Alobha wrote:As for Ajahn Chah: Diabetes in old age happens.
I respectfully disagree. Diabetes is one of the most prevalent chronic diseases that can be prevented and managed through diet, exercise, and other lifestyle changes.
Diet plays an extremely important role in both the treatment and
prevention of many chronic diseases. Also, diabetes is a great example of a chronic disease which is not all or nothing; rather, it is a matter of degree. What I mean by that is that even with elevated sugar levels that don't qualify one as "diabetic" according to current guidelines, damage is still being done on a systemic level to one's organs, etc. Diet is probably the most important factor (along with vigorous and plentiful exercise) that has both immediate and long term, cumulative effects on the health.
I wish that I could cite the exact talk, but I believe I remember Ajahn Munindo saying in one of his talks that Ajahn Chah did express regret he hadn't taken care of his health better so that when we was at the height of his spiritual maturation he could have been less restricted by his failing health and able to do more for others. Please excuse the very rough paraphrasing.
On the other hand, being overly attached to having good health is probably not skillful, either.
But not being able to control one's diet has personally caused me the most hesitation in pursuing a monastic life.