Friday, May 2, 2008

New type 1 diabetic: Jay Cutler, Denver Broncos quarterback

This story comes from my hometown: Denver Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler was just recently diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. He just turned 25, so he is about 3 years older than I was when I was diagnosed. (I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 6 years ago, at the age of 22.)

Apparently they are expecting a lot of public concern, because they keep stressing that he is doing fine with it:

"People need to understand this is very treatable," said a Broncos source. "Jay's going to be fine."

They also were careful to point out that Cutler has been practicing with the rest of the team, and that there has been no move to replace him.

The fact that they even need to say that frustrates me. There are many cases of world-class athletes competing with type 1 diabetes, yet every time they make headlines like it's a brand new situation.

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