Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Baylor's 6'4" MVP stands on the baseline at practice drinking a juice box. She prefers apple because it hits her system quickly. And she just likes the taste. After guzzling it, Lauren Cox jumps right back into a half-court drill, raises her hands and intercepts a pass. About 20 minutes later her blood sugar has fallen again. She needs another juice, another corrective for a condition she's been battling most of her life. Another quick swig and she returns to the floor.
Cox has Type 1 diabetes, an autoimmune disease in which the body cannot produce enough insulin to regulate blood glucose levels.