You think Star Wars is all about the light side versus the dark side, good versus evil, green lightsabers versus red lightsabers, but maybe you’ve been missing the true story all along. George Lucas, the creator and mastermind of the Star Wars universe, was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes as a young man during a medical checkup after being drafted by the Army. Now that we know about his personal interest in diabetes, it makes sense that the disease must be the secret reason for all kinds of things that happen in that galaxy far, far away.
• The real reason why villains Darth Vader and Kylo Ren are so mad: wildly uncontrolled blood sugar. This is no trap!
• You almost never see people eat in Star Wars movies. Don’t aliens get hungry? Or are they really just cutting back on their carbs?
• The Force isn’t so mysterious—it’s the same kind of will power we use to properly manage diabetes and defeat the dark little pancreases in all of us.
• Darth Vader’s signature heavy breathing? Diabetes raises the risk of pulmonary fibrosis, a disease that interferes with your ability to breathe.
• A lightsaber is just an insulin pen on steroids.
• The energy bars Luke Skywalker has when he meets Yoda look suspiciously like Glucerna bars.
• The anti-smoking message in Episode I? Smoking is especially bad for people with diabetes.
• Jabba the Hutt must have ignored his diabetes so long that he lost his feet to neuropathy.
Fear is the path to the dark side, but lack of insulin might be too. Maybe R2-D2 or BB-8 can transform into an insulin pump, calm down Kylo Ren, and finally restore order to the universe in Episode VIII.
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