he's only 48 years old. yet, he's had diabetes & hypertension for over 10 years! last year, he had chest pain & an angiogram showed he has 4-vessel heart disease. he subsequently had angioplasty with stenting to the diseased vessels. now, he's on a total of 7 different tablets - 2 each for diabetes, hypertension & blood-thinning & 1 for cholesterol.
but i don't think he's duly worried because since the angioplasty last year, he's put on another 20kg!! after minor surgery today, he was panting & gasping for breath - symptoms pointing to poor cardiorespiratory health.
i dread to think what might happen after MAJOR surgery. but if he's not careful, he might not live long enough for another surgery. i suspect part of his indiscretion is that his employer is footing his medical bills & he probably has the misconception that as long as he faithfully takes his pills, all will be well irrespective of his undisciplined lifestyle. like a panacea.
in the brief period of time that i spoke with him, i explained that his diabetes, hypertension & obesity all add to the risks to his life & outcomes include a heart attack, stroke or even sudden death. how he deals with this information is entirely up to him.
if i meet him again, i'll post an update.