Former World and Olympic 400 metres champion, Kirani James, has revealed his battle with Graves’ disease, but says he is looking forward to resuming competition in earnest following a year-long break.
The 24-year-old Grenadian competed for the first time since April last year when he won the quarter-mile at Racers Grand Prix here last weekend.
“I found out I had Graves’ disease and for people who don’t know what that’s about, it’s a disease that affects your thyroid,” James explained.
“And when it overacts it affects your hormones, speeds up your metabolism, weight loss, muscle weaknesses, shortness of breath, a lot of symptoms; sometimes it varies. So I had to see doctors and be on medication.”
Graves’ is an autoimmune disease which leads to a “generalized overactivity of the entire thyroid gland”, according to the American Thyroid Association.
It can, in some instances, be life-threatening.
James is one of the leading…