When my mother was diagnosed with Diabetes I was totally shocked. Sure, we both knew we were not taking care of ourselves like we should but it was a totaly wake-up call for me. The last time I was jolted like that is when my father told me he had skin cancer. The question is, will I be afflicted?
As the mother of young children, it does worry me, I would not want to jeopardize any time with my children or cause them heartache. The next question is, what can I do to prevent this from happening to me?
Skin cancer is preventable with care, wearing hats, sunglasses with UV protection, slathering on sun screen and avoiding sun burns will go a long way.
Type II Diabetes is avoidable by losing some weight (I’ve seen figures from 5-10%), getting 30 minutes of exercise several times a week, and being aware of the glycemic index and how certain foods affect blood sugar.
These are things that we know are good for us, so why is it so hard to do? For me, the risk of inheriting my parents problems was enough for me to also do the other things that I know are good for me… like getting a good night’s rest, monthly breast exams, and pampering myself. I hope you will all do the same with or without a wake-up call of your own.