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Wasim Akram

Wasim Akram was born in 1966 in Lahore, Pakistan.

He's best known for being one of the best fast bowlers in the world and played for the Pakistan National team. Akram was first signed to Lancashire Country cricket club in 1988 which began a very successful career in England. 

Being diagnosed with diabetes

Akram was diagnosed in 1997 in the middle of a Test cricket series. He'd been losing weight, becoming very tired and thirsty so was forced to see a doctor by his dad. 

Akram said, "I remember what a shock it was because I was a healthy sportsman with no history of diabetes in my family, so I didn't expect it at all. It seemed strange that it happened to me when I was 30, but it was a very stressful time and doctors said that can trigger it."

Before he was diagnosed, he put his symptoms down to he was training and had played the whole of the test series. When he was first told that he had Type 1 diabetes, he got quite depressed, especially after all his friends were telling him that he would have to give up cricket.

But, determined to prove them wrong, he brought his diabetes under control by carefully controlling his diet and exercise levels.

He continued to play world class cricket, and went on to become a legend in his own lifetime, being. All this despite having to inject with insulin three times a day.

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