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We tend to think of medical conditions as maladies. Actually, they can turn out to be things which change our lives in positive ways. Let me give two examples.

I developed diabetes almost 40 years ago. Yes it forced me to give up things I loved to eat, but it also forced me to change my lifestyle. On the doctor's directions I lost over 60 pounds within six months, and began exercising. In the last 20 years, I have managed my diet even better and greatly increased my exercise regimen. As a consequence, my overall strength and heart strength is better than it was over 20 years ago, and my weight is the same as it was when I was in top shape and playing football in high school.

Also, due to another condition, it is unlikely that I will develop any major cancer. I have had a rash which had remained undiagnosed for many years, but got worse in the last decade. It turned out to be mucosa fungoudes, a rare form of non-Hodgkins lymphoma. It has caused my body to produce excessive amounts of T-cells and they began attacking my skin. Treatment with light therapy and a cream chemotherapy has it under control now, and I will probably die of something other than cancer.

wordywalt 8 Mar 11

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People who have Cystic Fibrosis are likely immune to cholera. At one time that may have helped them survive, however now it has no useful purpose. There are a few other conditions that are like that, necessary from an evolutionary standpoint, but no longer useful or needed, and indeed harmful. I have a 30 year old nephew with CF. It is good that you have managed your diabetes so well. I have been pre-diabetic for years. When I stopped working 6 months ago I also stopped eating sugar and started exercising. I am no longer pre-diabetic, and 30ish pounds and a full size smaller. Now I am back to work and having trouble fitting exercise in. But I will continue to abstain from sugar and eat well, so the weight will come off, just slower.

Good for you. I urge you to make sure that you find a way to fit the exercise in, as the result will serve you extremely well. No matter what (unless I am ill or have an injury) I go to the gym and work out with heavy weights three days a week. and the weight training has doubled my heart strength.

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