If I had to pick my top 3 most dreaded sicknesses, diabetes has got be one of ’em.
I have a lot of friends and family who suffer from diabetes… I’ve witnessed how painfully tedious and careful one has to be in order to keep this kind of sickness in check. Granted that the meticulous work of caring for oneself eventually becomes a way of life and pretty much “automatic”, it still doesn’t mean that it doesn’t get tiring and depressing at times.
What exactly is “diabetes”? To explain it simply…
“Diabetes is a disease in which your body can’t control the amount of fuel in your blood. Just as a car is powered by petrol, you are powered by glucose, which is extracted from food in your gastrointestinal tract. Insulin normally gets the glucose from the bloodstream to where it’s needed in the cells (your body’s engines). Type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes are both caused by problems with insulin. (Medipedia)
Once you get it, it’s there for good… and all you can do is take necessary measures to prevent it from getting worse.
Good thing nowadays we have a better understanding of how diabetes attacks. Because of that knowledge, we now have a more vast selection of diabetes-friendly food as well as formulas that serve as meal replacements or supplements such as Nutren that help improve the way of life of people suffering from this kind of sickness.
My wife’s family has a long history of diabetes and that gives me good reason to be more vigilant over what my kids eat every single day.
It may sound very cliche, but the saying is indeed true… “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. Why wait till it’s too late when you can practice healthy eating now?
There have been times before wherein we’ve seen some of the clothes inside our hamper with a trail of ants. That is a telling sign.
Since I am very careful on my own intake of sweets as part of my weight loss regimen, I have encouraged my wife and kids to follow suit as well. It’s actually good practice regardless if they have a predisposition to diabetes or not.
Our children may sometimes resent the limitation on sweets that we strictly enforce on them, but I know that they also understand the reasons why we do the things we do. All they have to do to know that we do these things out of love is to simply look at our family members who suffer from diabetes. They will eventually thank us for it.
Too much of a good thing is bad, right?
The only sweetness that our kids can get an excess of… is the kind that we parents lovingly and unsparingly give out to them.
Now that is what you call sweet love!
Do you or a family member have diabetes?
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