Monday, March 24, 2014
I am a heart doctor. Yet, 70 % of the patients who line up my outpatient clinic on a daily basis are diabetics. Oftentimes I see more diabetic patients than the endocrine/diabetic specialist next door to me. And why is this so? Diabetes at the cellular level impacts on the micro and macro vascular capillary and arterial bed of all systems of the body which mean all organs, including the heart and the brain .
Since it impacts on all the organ systems in an incremental way over time the potential mortality and morbidity caused by diabetes is very significant. In fact it is very impressively significant, unfortunately. If we go by statistic, you guys would not like what I am going to tell you:
If you are , say diagnosed at age 40, your expected lifespan, on the basis of current actuarial statistics in the UK and America, can be shorten by 10 years!
If you are 50 when you are first diagnosed and treated, the average statistical truncation of your lifespan is 8 years.
If 60 at age of diagnosis, it is 4 years.
If you are an average Malaysian male, where the average life expectancy is currently at just over 72 plus minus, the truncation of life span is very significant. Say take that your diagnosis is at age 40. By 62, most of you would be history. This is not palatable at all.
But all of us can do something to change the scenario.
The best is of course prevention.
It is free.
It is about obesity, obesity, obesity and obesity.
Next come sedentary lifestyle.
If you ask me about a simple formulla I would say,
Stick to your college days weight [ height in centimetres minus 100, and that is your ideal weight in Kg ]
If obviously, like myself, you have surpassed that 'figure'a long time ago, this is still not too late to start going to the gym.
Or take that proverbial ' two kilometre' walks daily to the surau for your isyak prayer.
It is exercise, exercise and exercise.....
See you guys at the gym [ or the surau ! ]
Diabetes made simple : an intro
Diabetes and its complications
Related articles in the blog:
1. Modified Cambridge Diet
2. You Don't Have To Be A Marathoner
3. Mixing The Profane and The Sublime
4. Longevity : A Muslim Perspective
5. 'That Two Kilometre Walk To The Nearest Surau'