Today I want to welcome Carolyn Fallon as a guest blogger on gofitmoms! Carolyn has written an article on the rising epidemic in this country of children with Type II diabetes. After dealing with this in her own family and doing research on her own she provides some great tips on how to protect your children and how to cope with the diagnosis.
Be sure to visit Carolyn’s site for more great health info.! www.fullonfit.blogspot.com
Keeping Type 2 Diabetes Away from Our Youngest
November was American Diabetes Month, and unfortunately for my family, we had a big reason reason to pay attention to it this past year. Ironically, in the month of diabetes awareness, we found out that my younger cousin was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. She’s only 13 – which is way too young in my mind to have something as serious as this!
I thought there must have been a mistake, but after talking with her doctors and doing research on my own, I found that there are many children who are young like her and are suffering from Type 2. In fact, information from St. Joseph’s Hospital Cardiac Center of Syracuse states that there are 215,000 kids under 20 years old who are currently diagnosed with Diabetes. And that is just diagnosis numbers. We have many young cousins in my family, and after realizing how prevalent this disease really is, my family has made a pact in this New Year to work together to help my diagnosed cousin, and to prevent my other cousins from getting Type 2 as well.
One of the easiest ways to avoid Type 2 Diabetes is to eat well. It doesn’t mean completely giving up indulgences. However, there are simple changes that can be made that will benefit everyone in the household. According to the American Diabetes Association, junk food should be avoided. One of the first things we did as a family was an overhaul of each family’s kitchen cabinets. We emptied out the chips and the cookies, replacing them with nuts, low-sugar cereal, low-fat yogurt, fruits, and vegetables.
Whole grains were the next order of business. We bought whole grain bread, whole grain pasta, and a bag of brown rice for variety. We tossed the sugary desserts. Sugar-free pudding and jello worked for that evening. If good foods are on hand, everyone is much more likely to make better choices and be healthier.
Since it is the second factor of preventing Type 2 Diabetes, becoming active was the next order of business. We talked about going on walks together every day. Hikes on the weekend could be fun for everyone. We also like to practice Yoga, Pilates and Zumba in my Aunt and Uncle’s basement, and even do funny dance competitions using the Dance Dance Revolution video game. Since the weather is cold outside, we have also taken advantage of the snow and gone skiing and sledding, ice skating, and built many snow forts to use as bunkers during our snowball fights!
Carolyn is a 20-something year old with a passion for life, fitness and overall well-being. She is an avid cycler, golfer and has been known to bust some serious moves on the dance floor. Check out Carolyn’s blog at http://fullonfit.blogspot.com/!