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Every male relative on my Dad's side of the family gets diagnosed as diabetic by age 50, have heart attacks, strokes, and amputations by age 60, and then they die. How can I keep from [this fate]?

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• EVERY MALE relative on my Dads side of the family gets diagnosed as diabetic by age 50, have heart attacks, strokes, and amputations by age 60, and then they die (Like my Dad Dec 14th, 2008). If he had lived just until Jan 10th, 2009, he would have been the oldest living male relative. Now I am 45 Years old, already had 3 Heart Stents, 34 YO Ex Smoker, Spinal L4/ L5 Facetectomy/ Laminectom, Both Rotator Cuffs Reattached (TWICE EACH), Elevated Cholesterol & BP, and I now have a diagnosis of Neuropathy (but NOT Diabetic!!!) in my feet & legs (Lower Extremities). My feet like have a 'Sock Area' where they both get and stay cold, numb, tingly, all night, every night! My Cardiologist just says keep taking Plavix 75 mg, Aspirin 325 mg, Crestor 10 mg, Niastatin 1500 mg, and metoprolol 12.5 mg for BP. He said he took a patient off of their plavix and they had a heart attack in 24 hours later! So I'm staying on Plavix forever! But with my decreased feeling & Circulation in my feet and legs, How do I keep from Being a diabetic amputee with Quadruple Bypass, strokes, then death?
Arnold, Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier, Binghamton, New York, USA, February 15, 2011

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