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10 Athletes with Celiac Disease

Updated June 14, 2019 24.4k views7 items

Which of the most popular athletes suffer from Celiac disease? Several famous Tennis players, NFL stars, and Olympians have Celiac disease, a condition that makes individuals intolerant to gluten. Some of these athletes were diagnosed with Celiac disease when they were young, while others were diagnosed later in life.

Who is the most famous athlete with Celiac disease? Novak Djokovic tops our list. Novak Djokovic discovered that he had a gluten intolerance in 2010. He went on to win Wimbledon the following year. Sabine Lisicki suffers from a gluten intolerance. She has said that she feels more energetic since eliminating wheat from her diet. Cedric Benson was diagnosed with Celiac disease in 2009.

Professional golfer Sarah Jane Smith was diagnosed with Celiac disease when she was 23 years old. She says, "It’s so important for people to understand this is something they can take control of. Celiac disease doesn’t have to control you." Hockey announcer Mickey Redmond doesn't like to go on long trips due to trouble finding foods that accommodate his Celiac disease.

Do you think that it would be tough to eliminate gluten from your diet? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
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  • Novak Djokovic discovered that he had a gluten intolerance in 2010. He went on to win Wimbledon the following year.
    • Age: 33
    • Nationality: Serbia
    • Birthplace: Belgrade, Serbia

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  • Drew Brees is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 10 Athletes with Celiac Disease
    Photo: US Navy / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain
    Drew Brees reportedly suffers from Celiac disease.
    • Age: 41
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Austin, Texas, United States of America
    • Teams: New Orleans Saints, San Diego Chargers, Purdue Boilermakers football

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  • Sabine Lisicki is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 10 Athletes with Celiac Disease
    Photo: Keith Allison / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA 2.0
    Sabine Lisicki suffers from a gluten intolerance. She has said that she feels more energetic since eliminating wheat from her diet.
    • Age: 31
    • Nationality: Germany
    • Birthplace: Troisdorf, Germany
  • Cedric Benson

    Cedric Benson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 10 Athletes with Celiac Disease
    Photo: Bearhanded / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA 3.0
    Cedric Benson was diagnosed with Celiac disease in 2009.
    • Age: 38
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Midland, Texas, United States of America
    • Teams: Green Bay Packers, Cincinnati Bengals, Texas Longhorns football
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