How much is genetics? Who knows? My sister had heart trouble in her late 50s, needed a bypass. Since then, she has had several stents placed. She's now in her early 70s. They are watching her kidneys now. She's had pre-diabetes for years. She has had more things wrong than I have, and I'm 7 years older than she.
The last 3 years, since steroids, have not been kind to ME, but a heart scan showed things pretty open. I wonder if it's because my first husband had heart problems from the time he was 20, and I learned to cook from the American Heart Association cookbook. I was relentless. There was no "bad" fat in my cooking. She, on the other hand, married to a Mexican fellow, cooked and ate the diet known to cause obesity and diabetes. Who knows? Cause and effect? Could be. Or maybe just the luck of the draw.
I know one thing. Since my daughters came home and are doing the cooking, my diet has suffered. Especially the last three years, since it got so hard for me to stand for the time it takes to prep and cook. They are wonderful cooks, and everything is delicious, but not as healthy as I am used to cooking. Lots of fancy pasta, lots of French food made with butter, lots of Mexican food full of carbs, Asian food full of salt. And they cook late. Often times we don't eat dinner til after 10. Their schedule is different than mine, they take the night shift with Mike. I need to be mindful like I used to be about how best to take care of my own nutrition, rather than take the easy and yummy way out.
One real problem. I am a sugarholic. Badly. Have been one all my life. I don't know how I stayed fairly healthy this long.
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