Saturday, October 17, 2009

Do things in moderation.

Received this email from a friend. It is worth your time reading through if you are as young as me:

A forwarded e-mail for your reading.

"I would like to share with you an actual but very sad occurrence which I
hope may get you guys to ponder over what constitutes anxieties,
extremities and unnecessary over reactions. A long story... but worth
reading for lessons learned.... you may want to pass on to others.

A friend's father who is a retiree in his mid-60s, is perfectly
healthy looking and behaving normal, plays his round of golf each Sunday,
does a fair bit of gardening, keeps himself busy the rest of his time
helping his son's (my friend's) little retail business, and goes on
tour/trips every now and then ......

He was persuaded by his daughters and other well-wishers to go for his
medical checkup which he had last done before retirement some 10 years ago.
He didn't see the need to do it as he was feeling perfectly ok and healthy.
Of course he didn't want to spend the money. After persistent persuasion
from his family he finally gave in (his daughters agreed to foot the bill).

First his blood test revealed a total cholesterol count well above the 5.2
threshold (in fact close to 6). The doctor advised that he went for his
stressed ECG test.

Again he had to be persistently persuaded to go thru that test, which he
did. And it revealed some abnormality with his heart.

Now the doctor advised that he went thru angiogram. He resisted again and
again after much pestering he subscribed to that invasive test.....which
revealed three (3) blockages in his heart. And the doctor advised he went
thru angioplasty.

This time he was adamant not to go any further. But it was like the end of
the world for his family members who were all highly educated people with
learned common sense. They went thru the highest mountains and deepest
oceans to convince the old man to go thru angioplasty.

The surgery was successful. And he was given a clean bill of health. His
heart is revitalized and cleared of all blockages. After returning home
from the hospital, his family (especially his daughters) put him on a
"healthy" diet. Strictly no meat....only vegetables and fruits, with perhaps
an occasional dish of steamed fish.... no oil.

The result.... the poor old man became weaker, couldn't drive his golf ball
the distance he used to, got tired easily when he did his gardening, lost a
lot of weight (which everyone was happy because they see him getting
healthier that way), went to bed unusually early ('cause he got tired
sitting up late watching the sports channels).... in a nutshell he actually
got weaker and probably suffering from mal-nutrition!

Hardly 2 months after the angioplasty he passed away, supposedly from heart
complications.. All of a sudden, a few family doctor friends were able to
offer explanations. One of them had this to say...

Heart blockages do not happen overnight. They are built up over time. And
the body has somehow gotten used to the blockages. As long as the effects
of the blockages are not life-threatening, it may be best to leave them
alone. Maybe it is better not to know about this. For most men at that
advanced age, blockage is common and some may be even worse. Not knowing it
has one clear advantage. There won't be any STRESS imposed on the person.

And STRESS is the killer.

Some may not respond well with angioplasty. With the heart cleared of its
blockages, the blood flow will be unrestricted. But sometimes the body
(even the heart may not be used to this new revitalized condition) may not
know how to cope with it quick enough. Coupled with a "healthy" diet of
just fruits and vegetables which are not the usual and normal intake of
this person, may and can do further damage.

So it's a combination of all these that could have killed this poor old man
who was, just 2 months before, a healthy bubbly man living a perfectly normal
STRESS-FREE retired life.

Today my friend and his siblings all regretted what they had done to their father.

Moral of the story is not to be extreme and take everything in life in its
stride and with moderation.

One more thing.... my family doctor, age late 40s, hardly takes meat, a
good sportsman, has a total cholesterol count of 6.

Some times it's in the genes. Like my 90 year-old mother-in-law who lives
by herself, does her own marketing, cooks her own food, never eats any meat
that is not fat all her life, hates lean meat but cholesterol very high
......and she is still kicking and so mentally alert. One thing....she's got

She only gives STRESS to all others around her. That's probably why she's
living alone by herself.

So my friends... Don't get paranoid and stressed up for nothing!!! "


PM said...

No fun and play makes jack a dull boy. Go screwing, will reduce tension and stress...thats why you find old men often frequent massage parlour. Are we not born to screw until we die....ha ha ha

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