Monday, August 20, 2007

A Heart Attack Is A Hard Lesson

The New York Times posted an article this morning on the importance of treating various aspects of the metabolic syndrome that accompany diabetes, not just blood glucose:

Looking Past Blood Sugar to Survive With Diabetes

It chronicles the story of Dave Smith, a 43-year-old pastor from Fairmont, Minnesota. He was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes when he was 34. Since the time of his diagnosis, he dieted, watched his carbohydrate intake, lost weight, and took medications to lower his blood glucose. When that proved ineffective, he added insulin to the mix.

Eight years of failing to address conditions that often accompany diabetes (e.g. high blood cholesterol and high blood pressure) proved a hard lesson for Mr. Smith and his healthcare providers. He landed in the hospital with a major heart attack - 90% of a prime artery to his heart was blocked.

You can watch Mr. Smith describe his ordeal by clicking the photo below: