As I write this, my father is at the hospital having an operation to remove (amputate) his leg about 6 inches below the knee. Removing his foot and lower leg will hopefully stop the spread of a severe bone infection and allow his body to heal properly. Once he’s on the path to healing he will be fitted for a prosthetic. While this may seem shocking to read, operations and a nip here and there have been commonplace for my family for a while now.
You see, both of my parents have Type 2 diabetes. It’s often referred to as “adult-onset” diabetes because until recently it was the type of diabetes that struck later in life, generally due to poor diet and overall health habits. Both of my parents were diagnosed in their 50’s and each have their own set of serious health issues they face related directly to diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes tends to run in families. If you have one parent with Type 2 diabetes you have a 1 in 7 or a 1 in 13 chance of developing the disease. If both of your parents have Type 2 diabetes your odds skyrocket to 1 in 2. Um……thanks????
Luckily there are things I can do to prevent myself from becoming that 1 out of 2. Since Type 2 diabetes can be attributed to lifestyle choices, I make darn sure my choices (for the most part) are good ones. I exercise 5 -6 times a week. I eat lots of fresh fruits and veggies, whole grains and healthy fats and while by no means perfect, I would say I’m a very healthy eater. Also, my blood pressure is on the low side, my good cholesterol (hdl) is very high and I keep my weight within the healthy range. I do not want to get diabetes . I’ve seen the devastation of this disease up close and I work hard not to be a statistic.
If you are borderline diabetic or have been told that your risk factors are high, please don’t ignore your doctors. Lose the weight. Eat a healthy diet. Do anything you can to avoid joining the growing ranks of diabetics in our country.
Now go run!