Monday, November 28, 2011

Wasim Akram: I won't let diabetes bowl me out

Wasim hopes that his own example of perseverance will inspire others.

"I meet patients in hospitals wherever I go to motivate people. I take my shots of insulin in front of them, eat with them, and generally boost their morale. I hope to motivate youngsters to adopt a healthier lifestyle. I want to show them it's normal to have this condition."

To anyone sceptical of being able to live a normal life with diabetes, Wasim's answer is simple: "I took 250 wickets after I was diagnosed with diabetes. You think you can't beat it?!"

Types of diabetes

Type 1 diabetes, sometimes called insulin-dependent, immune-mediated or juvenile-onset diabetes. Caused by an auto-immune reaction where the body's defense system attacks the insulin-producing cells. The disease can affect people of any age, but usually occurs in children or young adults. People with this form of diabetes need injections of insulin every day to control the levels of glucose in their blood.

Type 2 diabetes, sometimes called non-insulin dependent diabetes or adult-onset diabetes. Accounts for 90 per cent of all cases of diabetes. Can remain undetected for many years and the diagnosis is often made from associated complications or incidentally through an abnormal blood or urine glucose test. Often, associated with obesity, which itself can cause insulin resistance and lead to elevated blood glucose levels.

Gestational diabetes (GDM). Occurs with high blood glucose levels during pregnancy. Usually disappears after pregnancy but women with GDM and offspring are at an increased risk of type 2 diabetes later in life.

Source: International Diabetes Federation

Wasim's record

Wasim Akram is regarded as one of the best fast bowlers in the history of cricket. Known as the Sultan of Swing for the way he gets the ball to swing, he's taken an impressive 881 wickets in first-class cricket. He's second only to Sri Lankan off-spin bowler, Muttiah Muralitharan, in terms of One Day International (ODI) wickets, with 502. He is said to have devised the reverse swing bowling technique. He was the first bowler to reach the 500-wicket landmark in ODI cricket during the 2003 World Cup. In 2002, the cricket reference book, Wisden, released its only and final list of best players of all time: Wasim was ranked as the best bowler in ODI with a rating of 1223.5, ahead of Allan Donald, Imran Khan, Waqar Younis, Joel Garner, Glen McGratt and Muralitharan.

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