Most of you know I take Diabetes very seriously. And, while I know just enough to be dangerous about Type 1, I do know that life-style has a major impact on whether or not a person gets Type 2. Can you imagine my consternation, concern, and even a touch of anger when I read this article: Kids less physically fit than parents were at their age.
We all want better lives for our children, but we are doing them a huge disservice. We are not encouraging them to get out and play. We are not encouraging physical activity. Why not? Getting them into the habit of activity early will last their lifetime.
Sure, they have great thumb coordination from texting – probably much better than I had at their ages. And, yes, they may have well developed cat-like reflexes as they encounter alien invaders. But, can they run a half-mile or mile? Can they skip rope? Do they have daily activity in their lives?
It would seem that for a number of children the answer is no. And, those same children may well be destined to a sedentary lifestyle which could lead to Diabetes. Is this what you want for them?
In case you didn’t understand the first article, here’s another. Yes, it appeared in a lot of places today. It’s not just a problem in the United States, it’s world-wide.
While you may have declared War On Diabetes, don’t think you are fighting just for yourself. You are fighting for your children and their children. You are waging your war so they, through your example, may never have to face Diabetes.
The War On Diabetes is not just about controlling Diabetes; there are a lot of organizations, great sites and information ‘out there’ for you to use. The War On Diabetes is just that: a fight to eliminate the disease – Type 1 and Type 2. Yes, I know they are very different diseases, but they lead to the same severe complications. The War must be fought and won.
Diabetes has to go from being one of the fastest growing diseases on Earth to being obscure. One day the question will be asked, “What is Diabetes?” because so few will have it. Until that day comes, there is a lot of fighting to be done.
If you have Diabetes, Type 1 or Type 2, encourage your family – children, spouse, Uncles, Aunts – everyone – to be more active. Activity and a reasonable diet are the best safeguards against getting Diabetes. Become the example they need to see that will lead them to a healthier life.
I know you can do this. I believe it. You need to believe it, too.
Fight your War and win. Do it for their sake.
As always, thank you for reading.