Just thought I'd share something that may be relevant to some of my fellow old gits in BOON (if you are under 35 and not a fat bastard don't even bother reading this as it's 99% likely not to apply to you). I had a random finger prick blood test last summer by a nurse who told me to go get full bloodwork done at the local clinic. I didn't bother ofc (usual bloke thing - hate doctors, total denial about any illness and would never go there unless my foot is falling off). Got a phone call 2 weeks ago doc tells me I'm a Type 2 diabetic according to last year's test and go to get full blood tests done to ascertain how bad it is and he'd see me in a week. Some of you may know someone who is a Type 1 diabetic but Type 2 is a bit different (http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/7504.php). Anyway, that's it, if you get it you are a bit fucked basically. It can be controlled with exercise, diet and tablets but it progressively gets worse once you have it, your projected lifespan drops and if it goes out of control you are looking at amputations, failing eyesight and high risk of stroke and heart attack. No more getting drunk, no more filling your face and half the things you like to eat are out of bounds. So...ofc I was shocked, upset, scared shitless and really pissed off with myself for being a slob the last 4 years (I've ate like a pig and not exercised and am now technically obese - although I'm a big bloke and 6.2 height so I actually don't look that fat). So shocked in fact that I've lost nearly 10 kilos in 2 weeks thro exercise and diet....bit too late tho or so I thought. I've spent 2 weeks worrying (there was a delay at the lab) but finally got full results today - fasting blood sugar 3.8 and A1C 4.9....which is totally normal. Doc said last years result using a small meter was only accurate to within 15% and also it turned out I had a gum infection at that time for which I had a root canal done a week later (infections can raise blood sugar levels apparently). So he did diagnosis of not diabetic but lose some weight you lazy fat bastard or it could happen. Fkin relief I can tell you. Well...why am I writing this essay. Basically as a warning for some of you guys over 35 and out of shape - Diabetes T2 is now reaching epidemic levels http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1078962/Warning-diabetes-epidemic-cases-hit-2-5m.html due to the high-carb eating habits people have these days (bread, potatoes, rice, noodles etc). BUT if you catch it early (it's called pre-diabetic or IGT) you CAN reverse it or at least ensure you don't get it full blown till you are in your 80s and too old to care and all you have to do is exercise a bit and cut down on carbohydrates. So, get tested, it's a serious business and if you are at risk (quite a lot of people are pre-disposed to it) identifying it early and preventing it is a whole lot better than what will happen if you don't. It takes 10 mins and all you gotta do is fast overnight and see a nurse in the morning who will take a small sample of blood from the side of a finger.