Since my early years in medical school in 1978 until now, I have observed,
spoken with, read about and treated thousands of people with a wide variety of
conditions. Some of these folks had medical diagnoses that were easy to treat,
such as hypothyroidism, however, others were very serious and often fatal, such
It all seemed so random to me, because I would see hardened criminals who
were convicted murderers and rapists escorted to my hospital for routine medical
with absolutely no medical problems and, on the other hand, I have cared
for sweet innocent kids who came down with leukemia that, most of the time,
took their short lives. After trying to make sense of it all for
years, I’ve come to a realization in my own mind. Getting hit with a disease
happens by chance—kind
of like a raindrop falling on your head.
In this mindset, being afflicted with a medical condition is like walking in
the rain and each raindrop has a certain disease that you can get if it lands on
you. The majority of the raindrops have not-soserious conditions, however, some
of them have illnesses such as diabetes, high blood pressure, abnormal
cholesterol levels. Some raindrops carry no problems inside at all, while others
hold malignant conditions. The longer you live the higher the chance you can be
tagged by a raindrop containing a serious illness. One would not be exempt from
getting multiple problems even if you already have diabetes, which never seems
fair to me. Your chances are the same of being affected by any particular
raindrop no matter where you live, how much money is in your bank account, what
religion you practice or if you are a good or bad person.
Some conditions can be prevented or the seriousness mitigated by our
behavior, like a protective umbrella in a rainstorm. For those of us living with
diabetes already, our umbrellas can shield us from other conditions. Our
umbrellas consist of achieving and maintaining good blood glucose levels, as
well as blood pressure and cholesterol control. A healthy life with regular
exercise and good eating habits, is something many of us would not practice if
we did not get hit by the diabetes raindrop.
We cannot change the raindrops that have fallen on us, however we can get
under the protective umbrella of education, motivation and selfadvocacy. Being
knowledgeable about your condition is essential for living a long and healthy
life, both physically and mentally. Taking Control Of Your Diabetes strives to
provide the umbrella of information and inspiration you need to deal with the
raindrop that has fallen on your head.
Dr. Edelman is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Endocrinology & Metabolism and serves currently as Professor of Medicine in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism at the University of California at San Diego and the Veterans Affairs Healthcare System of San Diego. He is the Director of the Diabetes Care Clinic VA Medical Center and the Editor of the journals Insulin and Diabetes, Obesity and the Metabolic Syndrome.
Dr Edelman is founder and director of Taking Control of Your Diabetes (501c3). His research and publication history is extensive with over 200 articles and 5 books.
Dr. Edelman graduated as the Valedictorian from the University of California at Davis Medical School, completed an Internal Medicine Residency at UCLA and completed a Clinical Fellowships in Diabetes and Metabolism at the Joslin and Lahey Clinics in Boston as well as a research fellowship at the University of California at San Diego.
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