This is a topic that is near and dear to my heart. My daughter is a Type 2 diabetic. She was diagnosed a couple years ago by her pediatricain who is an incredible diagnostician. It was diagnosed through blood work that the doctor ordered because of reoccurring infections.
Fortunately, my husband is a Type 1 diabetic so we are very familiar with the disease. While she is our adopted daughter and the genes aren't there from US(even though we have them), it is hereditary. By the grace of God, she has a disease that FREAKS many out, but because she has grown up watching her dad test and inject several times a day...it is second nature. God is good!
Our daughter does a commendable job controlling her diabetes. Every time we get her blood results she is in the perfect range, but...it isn't easy for a teenager. Everywhere she goes there is JUNK FOOD! ALL parties, get togethers, dances, trips to the mall, social activities are centered around food. How can we change this?
This is a girl who has grown up witnessing healthy eating habits. We have always talked to our kids about eating healthy foods and we have provided them. We also eat our share of junk food, but as children we would give them a little baggy of snacks as opposed to letting them sit in front of the tube with a bag of chips, candy, etc.
We are also a VERY active family. Always running to some sports activity, practice, game, etc. My daughter swims, played soccer, basketball, gym class, you get the picture. Unfortunately for her it is genetic.
Her doctor told her that if she lost 20 pounds she wouldn't have to test her blood every day or be too concerned with her diabetes. I can't imagine her 20 pounds lighter. I think she looks good now!
Where am I going with this?
Weight and inactivity definitely play into this. The youth of today are way too sedintary. All of the cable channels, videos, computers, etc. can never replace the good old days of playing outdoors!
Also, the super-size everything is out of control! Our portions are huge. There are way too many candy, chips, fried food options today.
We need to get the kids outside and eating healthier, no doubt!
If anyone has questions about Diabetes, feel free to email me. My husband has been an insulin dependent diabetic for twentysome years and my daughter a Type 2 Diabetic for a couple.