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Am I Going To Die Fifteen Years Too Soon?

Thursday, July 6, 2006

I was doing some research for this site and found an interesting article about a recent study that concluded that individuals with Type II diabetes are more likely to die fifteen years earlier than people without this disease. [Click here for article]  However, the article does not say anything about those who try to take care of themselves and their life expectancy.  If I take care of myself and stay "healthy" - will it matter, or should I write 15 years off my life regardless.  Now that is a scary thought.  Also note, the study did not look at people with Type I diabetes.

A quick observation about myself:  I was extremely tired and fatigued during the weeks (even months) before I was diagnosed with diabetes and my head always seemed in a cloud.  I do not know if it is the medication itself, the fact that my blood sugar levels are lower, the fact that I have lost some weight, or a combination of all of the above, but my head is clearer than it has been in a long time and I seem to have a bit more energy than I have had in recent weeks.  I even began exercising this week - I walked up and down a few flights of stairs yesterday and did some work with very light weights today after the kids went to sleep.

FYI: My glucose machine did not come today.  What a relief, I can wait one more day before sticking myself with a sharp object.

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