By Steve Sharpton, Parsons Training Center, Tucson, Arizona
July 21, 2016
There is a reason why I kind of despise modern film making…..it is just flat out boring. Let me predicate that a little better…modern studio made films are quite boring. There seems to be little majesty left in the old medium, as the explosions and the loud sound effects have given us a nauseating sense of immersion. I guess you can say it is my age, for I am now reaching the point where my body is starting to break down and my tastes are becoming more sophisticated. My mind needs to be challenged a little more often, and these supposed bastions of entertainment are meant to put my mind at ease. But then again, over time, one should start asking for more quality in the product that is costing so much to witness. For crying out loud, a little over ten years ago you could see a matinee movie for five bucks! Anyway, the great thing about my hometown is we do have a superb movie theater known as The Loft, which not only allows me to catch some of the more sophisticated type of films that make me think but also gives me a proper medium to see some of the worst movies ever made. This past month has been a welcome surprise, for they are holding a tribute to Nicolas Cage by showing four of his movies from his vast catalogue. Of course. the first thing we all wondered is why was “Leaving Las Vegas” and the “Wicker Man” not thrown into the mix? I love such schlocky amazing train wrecks that couldn’t take themselves seriously like “Con-Air” and “Face/Off” (cue the punctuation patrol on these two movies), but c’mon guys!
“Leaving Las Vegas” was actually a pretty good movie and worthy of a major screening. He won an Oscar for it! As for “The Wicker Man,” just punch in “Nicholas Cage and bees” on Youtube and you will get the craziest piece of acting in your entire lifetime. Heck, that entire movie is ridiculous. It probably had the craziest bike jacking scene in film history. Frankly, you can spend an entire year just looking at the worst of the worst in regards to his filmography, like “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin,” “Bangkok Dangerous,” the aptly title “Rage,” “Drive Angry” “National Treasure,” “Ghost Rider,” and “Left Behind.” Either way, this is a lesson to you all when it comes to your money management. His career pretty much went south in 2004….right about the time he started running into legal and debt problems from his absurd spending (like forking over hundreds of thousands of dollars for a dinosaur skull that was stolen…and getting no compensation for it) So yeah, the last twelve years of insanity is in direct correlation to that, and it ain’t getting better since he has movies like “Southern Fury” and “Vengeance: A Love Story” slated for future straight-to-Netflix fodder. I’m not gonna lie, he had a lot of films I really enjoyed like “Red Rock West,” “It Could Happen to You” (yes, I love sappy love stories), “Raising Arizona,” “Honeymoon in Vegas,” “The Rock,” “Adaptation” and “Matchstick Men.” But alas, he has wrecked his once decent career so much that you have to choose punchline worthy derelicts to showcase his filmography (of course, The Loft lent much more grace for August’s featured actor Catherine Deneuve).
Now, I really liked “Face/Off” and “Con-Air” when they first came out. My lust for film was still fresh and I really knew nothing. So you can imagine the laughfest I had when I re-witnessed “Face/Off” last week and realized just how insane and ridiculous that movie was. I assume the same will go through my mind tonight as I see “Con-Air.” I guess the tenants of youth can give you a misguided outlook on life, and misshape your thinking into mere nostalgia. I don’t consider these movies great, but they are sure hilarious to reminisce about. Ah yes, being young lends to a lot of reconsideration, for we can write off the problems in some ways better than none. Granted, we have regrets as well. Like I should have been more interested in baseball for some reason, for I think I could have been decent in it if I had not been bored to death of it. Or maybe actually strengthen my ankles like I should have, and I wouldn’t have the issues with my right foot as I do now. And then of course, the recent problem I had of letting myself go and creating a celestial sized body which I am still suffering the consequences of even if you don’t consider 11 years ago recent. These are the kinds issues we forget to address or even think about.
Who hasn’t had a few regrets about the wanton mishaps of youth? I know I do, and I know a lot of other people will as well. I’m sure in ten years time a lot of people will be shaking their heads considering how much they got into Pokemon Go! Fortunately for me, I was never cool enough to fall into the pitfalls of pop culture when I was younger. I can thankfully say I never owned a pair of acid wash jeans or a hyper color t-shirt (the shirt that changed color when you sweat!). Since we are so consumed by trends when we are young, it is pretty easy to see why we forget our health. Now, I have harped a lot about diabetes on this blog, and there is a pretty good reason why. It runs like wildfire within my own family, and to say I wasn’t thinking about it as I got older was pretty outlandish. The only difference is I changed my mind at the age of 34 rather than wait until my 50s to make some positive changes. But here is the new problem that is slowly but surely cropping up….diabetes is becoming more and more common in younger people. I wasn’t even pre-diabetic at the age of 34, and according to a study that took place between 2005 and 2014, being pre-diabetic might start hitting people at an even younger age. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/311755.php
In a recent article in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), researchers came up with some startling estimates that might force parents, doctors and teenagers themselves to think more openly about their health. Amongst the 2,606 participants in the study, 512 were labeled as pre-diabetic. Another 62 participants were diagnosed with diabetes and another 20 were not diagnosed. The point of the study was to see the prevalence of diabetes amongst young people between the ages of 12 and 19. This did not include Type 1 diabetes. Now I will admit, we are talking small numbers here. According to the American Diabetes Association, the total number of people under 20 with diabetes in the United States is about 208,000, with the majority of it being Type 1. According to the original numbers, the weighted diagnosis rate in this group of people is somewhere in the 0.25 to 0.34 range. According to the new study that was published just a few days ago, this weighted diagnosis rate may be in the 0.8 neighborhood. Now this accounts all teens in this particular group, and this jump may lead to some new questions about how to battle this issue.
First and foremost, the exact percentages would always have to be looked at in regards to the study, for piecing together a solid foundation is important. This also leads to another issue within the study….people are going to have to start getting “real” about their health. If anything, this is kind of an eye opener in spite the smallness of the study (I say smallness due to the fact there are millions of teens out there, and this is not a full representation due to the varying level of standards of living and age). Now you might wonder…how is this becoming possible? Well, let’s look at the bare facts of the matter. Nearly 20% of the teens in this country are overweight or obese. Fortunately, this number stagnated for the first time in a long time last year, but we will have to wait to see if this number continues to stay at a stalemate or actually drop. I have written many times over the years about childhood obesity, how it affects mental growth and presents health problems to younger and younger people. Heck, even the armed forces are worried they will not have enough healthy recruits to choose from! Now, being overweight isn’t always the No. 1 reason why someone will get diabetes…though it plays a large role in the equation. First of all, diet still plays a large role in the problem, and if someone is utilizing a poor diet full of sugars and heavy fats, blood sugar will not be the only issue one can run into. Let me just put it in this manner. My aunt, the one who nearly died from diabetes, was fairly thin. So always be on the lookout even if someone is just a little overweight or not overweight at all.
Now, other than the blood tests and the glucose tests, there are some standard and more noticeable symptoms of diabetes that most people don’t think about. One of the trickiest problems in regards to diabetes is the density of the disease in the some of the hotter areas in the country (including Pima County, the county I live in and the south states). If you are in a state of prediabetes, there is a good chance that you might be feeling really thirsty, a lot. Other symptoms include blurred vision, sluggishness and fatigue. Here is where a lot of people in warmer climates might have a perception problem. When you live in a hot climate, you experience these problems every day. I have actually witness a couple people fully discover they had diabetes. In both instances, they were both soda drinkers and right before they hit the wall, they started drinking more fluids than you could imagine (especially soda). Since both instances were in the summer time, they just chalked it up to the heat…until they lost their eyesight and had to have the paramedics called. Now, one guy was in his mid fifties and the other was barely 30, but this was well before the time of high sugar energy drinks and heavily sugared candy. I got tell you, it was pretty scary hearing someone claim that can’t see anything. Heck, there are some days where I feel this issue myself, where it is just so hot that I really don’t want to do anything and just lounge around. If anything, I feel this is a big reason why few people—especially young people—really pay attention to their blood sugar merely to the effect of the early signs being attributed to other things. This is why it is so important to really stress a good diet at a young age, for these habits will give them a much better chance of eating a more balanced diet when most children get not their teens and are allowed to make food other than cereal and sandwiches.
There really is no easy to stop this potential diabetes problem, for the sedentary lifestyle of the younger generations tend to make things problematic when fighting the issue. It is so easy to become a home body snacking say on chips, which is strangely one reason why everyone is praising this Pokemon Go game (but of course, I always say you don’t need a video game to get your butt outside and get some exercise). Right now, doctors will most likely play on the side of caution, which means there might be a lotto parents hearing things they might not want to hear when they bring their overweight children in for exams and such. But it might be high time to stop sugar coating the problem and address it before it gets bigger. One thing our country seems to be poor at is attacking downward reaching health trends. It might be time to start thinking about some of these things.
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