To me, this is more important:
"...Nine out of 10 cases of diabetes could be prevented by following modestly healthier lifestyles, according to a recent study published in the journal the Archives of Internal Medicine. “We know how to prevent nearly all cases of type 2 diabetes..."
@retiredtraveler Yes, exactly. We've known for a long time. It's the doing part America is failing at. 😞
One extended family member died last year from untreated diabetes. Another has accute kidney failure and may linger on for 2 years. A third as been morbidly obese for decades and has what she thinks of as under control diabetes, but her only real activity is baking sweets. She reports that she cannot walk farther than 50 yards. Sigh. None of these family members were or are old enough to draw Social Security. The two living ones have been forced out of their jobs by poor health.
Reportedly the doctor said to the grossly overweight one with more medical issues than I can name: "But you just feel like any 60 year old." And to the fellow whose diabetes went undiagnosed until it became kidney failure, the doctor said: "Ahhh, you're doing better than 98% of my patients." I consider this criminal negligence, frankly.
But this certainly isn't just happening to people on my Christmas card list. There are stories like this everywhere I look. You probably see and hear the same thing from persons suffering the affects of poor lifestyle choices: 'I don't want to make adjustments. I want to live as I wish and enjoy life.' OK then, as long as you understand that the means you're unlikely to see 70.
I know, preaching to the choir here. But thanks for listening. 🙂
"The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life - mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical." Julius Erving