Today is my mom's birthday. If she were alive she would be 78 but she died when she was 65. Wow, I can't believe it's been 13 years since she died and 16 years since my dad died! My mom died of complications of hepatitis and my dad had a heart attack. My dad and sister both had diabetes and my sister had a pre-cancerous polyp in her intestine removed this year. I suffer from diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. I am beginning to have some peripheral neuropathy in my hands--numbness, tingling and muscle weakness. I want to eat better so I can avoid these problems or slow them down. I don't want to lose any limbs or my eyesight or get kidney failure or have a stroke. I've got to take control now so I can avoid these complications.