Does St.Nick Have Type 2 Diabetes? He Fits the Profile

Dr. Bill Quick Health Pro
  • The famous Christmas poem, "A Visit From Saint Nicholas," describes the gentleman we now call "Santa Claus" in great detail:


    "a little old driver, so lively and quick,
    I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick...
    His eyes -- how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
    His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
    His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
    And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;
    The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
    And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath;
    He had a broad face and a little round belly,
    That shook, when he laughed like a bowlful of jelly.

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    He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf..."


    [A discussion of the author, Clement Clarke Moore, and a link to the complete poem may be found at The New York Institute for Special Education.]


    For years, I've wondered whether St. Nick might have type 2 diabetes: he's elderly (the right age group for diabetes), obese and a smoker (two more risk factors for diabetes). But whether he has type 2, or is at high risk, I guess I'd be a Grinch if I advised parents to tell their kids to not leave milk and cookies for Santa Claus. (Maybe, however, he needs a bailout this year?)

    Oh well. Let me end this nonsense by simply repeating C.C.Moore's closing line from the poem:


    "Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night."

Published On: December 24, 2008