Guest Post: Keeping Kids Happy and Healthy to Prevent Diabetes
According to Diabetes Australia 1.7 million Australians have diabetes, with an estimated 280 Australians developing the condition every day. As diabetes is an insidious disease that has the potential to affect all parts of the body as well as having huge impacts on quality of life, those are very worrying numbers.
I have a niece and a cousin with type 1 diabetes as well as an uncle with type 2. I confess I truly did not realise just how debilitating the condition can be until I witnessed the endless blood glucose testing, insulin injections and the weighing and measuring of carbohydrates that my niece has to endure every single day.
When Carolyn from Full on Fit asked if she could talk about diabetes prevention on the blog, I was more than happy to spread the word. Her message is clear – a healthy diet and an active lifestyle can go a long way to preventing the development of type 2 as well as helping to manage type 1 diabetes too.
If you wish to find out more about diabetes and it’s prevention in Australia please check out these sites:
For now, please take the time to read Carolyn’s post and become more diabetes aware.
Every parent wants their child to be happy and healthy. November was American Diabetes Month, and normally, this wouldn’t have meant much to me personally. That all changed when my cousin was recently diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes; because of this, I have become much more personally vested in the fight against this disease.
Obesity and lack of physical activity are the main causes for Type 2 Diabetes in children. And according to information from St. Joseph’s Hospital Cardiac Center, if left untreated, diabetes can lead to even more serious consequences, such as eye problems or blindness, heart disease, neurological problems, and more. This was a shock to me, but knowing the proper ways to prevent this disease is the best way to ensure that my other cousins, and every other child out there, will stay healthy for years to come.
A healthy diet
Simple changes in your child’s life can help keep Type 2 Diabetes at bay. Avoiding high-fat and salty foods is a great way to start. Also, according to the American Diabetes Association, incorporating some vegetarian dishes can make a huge difference in your kids’ lives. Some examples we like to use include:
– hummus with cut-up veggies
– vegetable quesadillas
– tangy fruit salsa
– yummy sweet potato soup
Make sure to always have on-hand satisfying and healthy snacks, like low-fat cheese, apples, carrot sticks, and even homemade trail mix so your kids can feel full and satisfied with a quick snack. You can make eating healthy fun for your kids by letting them help pick the healthy foods they’d like to eat when you go shopping, and even allowing them to help prepare some of the meal (my cousins love to help chop and mix!).
An active lifestyle
Keeping your kids active is also extremely important when it comes to preventing Type 2 Diabetes. Just sending the kids out to play by themselves often isn’t enough to motivate them. Get kids active by getting them to try a new activity, like Yoga, or enrolling your kids in a sport that they enjoy. In allowing them to interact with other kids in sports or workout programs, they can feel more motivated to stay heart healthy and be healthy and feel good all around.
You can provide a great example for your children as well by simply playing with them outdoors, going for nature hikes or bike rides, and encouraging them to do more than watch TV or play video games. However, it is important to note that using kids video games for good can be done! We like to break out the Dance Dance Revolution game and have silly dance competitions on the weekends – and it’s something that anyone can participate in.
In taking proper precautions to prevent Type 2 Diabetes in your child, you help them develop healthy habits, a positive image of themselves, and keep them heart-healthy for life. Since preventing diabetes is all about lifestyle changes, as a family you can work with your children to be as healthy as possible and make great choices to be healthy, happy and energetic for years to come!
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/!
Thanks so much for that message Carolyn! Today I’m helping to spread the word via the following awesome linkups: