My 63 year old brother has been a heavy smoker since the age of 15. He has had diabetes for the past 10 years and has done nothing for it, didn't take meds or watch his diet.
So, within the past two years se has had both his legs amputated and is now in the hospital for the past 6 weeks, having had to have open heart surgery. he is in terrible shape, and just is slowly dying.
Please, for those of you who smoke, stop. And I know that sometimes we all "cheat" a little and eat things we shouldn't. But get back on track as quick as you can. My brother looks horrible; he lost all her teeth, he is almost bald, no legs, heart surgery. His wife died 2 years ago.
I just think of my brother whenever I am depressed about the diabetes. (I have type 2). I take really good care of myself most of the time. I am 66, and I don't want to go through what he is going through.