Friday, January 13, 2006

Diabetes..

Been a long time since I've posted.. Busy, and not much reason to, I guess.

Yesterday, I was at TTSH. Visiting someone, who as it turns out, had diabetes. A first that I didn't relish. It's a tough disease to have... and most of all because it's not something that hits you all at once, it's more long and protracted, and it offers the possibility of salvation, but at so much sacrifice.

Coincidentally, or not, I've been reading the New York Times' special series on the diabetes, Type II problem that is hitting New York now. So far, these articles:

Diabetes and Its Awful Toll Quietly Emerge as a Crisis
Living at an Epicenter of Diabetes, Defiance and Despair
In the Treatment of Diabetes, Success Often Does Not Pay
East Meets West, Adding Pounds and Peril

It makes for sobering reading. At an intersection of culture, diet, and modernization, there's a trap awaiting each of us. And Asians, particularly Far Eastern stock, are far more vulnerable to it than the average Caucasian. And once you're in the trap, it's awful hard living to stay alive, controlling your diet, watching your feet, living life in an invisible intangible bubble, like that bubble boy maybe...

2 comments:

Venitha said...

Thanks for the pointer to the diabetes articles - very interesting!

Zim said...

Heh, glad you find it interesting. I guess health is quite a bit on my mind recently..