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Dr. Boscarino as well as other doctors (such as Dr. Robert Eliot-former VA Chief of Cardiology-Gainesville) have done extensive studies as to why veterans with PTSD seem to incur heart disease and even death at what appears to be a rate higher than then general population.

Dr. Eliot's book (which I swiped from the local VA and sent in to support a PTSD to CAD claim I had) was based on his autopsies of combat veterans who had an unusually large amount of atherosclerosis already at young ages and he attributed this to the stress of combat which could cause fullbown heart disease.

This is info as to one of Dr. Boscarino's recent studies:


If the doctor you mentioned can fully support the medical link of your PTSD to your heart disease or state that it has contributed substantially to raising your HBP etc enough to cause the heart disease-

this would be a valid medical opinion- but VA could possibly get a cardiologist to go against it-

This doctor does sound very competent-

the problem is getting a psychological disability linked with a physical one-these are two distincty different fields of medicine.

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Have you been tested for DMII. High cholesterol is a sign post for DMII. Artery disease is also very closely related to DMII. Watch your fasting blood glucose levels.

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Have you been tested for DMII. High cholesterol is a sign post for DMII. Artery disease is also very closely related to DMII. Watch your fasting blood glucose levels.

I have been planning on asking for the testing for DSMII for a long time, I stay thirsty, I feel dehydrated all of the time, but my meds may be causing that, and I have to have sweets all over the place to eat ( even in the middle of the night...)

I have been told by a doctor that it's because I quit drinking ( a fith a day or more ) and the body is used to converting the ETOH into sugar when it breaks it down, or I was told, and my body wants it...real bad sometimes...it wants Smirnoff blue lable, but that's a different story.

I do know that I have times that when I don't eat on schedule I can't think straight, not even enought to drive.

I go to the doctor this Friday for a fasting lipid pabel to see where I'm at now. The VA doctor seems to want to get it lower than Lopid has been able to. I may call and see if they will do the test for DMII if possable at the same time.

Berta, thanks for the link..I'll look into it, I would imagine it would be difficult to put the two types of diseases together.

I appreaciate the time, and effort, to list the link!


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LeRoy is a calorie controled diabetic. He was diagonised as diabetic, went on a diet, lost weight and so far he has not had to take medication for it. It's a pretty simple to test for diabetes. A fasting blood test will tell you if you have it and how close you are to developing it.

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