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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

His diagnosis was a Sports section headline: A delayed diagnosis story

It’s the first day of spring, so we think of baseball. A few short years ago, David Wells helped the Boston Red Sox win their first World Series in 86 years. The lefty pitcher was known for his great curve ball, great girth, and great thirst.

Now with the San Diego Padres, the 43-year old pitcher has been diagnosed in the last two weeks with adult onset diabetes, according to yesterday’s Boston Herald. Last year, his manager had had to cancel a pitching start for him last fall because of gout in his right foot. Gout, which can be temporarily excruciating and disabling, is common among people with diabetes. With more prompt diagnosis and treatment, Wells would have had better blood circulation to his feet, which may have prevented uric acid from building up there, which caused his gout and missed start. And if the Boston Red Sox had kept him...Woulda Coulda Shoulda.

Advice for Red Sox fans: Believe! And watch out for diabetes, now growing at an epidemic pace. Make sure your off-season exercise is more than hoisting beer bottles!

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