Today’s Song: Life’s Been Good
Artist: Joe Walsh
Album: But Seriously Folks
Today’s Quote: “When you think about it, it’s not the diabetes that kills you, it’s the diabetes causing cardiovascular disease that kills you.” — Dr. David Nathan, director of the Diabetes Center at Massachusetts General Hospital.
In this morning’s New York Times email there was a good article about diabetes. I found it quite surprising that many people with diabetes and their doctors believe that diabetes can be “cured” by controlling blood sugar or losing weight. Huh? Diabetes is presently incurable. Once you have it, at best it can be controlled. If it gets out of control, then it’s not the disease itself that kills you but something else that was brought on by the disease. The article emphasized that you need to lower your cholesterol and blood pressure too.
My doctor is well aware that I have a hereditary inclination to develop diabetes and he has been actively encouraging me to watch my diet and get plenty of exercise to get my numbers in line. I guess he’s taking a more holistic approach. Let’s face it, you can’t treat these things in isolation. Overall good health with a healthy lifestyle can go a long way in controlling the risk factors and minimizing the effects.
The article gave the impression that some people believe controlling diabetes is too much effort. WTF? Too much effort? Not when you consider that the alternatives are years of suffering, blindness, kidney failure, dialysis every other day for the rest of your life, amputation, strokes, heart attacks, and death. And then there’s the expense and grief that goes with it all.
Given my family history, I’m fairly confident that I will eventually be diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes but I’d much rather go through all the rigors of diet, exercise, testing, monitoring, and anything else I have to do, than face those alternatives. I don’t want my family to endure my going through that Hell.