So, the rumors swirling around Chris Lett can come to an end now. The Pensacola News Journal has revealed that Lett suffers from juvenile diabetes.
So what is juvenile diabetes? For the best answer I could find, we turn to USA Today:
Juvenile diabetes mellitus is now more commonly called Type 1 diabetes. It is a syndrome with disordered metabolism and inappropriately high blood glucose levels due to a deficiency of insulin secretion in the pancreas.
After a meal, a portion of the food a person eats is broken down into sugar (glucose). The sugar then passes into the bloodstream and into the body’s cells via a hormone called insulin. Insulin is produced by the pancreas.
Normally, the pancreas produces the right amount of insulin to accommodate the quantity of sugar. However, if the person has diabetes either the pancreas produces little or no insulin, or the cells do not respond normally to the insulin. Sugar builds up in the blood, overflows into the urine and passes from the body unused.
Diabetes can be associated with major complications involving many organs including the heart, eyes, kidneys, and nerves, especially if the blood sugar is poorly controlled over the years.
So, should we be concerned about Lett’s health? Well, to a certain degree, yes we should. But, Lett is fully aware of the situation and seems to be taking all of the proper medical steps to control his diabetes. I encourage many in the Bama nation to encourage Lett if you can. And, if you are willing, please say a prayer or two for the guy. It’s not about football, it is about a person’s health.
Diabetes is a serious condition in this country. It is the 7th leading cause of death among Americans; over 15 million Americans suffer from one form or another of this disease. My grandfather suffered from it during the later years of his life, so it can honestly come at any time if you aren’t careful. Please eat healthy, exercise, and get a standard check-up when possible.