Boston mayor Thomas M. Menino diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, running city from his hospital bed

After being in the hospital for several weeks, the mayor of Boston has been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

Thomas M. Menino's doctor revealed the news this week, saying that Menino will be starting a new phase of recovery in the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. An upper respiratory infection combined with a blood clot put his health in danger a few weeks ago. During his stay at the hospital, he also suffered a spinal fracture and a back infection.

Doctors are saying that his diabetes diagnosis explains why the infection may have started, as diabetes can weaken the immune system.

Menino wants to get back to work

In a news conference, Dr. Charles Morris spoke about the mayor's condition:

"We look forward to him doing the important therapy and then getting back to where he needs to be. He needs now to focus on getting his strength back, on getting back to where he was before all this started."

While Morris says he believes Menino will bounce back from his health complications, the mayor's spokeswoman Dot Joyce said Menino is disappointed he won't be going home just yet.

"He is itching to get back out here, and he will shortly," Joyce said.

Menino may run for sixth term

As for Menino's political future, his doctor doesn't seem to think the health issues will pose a problem. Rumor has it that Menino will be running for a sixth term, and that he has been conducting business as usual from his hospital room.

"I don’t see his medical issues being an obstacle at all," Morris said of Menino's career.

According to his doctors, Menino remains mentally sharp and capable of carrying out his duties as mayor.

Source: Boston.com

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