What The Doctor Didn’t Tell My Dad About Diabetes
by Joe Kalis
It’s pretty amazing how much people could improve their lives if they only took the time to learn the basics about certain important things. That’s the main goal of my entire blog (not to mention my life mission), but this time around, I’ve been made aware of one of the more popular varieties of negligence…
Diabetes (Type II).
Now, I don’t mean to give the wrong impression; I don’t know everything there is to know, either, but at the very least I know it’s an acquired disease that can be controlled (or not) by a proper diet & exercise. I also know that if I had diabetes, I would want my doctors to explain very clearly what I should and should not be doing, and that choosing the wrong path would literally lead to a life or death situation. There’s no reason to skirt around the issue.
Unfortunately, from what I’ve heard, doctors are not always the most informative and patients aren’t always the most proactive about pursuing health education. I’m also not a conspiracy theorist, but almost every single person I know that has a tough health problem is typically given prescriptions to sustain their current state and keep the problem from getting worse, instead of actually going to the root of the problem and fixing it. I mean, it makes sense why someone would want to do that if their livelihood depended on the perpetual care of their patients. It’s just sad. I am thankful for the huge amount of information now available so that people can become informed on their own.
All that said…my dad has acquired type II diabetes. The worst part is that he really has no idea what diabetes is, how it happened, or how to fix it. Is that the doctors problem, or my dads? The answer is both, but i’m glad to know there’s always something that can be done about a tough situation!
The key is awareness!
In this case, it’s a simple case of educating my dad on the very basics of what diabetes is and how to live victoriously despite it. There are some things we (and ALL diabetics) need to keep in mind:
- How often in the day are you eating? This will help stabilize your blood sugar levels.
- What is it that you’re putting in your body?
- BAD: Stagnant lifestyle without physical activity, sugars, sweets, alcohol, caffeine, refined stratches, trans & saturated fats
- GOOD: Physical activity, fresh whole foods, whole grains, fiber, monounsaturated fats, veggies, water
- What quality supplements are you using? This will help fill dietary gaps left by diet alone
- What sort of foods specifically spike your blood sugar? Need to monitor this closely.
I am VERY excited to help my dad and any other people with diabetes understand that success in any area of life all comes down to having a positive attitude, a belief that you can claim victory in all situations, a gameplan for positive change, and accountability with someone who cares about you.
It’s never an easy journey to live healthy (physically, mentally, emotionally), but much easier than the alternative! Cheers to a successful future for those who claim it!
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