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Kitty Carruthers

Type 2 Diabetes Success Story

Kitty with her brother Peter

U.S. Olympic medalist and National Figure Skating Champion Kitty Carruthers does not allow type 2 diabetes to get in the way of her active daily life. She's determined to successfully remain healthy with the same tenaciousness used to succeed as an Olympic Silver medalist (1984), World Bronze medalist (1982) and a four-time (1981-1984) United States National champion.

“Figure skating is about life lessons," she said. “It teaches you to get up after you've fallen.” Kitty insists on living a healthy lifestyle. “I’m lucky, because I love good food,” she joked. 

Carruthers is motivated to stay healthy in order to enjoy her family and continue as an athlete. She does acknowledges that type 2 diabetes is a chronic disease. “There are days when I watch other people eating doughnuts and cake," she said. "Life is unfair and sometimes I have a little pity party.”

She takes her health very seriously and believes that eating well and exercising regularly is the only option for her. As an elite athlete, Carruthers has first-hand experience with the self-discipline required for athletic achievement.

Dr. David Harlan has been helping her for many years and together they've managed to keep her blood sugars within a healthy target range. “Diabetes can develop in anyone, even an energetic and health consciousness world-class athlete," said Dr. Harlan. "Modern treatments are great, but they must be tailored to each individual. We’re honored to work with Ms. Carruthers as she continues her true passion to inspire others to achieve their life’s dreams.”

Carruthers progressed from gestational diabetes to a more severe form that had to be managed with insulin. For 10 years she was under the care of doctors in Houston, but was not satisfied. Her long time physician and beloved family friend, was one of UMass Chan Medical School's most celebrated faculty, Dr. Arthur Pappas. He recommended that she move her diabetes care to the UMass Diabetes Center of Excellence.

"Dr. Harlan is the first physician who truly cared about me as a person!" she exclaimed. "He changed my life."    

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