Can healthy people get diabetes?
Yes, and so can people with diabetes and other chronic diseases. What to do about it? Avoiding diabetes-related complications is tough in this country. Lack of access to healthy food, limited exercise, and diabetes education are serious barriers to prevention and treatment. We could turn the tide byproducts of a highly industrialized food system that is unhealthy. Healthy people get a more happy life.
Reduced-fat and lite products (e. g., artificially sweetened products on the market today) seem to be the new norm, and the FDA has granted a “generally recognized as safe” status to large amounts of added sugar in food. Food manufacturers are now proficient at changing products to be “low-fat” or “light,” but at the cost of reduced or no nutritional value. This is one reason most people with diabetes can’t seem to have normal blood glucose. In addition, low-fat and “lite” products tend to have more fat, sugar, and calories than regular products.
Food manufacturers, are you listening?
There is a better way, and it is based on real food.
Try to have at least a serving of vegetables with every meal and snack.
Fill your plate with colorful fruits and vegetables instead of white carbohydrates like bread and pasta.
Not only will you eat healthier, but you will also decrease your diabetes and heart disease risk.
Try to avoid sugary drinks and desserts.
But don’t stop with a small piece of fruit
I’m sorry, but these aren’t good for people with diabetes or other chronic illnesses. Chocolate does not help with weight loss, and, at least in part, it may even increase the risk of diabetes, so resist the temptation to add chocolate to your diet.
Yoga, walking, aerobic classes, tai chi, dancing, even swimming – find a form of exercise you love, make it part of your daily routine and go for it.
One study found that people who had light exercise three times a week were 30 percent less likely to develop diabetes.
If you start to lose weight and your blood sugars are too high, make sure you’re eating healthier foods like vegetables and fruits and healthy fats like olive oil and nuts.
Make a point of seeing your doctor regularly.
Ask her for help in controlling your weight and eating right.
She will be glad to help you make healthier choices.
Do you want to live a healthy life?
If you say “yes,” you need to make healthy choices.
Are you living that way?
Ever since a woman on a plane asked me about my breastfeeding experience.
(Which was awkward since I was all alone on a plane, and she approached me in my row without first speaking to the father of her son sitting behind me).
How wrong was that?
My mother would have never let me speak to someone that way, but I heard it and thought about it and was so proud of myself for making Aunt Vicki feel so bad.
It never occurred to me that I would be judged for that behavior as a grown adult.
I have also been guilty of making mistakes in front of my children, thinking they won’t remember.
I recall being one of the moms at a basketball game complaining about a foul call.
My two sons were playing with the ball under the bleachers, and I was yelling from the sidelines, calling for them to return to the field.
One of the other mothers loudly chimed in, “How stupid is she?
That wasn’t very pleasant!
I never again tried to be a dissenting voice at any game.
Now that I have teenagers, I can’t help but think that I should have taught them about right from wrong long before the fact.
I was talking to another mom about a troubling situation with one of her sons.
She started to talk about her son’s diabetes.
As I listened to her description of his recent behavior, I told her that she needed to teach him how to behave in public.
I felt bad about what I said.
I didn’t mean to be rude, but I was judging that it was her job to teach her son how to act appropriately in public.
Then, I wondered, how many people do I judge incorrectly?
And how many people have I judged without knowing it?
Just because I look healthy doesn’t mean that I am.
Just because I look healthy doesn’t mean that I’m not.
I saw a woman recently in her early thirties, smiling, thin, and smiling at the people in front of her in line.
She looked healthy.
After all, what a healthy person looks like is different from what I believe a healthy person should look like.
Only an unhealthy person, who lives a sedentary life, eats the wrong foods, and doesn’t move, would look healthy.
I have recently seen a friend that I used to hang out with regularly.
She looks sickly and thin and unhealthy.
I don’t know what is wrong with her.
This makes me very sad.
I like her, and I can’t imagine what is wrong.
Was it her childhood, or did she have diabetes or another disease as a child?
Has she been losing weight for a year or so?
Is it simply a lack of healthy eating?
I have noticed a few changes in some healthy friends in the last few years.
Most of them have looked healthy in the last few years.
I’ve seen an improvement in their skin and have thought that perhaps they had improved their health.
Perhaps, I had been wrong.
My friend Marci told me her husband had diabetes a few years ago.
She told me they were healthy people and that her husband just ate the wrong foods and didn’t move enough.
After that, I didn’t bother to talk to him anymore.
He would appear healthy, and I would feel confident in him when he was healthy.
After being at his parent’s home this past Christmas, I wondered if she was right.
He looked a little frail and pale.
He had an irregular heartbeat, and I didn’t think he was in good health.
As I watched him get closer to his late sixties, I started to think that maybe he wasn’t healthy.
What do people look like that get diagnosed with diabetes or diabetes complications in their thirties and forties?
I never knew that a mother would pass away so young from diabetes.
I’ve been surprised by how many other people I have encountered with diabetes in the last several years.
And when I see diabetes in a family member, I wonder, how healthy is it?
Is it unhealthy or healthy?
If they weren’t overweight or underweight, would they look unhealthy to other people?
I have noticed some changes, but what I consider healthy differs from what the average person might consider healthy.
If someone’s health isn’t dependent on their weight, they can look healthy even if they have diabetes.
In my mind, I feel like diabetes is healthy when someone isn’t depressed.
People with diabetes can be happy or sad.
They can also be depressed.
So, people with diabetes that are also depressed can still be health. Someone diagnosed with diabetes because they are obese or have other diseases can also be healthy if they are healthy before they get sick. Only a healthy person who is thin and sedentary would look unhealthy. If people with diabetes have diabetes or diabetes complications, it is different than seeing someone with a genetic disease.
I am thankful that I only have to think about diabetes.
It is far less scary than something like cancer or a disease like Parkinson’s.
I have no idea what my son’s future will be.
It could be healthy, or it could not be nice.
However, my thoughts are healthy, and my concerns are healthy.
It’s a good thing.
A very healthy thing.
Sometimes, I wonder how much diabetes has impacted other people.
It’s a little odd to wonder about the lives of people you’ve never met.
How many people are sick and hurting, dying from diabetes?
Do other people get upset that they were diagnosed with diabetes and lose friends, family members and jobs because they have diabetes?
How many people live with diabetes?
Healthy people, healthy people?
And how healthy are they when they have diabetes?
I wonder if people get sick and die when they have diabetes and don’t realize they have diabetes.
Do people struggle with diabetes daily?
Or do they struggle with it once in a while?
If so, it might not seem like it’s a problem.
For me, it’s constant.
I don’t know how the amount of diabetes affects a person’s life, but for me, it’s bad.
It doesn’t control me, but it tries.
A healthy person with diabetes would probably have some things to do that fit their healthy schedule.
Yes, if someone is healthy and living a healthy life, diabetes won’t be as detrimental to them as it might be to someone who isn’t healthy.
But a healthy person might still be unhealthy because they have diabetes.
I know that a healthy person with diabetes can have diabetes complications.
And a healthy person with diabetes can get sick.