I worked with a guy that would jog 1-2 miles each day for his lunch time. Had some green and blue colored smoothie drink every morning, and would eat some of the strangest items throughout the day in the office.
I came into the office and he wasn't there. I was later informed that he had a heart attack and was in bad shape. He survived the attack, and a few weeks later was back at work. His diet changed from the green and blue drinks, rabbit food, and weird stuff. I don't recall him jogging anymore either.
Ya never know when your number will be called, so I live, eat, drink, and do what makes me a happy camper. If it kills me, then I guess I'll go doing what made me happy.
Oh, I've lived life to the fullest for 20+ years of my adult life. I did life in reverse and don't have any regrets.
I'm not drinking blue smoothies nor will I ever. I enjoy my wine, fatty cuts of meat and guilty pleasures much like most folks.
And....anyone with friends or family members with diabetes knows not to be so glib. You let that disease get ahead of you & you start wishing your ticket was going to be punched. Constant, unmanageable infections; loss of organ function; amputation of appendages. My extended family members have lived it. I'd rather die now than be stuck in a chair suffering those excruciating moments.
If you don't have that family history, count yourself lucky. It's an unenviable genetic lottery.
So I choose a few, simple lifestyle changes that are very manageable and not uncomfortable. Turns out I enjoy eating more vegetables and losing weight. Crazy, I know! Less wine doesn't mean no wine. Just made & enjoyed the gluttony that is gumbo. And I might, just maybe, get to suffer the unfortunate side effects of having more years of quality experiences with my daughter. Gasp!
I post these things because I care about being healthier and maybe gaining a little insight from folks I don't know. The audacity!
Reality is I suffered the worst pain and experiences living life with moderation, exercising plenty & enjoying a healthy amount of indulgences. Now I've decided to embrace what my middle aged body is telling me and make a few proactive changes. In return, my BP dropped, I've got more energy and maybe I'll get to live a little longer, or at least a little longer without as much discomfort.
I'll take that learning curve over what I previously experienced any day of the week.