There was a knock on my front door, and it was my neighbor from down the hall. We were just acquaintances...saying hi to each other in the parking lot and so forth. He said to me, "You don't smoke, do you...my doctor told me, that if I didn't quit smoking...they are going to cut my leg off."
Boy, what drastic news this man had, so I asked him to come in. This man was about my age at the time (55), but he looked much older. I told the man how I quit smoking long ago, and it took me about a year to do it. He left my apartment, and that was the end of our visit.
"Get me well so I can get on televsion and tell people to stop smoking." Nat King Cole (after smoking 3 packs a day, Nat King Cole died from lung cancer at the young age of 43)
About a month later, I saw the man in the parking lot, and he was on crutches...minus one leg! This man must have been a diabetic, too, but we didn't talk about diabetes during his visit. Anyway, I didn't know anything about diabetes at the time, until I was diagnosed with diabetes in 2008. (more on this later)
About a month after I saw the man on crutches, I was coming home from work, and I noticed an ambulance parked at the front door of the apartments. When I went inside, I saw the ambulance people carrying somebody on a gurney...it was the man whose leg was cut off...and I couldn't tell if he was asleep; unconscous or dead. If the man was a diabetic...he was probably dead. The following week, I noticed his son cleaning out his apartment, so he was probably dead.
"Impotence is one of the major hazards of smoking." Loni Anderson
As I said in another article, one of my aunts died from diabetes, but before she died, one of her legs was amputated and she got blind. She was only about 50 years old at the time. The same thing happened to a neighbor living next door to my parents. He was only about 50 years old, when he died from diabetes, but before he died, he too, had his leg amputated and he went blind.
As I said earlier, I was diagnosed with diabetes in 2008, but I wasn't surprised, because I get about one or two blood tests per year, and I knew that the glucose (blood sugar) was elevated...and it finally went over the line. During this time, I was having sleep problems for about three years, and I saw a news piece on the television show 60 Minutes, about sleep deprivation and diabetes (Type 2) I listened and watched intently, and as soon as the program was over, I went out on the Internet to do some research on speep deprivation and diabetes. What I found was amazing! So, much so that I wrote an article about the subject intitled,
Sleep Deprivation and Diabetes;
"When you are over-weight or obese, you have a higher risk for diabetes." Barbara Ascher
Sinister! That's a word I've heard most often to describe diabetes, as it sneaks around and destroys your eye cells; your nerve endings on the bottom of your foot, and your kidneys! A terrible disease, and now I have it, too! After I was diagnose with diabetes, I had to start all that finger-pricking and diet, too. In 2008, my A1c was 6.8, and by October, 2010, it had dropped to 5.9! I was elated at the news, and the following blood test in February 2011, showed the A1C to remain the same at 5.9! Again, I was elated at the results!
"Diabetes is an all-too personal time-bomb which can go off today; tomorrow; or ten years from now...a time-bomb affecting millions like me and the children here today." Mary Tyler Moore
People can't know if they have diabetes or anything else, unless they get a blood test on a regular basis. I believe in early detection, and I don't want to have to say, 'I shoulda; coulda; woulda...and I don't want my doctor to say, 'Too little...too late...
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