Because of the nature of untreated celiac disease and the affect it can have on the human body, I always find it interesting when an athlete defies the odds and makes it to the highest levels in their professional sport, only to later find out they suffer from celiac. Today is one of those days as I learned that Cedric Benson, a runningback in the National Football League (NFL) for the Cincinnati Bengals, was diagnosed with celiac disease awhile back.
If you don’t follow football closely, Cedric Benson starred at runningback in college for the Texas Longhorns and was later drafted by the Chicago Bears as the 4th overall pick where he played throughout his rookie contract. It appears that just before leaving the Bears he was officially diagnosed with celiac disease, which is confirmed in this article here. Since going on the gluten-free diet, his health and attitude towards life has greatly improved!
Benson looked noticeably different when he sat down to talk Thursday after lifting weights at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. He was diagnosed with Celiac Disease just before his release from the Bears and has had to learn how to eat gluton free. He now struggles to keep on weight but has more energy.
“I feel more alive,” Benson smiled.
If you’d like to learn more about athletes and celebrities who suffer from celiac disease, or that follow the gluten-free diet for their own personal reasons, you can check out our popular celebrities with celiac disease page, which is regularly updated as news like this is discovered.