Happy Fathers Day to all the Dads out there and to all the fathers no longer with us!
Today I would like to talk about how diabetes can originate from a part of your family and how important it is to keep up your physical examinations every year.
Every diabetic has there own story about when they were diagnosed. In my case it was over seven years ago. I wasn’t taking care of myself. I was eating poorly and drinking too much alcohol, which led to my condition.
The question I had when I was diagnosed was how did I get it? My father was a borderline diabetic and my mother never had it.
On my mothers side of the family none of my relatives every had the disease. On my fathers side of the family his brother had it and my cousin also had it. They were both type 1. This should have been a red flag for me to get a physical yearly, but I ignored it and I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
The point I’m making is if diabetes runs in your family, take care of yourself. The genes in your family may catch up with you someday. Talk to your diabetic family members about how they were diagnosed and what foods and drinks they had with there daily life.
This is especially important while your young. If I treated myself better in my later teen years into adulthood maybe I would have never got this disease. If I had talked a doctor about my concerns about contracting the disease someday and how to prevent it, I may been in better shape today.
Take care of yourself. Watch what you eat and drink. Watch your portions, and try to control how much sugar you eat. Read about diabetes, and learn about steps to help prevent it.
If you are diagnosed, ask your fellow diabetic family members for advice and support to help control your sugars. Get a diabetic doctor appointment immediately and have them manage your diabetes.
If you experience blurred vision, or have any ulcers on your feet , make and appointment to see a foot and eye doctor immediately.
Take care of yourself while you’re young. It would possibly save you poor health in your adult future.
Stay safe and healthy!