March 07, 2015

The Fire to Inspire : Wasim Akram

Think fighting illnesses is hard? Looking for a role model? Look no further than our next door neighbours Pakistan. Cricketing legend Wasim Akram, former captain of the Pakistan cricket team is quite a unique success story, a rarity in our part of the world. 

The King of Swing came face to face with Diabetes and was on the back foot, but through discipline, will power and determination he overcame it in style and went on to become the leading wicket-taker in World cricket. He was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes amidst a series against the West Indies at the age of 30, when he was at his peak. 
Wasim had lost nearly 8 kg’s of weight in two months, not because green tea or fat burners but because he was unaware that he was suffering from Type 1 diabetes! One of the major factors in Wasim’s case was the stress that he underwent owing to certain match fixing allegations that he was later cleared of. 

Stress can be a major cause of diabetes, so you might want to take your foot off the gas and sit back every now and then. Wasim was devastated. Remember that one friend we all have that tells us that we can’t do a certain thing? Well he had quite a few of them, who told him that he wouldn’t be able to play cricket again. He was on the verge of a breakdown and even visited a psychiatrist. But then he was no ordinary guy, Wasim came out guns blazing and tamed the demon that diabetes is. He kept it in check by carefully controlling his diet and exercise and continued to play, clearing any doubts that the world may have and went on to smash a few more records! 

Today, he is part of an elite panel of commentators and you’ve probably heard him over and over while watching India play. He continues to take insulin thrice a day and works out daily. Wasim Akram has kept his diabetes in check for the past 8 years and continues to play cricket at a domestic level, at home with the kids. He wishes to create awareness about the disease in the subcontinent and participates in various campaigns and drives. 

Wasim is also the brand ambassador for Accu Chek which is a diabetes care brand. Wasim Akram is a role model for many. Many a player have succeeded on the field but to be a true winner means achieving success both on as well as off the field and that is something that Wasim has shown to the world. He has shown that diabetes is controllable and one can lead a normal happy life, once you accept it as a part of life and take necessary actions. 

Control Diabetes, don’t let it control you!

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