Keep Your Kids from Getting Diabetes

By jayabee52 Latest Reply 2012-05-28 13:37:33 -0500
Started 2012-05-28 09:24:58 -0500

By The Lifescript Editorial Staff
Reviewed By Edward C. Geehr, M.D.
Published May 28, 2012

Anyone who has followed me for a while knows that I am concerned about one or all of my 3 sons developing diabetes during their lifetimes. So this headline drew my attention.

My sons are all adults now and are older than the group which is described in this article, but I thought I'd pass this along for folks who have chjildren, grandchildren, or even great-grandchildren of the ages of which the article speaks.

You may find the article here ~

What do you think about this trend?

5 replies

GabbyPA 2012-05-28 10:49:06 -0500 Report

I tend to agree with Caroltoo. My dad was much like her in his upbringing. Still, it hit him in his early 60's. Years of eating the more and more processed foods as times changed could be more the culprit. My brother and I were raised the same, just 3 years apart. But he got type 2 in his mid 20's when I got mine in my late 40's.

Will healthier kids have less or delayed bouts with diabetes? I can hope so. While these things are just scratching the surface and are a good place to start, we have to look deeper into why these thing are happening. Are the genes being passed on more as more diabetics survive to have families? Are the franken foods we eat reprogramming our bodies in unhealthy ways? Schools remove P.E. and replace it with computer classes? I could go on.

The article is a good place to start. But it is only the starting point of it all.

Caroltoo 2012-05-28 09:43:41 -0500 Report

It's a very disturbing trend.

I have diabetes, but I ate with my family without a t.v., I exercised daily (biked, ran, walked, and played active sports), we had family outings, I was not overweight, and our diet was mostly fresh from our garden. These are good things to do and would help the current obesity epidemic, but there has to be more to this issue than that.

We need to be in the forefront of the effort to teach how to be active and eat well, but also how to make good decisions about the care of our land and resources so that our living environment becomes less toxic.

jayabee52 2012-05-28 10:34:53 -0500 Report

You describe your growing up years much like I remember mine being (except that I always seemed to be a bit "stocky") and I ended up with Diabetes also.

I tend to agree that there is more to Diabetes than just weight related issues, but losing the weight and eating right are certainly good things to do.

Caroltoo 2012-05-28 13:27:25 -0500 Report

My son grew up similarly and he is pre-D also. I was 58 before I developed D and, I think would have stayed pre-D for many more years except for a horrible infection that my doc refused to treat with antibiotics because I didn't have a fever (my feet were just dripping puss)! I finally blew him off and went to ER for the pills, but I think the damage was done.

These steps the article mentions are good and should be done to maximize each person's opportunities for health. I'm just suggesting that there is more that we need to do beyond that before we can really turn the situation around for more people.

We developed this brave new world in ignorance of how our changes would also change us. That is to be expected because we did not know … it was new ground. Now we need to clean up the mess we made in the process and find healthy ways to continue the progress.

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