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This list contains information about athletes who are diabetic, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Several famous NFL players, baseball stars, and Olympians have diabetes. Some of these athletes were diagnosed with the disease when they were young, while others were diagnosed during their sports careers. One famous baseball player lost both his legs due to diabetes.

Who is the most famous athlete who is diabetic? Adam Morrison tops our list. Adam Morrison was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was 13 years old. Jackie Robinson was diagnosed with diabetes after he retired from baseball in 1957. Jay Cutler was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2008. He administers daily insulin shots to manage the disease.

Ron Santo hid the fact that he had diabetes for much of his career. He had both of his legs amputated in the early-2000s. Arthur Ashe had type 2 diabetes. He contracted HIV from a blood transfusion he received during heart bypass surgery and died from AIDS-related complications in 1993. Gary Hall, Jr. was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1999. The following year he won the 50 m freestyle at the Olympic trials.

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Adam Morrison is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 26 Famous Athletes Who Are Diabetic
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Adam Morrison was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was 13 years old.

Age: 34

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Glendive, Montana, United States of America

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Jackie Robinson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 26 Famous Athletes Who Are Diabetic
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Jackie Robinson was diagnosed with diabetes after he retired from baseball in 1957.

Age: Died at 53 (1919-1972)

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Cairo, Georgia, United States of America

Teams: UCLA Bruins football, Brooklyn Dodgers, Brooklyn Dodgers, Kansas City Monarchs, Los Angeles Bulldogs, + more

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Jay Cutler is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 26 Famous Athletes Who Are Diabetic
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Jay Cutler was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2008. He administers daily insulin shots to manage the disease.

Age: 35

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Carter Township, Santa Claus, Indiana, United States of America

Teams: Chicago Bears

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Sam Fuld is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 26 Famous Athletes Who Are Diabetic
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Sam Fuld was diagnosed with diabetes when he was 10 years old. He gives himself insulin shots in the stomach every time he eats.

Age: 37

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Durham, New Hampshire, United States of America

Teams: Chicago Cubs, Chicago Cubs, Tampa Bay Rays, Oakland Athletics, Minnesota Twins

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