Mark Lowe(right) is a relief pitcher for the Seattle Mariners. He spent last year getting used to a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes made just prior to the 2008 season. However, lifestyle changes did not significantly alter the situation and he began losing weight through the off-season (as much as 15 pounds). His diagnosis has been changed to Type 1 diabetes and he is now treated with insulin.
Now, it's not an everyday occurrence to see a Type 1 diabetic relief pitcher in the major leagues. However, the Mariners have two.
"Brandon has been through it and can watch over it," Mariners trainer Rick Griffin said. "That helps me a lot."
Brandon Morrow knows exactly what Lowe is experiencing: the multiple times each day he takes a small needle and pricks the tip of his finger to test his blood glucose, or sugar, levels; the subsequent insulin shots that help his body respond properly to his sugar levels; the feelings of lethargy when his body bottoms out.
So while Lowe has a trainer, a team doctor, a team nutritionist, an endocrinologist and is trying to set up appointments with a diabetes-specific nutritionist, his greatest resource is his bullpen mate just a few feet away.
Brandon Morrow has been a Type 1 diabetic since his senior year in high school. He is a pump-treated diabetic