chiropractic Pioneering Research into Type 1 Diabetes –

This page was last time updated on August 25, 2022. I hope my presentation is understandable. Still, I think that can be better explained, and I will continue to work on this subject. If you find this interesting, please revisit this page because it will be from time to time updated.

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