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Patrick Peterson Says He's "Diabetes Free"

Posted Aug 3, 2015

Cornerback confident he's got problem under control, dropping weight and feeling quicker

Patrick Peterson isn’t making any excuses for his play in 2014, and he doesn’t want anyone else doing it either.

But the Pro Bowl cornerback knows he’s in a better place for 2015, dropping “a lot” of weight and saying he has curbed the diabetes that afflicted him last season.

“I was tested again and as of right now, I am diabetes-free,” Peterson said Monday. “I still have to watch what I eat, sugar level, blood pressure, things like that.

“It’s a big step, especially after you first find out about something like that, you worry it’s life-threatening. But it’s definitely something that’s controllable. The team doctors and (head athletic trainer) Tom Reed have done a great job monitoring, and I’ve been great so far. I’m ready to move forward.”

Originally, Peterson said he had Type 1 diabetes but corrected himself in a tweet Monday night.

Peterson was diagnosed early in the regular season last year. He struggled with consistency all season but played well enough to be elected to the Pro Bowl for the fourth time in four NFL seasons. He reiterated he feels rejuvenated heading into this season with his health in the right place.

“This is probably the best I have felt in a while,” Peterson said declining to say exactly how much weight he’s dropped other than “enough.” “(I’m) moving real well. Much leaner, I feel much quicker, just more aware that I feel my time is now.

“The clock is ticking, I don’t have any time to waste. I have to put my best foot, my best effort, forward each and every Sunday.”

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