Triathlete shares experiences of being an athlete with diabetes

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A triathlete spoke in Davenport about his struggles and experiences as an athlete with diabetes.

According to a spokesperson from Genesis Medical, on Friday, December 6, 2013 at Genesis Medical Center in Davenport, Ironman Triathlete Jay Hewitt shared his story of having type 1 diabetes as a multi-sport athlete.

Hewitt worked to not let his diabetes control his life or stop him from doing what he loves.

“I race to prove that diabetes cannot stop me from achieving my goals, and I am honored if I inspire others to overcome any obstacle to achieve their dreams,” Hewitt said. “The more we overcome, the greater the satisfaction and pride when we do.”

A now practicing lawyer, Hewitt said he first noticed signs of the disease during his first year of law school in 1992 at the University of South Carolina. He said he had no prior history of the disease and believes the stress of law school may have triggered the disease.

Hewitt was diagnosed with the disease at age 24, but continued competing in Ironman races and became a member of the U.S. National Long Course Triathlon Team at the 2004, 2005, and 2006 World Championships.

According to a report by Empower Your Health, Hewitt travels both around the country and internationally working as a motivational speaker.

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