kirani james glasgow
kirani james glasgow

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…

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