You thought this was a blog about Diabetes, didn’t you? So, what’s a Pet Store have to do with Diabetes? Welllll…
So, there I was, in a local pet food and supply store on Saturday. It was incredibly crowded – they were offering free dog washes which seemed to be incredibly popular.Not only were there a lot of dogs in the parking lot; there seemed to be hundreds (okay, I admit to a bit of hyperbole) in the store. It felt like wall-to-wall dogs.
The dogs were all well behaved while their owners shopped for food, toys, etc. The thing I noticed was that a great deal of care was being taken in the selection of the ‘right’ food for their dogs and for toys that would provide them exercise. What made the right food? All natural products. A balance of vitamins and minerals. No grain or filler. Beef and chicken with vegetables without a hint of grain to be found. The really good stuff!
Now, don’t get me wrong. I think it’s very important to feed our pets the best food available. I was in the store, right? I was there to buy cat food…good cat food. Our pets depend on us to make good choices for them; and most of us do the best we can.
In fact, it would seem that we make better choices for our dogs, cats and other pets than we sometimes do for ourselves. How can I say that? Well, the evidence is pretty strong. There are 1,900,000 new Diabetics in the United States every year. Don’t you think that number would be decreasing if we paid as much attention to our own diets and exercise as we do to our pets’?
What would happen if we were to put more thought into what we ate – fewer carbs, sugars and greasy food and more protein and fresh vegetables? What would happen if we made sure we got a bit of exercise each day? What would happen if we started treating ourselves like we treat our dogs? There would be fewer people with Diabetes! That’s simple cause and effect. And, if you have Type 2 Diabetes, control would be easier because you would be using the weapons available to you: Diet, Exercise and Meds.
We would be winning the War On Diabetes! You would be winning YOUR War On Diabetes! You can. Believe it.
As always, thank you for reading.