Dick Clark Dies at 82. Type2 diabetes sufferer

By Somoca Latest Reply 2012-12-24 15:29:13 -0600
Started 2012-04-18 16:08:51 -0500

Dick Clark died from a heart attack. He reiterated so many times that type2 diabetes contributes to heart disease. 2/3 of the people with diabetes pass away due to heart disease. It makes a person take our illness even more seriously if we don't already.

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KarynCandy29 2012-04-22 21:25:24 -0500 Report

great man, he sure will be missed,always in my heart…RIP Dick Clark..Thanks for all the fun and kindness…you will be missed!!!

Young1s 2012-04-21 09:01:58 -0500 Report

He was a great man for many reasons. And I got the sense that he was as genuinely kind and lovable as he appeared.

diabetesfree 2012-04-21 07:51:34 -0500 Report

The phrase "American Icon" may be a bit over used these days, but Dick Clark certainly fits that title. While his diabetes may have been a contributing factor to his declining health in recent years, his biggest problem was obviously the massive stroke he suffered several years ago, which left him partially paralyzed and unable to speak as well as he once had. It is difficult to recover from a massive stroke such as he suffered, let alone to get back to the point of being able to work again. He definitely was an inspirational person in his determination to overcome his problems and ended up living longer and accomplishing more than most people could have possibly done after such a devastating disease.

pixsidust 2012-04-19 14:08:36 -0500 Report

Gives me hope for a long life!
Dick Clark was as American as Apple Pie!
He was part of us all and in every American living room
Who didn't watch band stand?
I learned to dance watching it as a kid
I hope they remember him with each dropping of the
New year's ball in times square every year
He will forever be in my Hall of fame

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-04-18 20:32:44 -0500 Report

Well, we all gotta go and he was here for a good while:) I haven't been able to watch him since his stroke. It is always sad to see someone leave and he'll be remembered and talked about for a long time. I remember being a little girl and watching American bandstand.

GabbyPA 2012-04-18 19:36:36 -0500 Report

Dick Clark was an amazing man who held to his youth in so many ways. I struggled to watch him do the last few New Years MC gigs, his stroke really took a toll on him, but he was a trooper.

I didn't know he was a diabetic either. I had never heard it spoken about.

Somoca 2012-04-18 21:16:06 -0500 Report

I didn't know either. He was uncover about it until that interview and I was shocked. Then he never said a word about it again.

GabbyPA 2012-04-19 09:33:03 -0500 Report

Some people are just very private about it. Public people don't have to share everything they are dealing with. I can understand him keeping it low key if it was not what is advocacy calling was.

jayabee52 2012-04-18 18:26:46 -0500 Report

I didn't know Dick was T2. That shows that one can have and live a good long life with T2 Diabetes. RIP Dick clark!

jim healthy
jim healthy 2012-04-24 18:03:59 -0500 Report

FYI … Dick Clark suffrered a serious stroke in 2004 which significantly impaired his speech aferward. According to Fox News, he had a history of artery disease (very common for Type 2's due to the inflammation load in their cardiovascular system). He died after surgery for a kidney disorder (another common complication) at a California hospital. I loved the man, as did millions of us who grew up watching American Bandstand. But this isn't exactly what I'd call "a good long life."

Young1s 2012-04-24 18:50:57 -0500 Report

I'd beg to differ, considering he only started having major complications only 8 years ago. No we didn't hear about any other (possible minor) complications, but given how he carried himself in the public eye, I'd say he was a real trooper to the very end. He could have let that stroke slow him down and opted to be less involved but he didn't. An inspiration for all who would use their condition or circumstance as an excuse to give up. He was loved by millions. That doesn't happen by NOT living a good long life.

Oops: Didn't know this posted anonymous.

jim healthy
jim healthy 2012-04-24 18:57:22 -0500 Report

He certainly was an inspiration. He carried himself with dignity and courage — and gave of himself generously to many cause, especially to our youth. We don't know of his personal health battles, but he never let them stop his many contributions. He is a "diabetes hero" is there ever was one. And I only hope I can live that long and perform a fraction of the good work he did.

Somoca 2012-04-18 19:23:38 -0500 Report

I didn't either. CNN ran an interview that he gave in 2004 and he was very passionate about T2's taking their diabetes seriously and the connection to heart disease. I was shocked. Remember when he had that stroke?

jigsaw 2012-04-18 18:08:07 -0500 Report

I remember him from my teen years on American Bandstand ! It seemed for the longest time that he simply stayed young, and refused to show ageing. He was a very kind sole.

pkwillhoite 2012-04-18 16:12:14 -0500 Report

RIP Mr. DIck Ckark… its a sad day in music…

Somoca 2012-04-18 16:09:58 -0500 Report

When I saw this on CNN, my first thought was at least i am out exercising, trying to make a difference with my numbers. Rest In Peace Mr. Clark.

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