If you live anywhere north of exit 145 on the Garden State Parkway you know that when I say, “he had sugar” I’m talking about diabetes. In honor of National Diabetes Month, I thought I’d throw out a few words on the topic of “sugar”. According to the American Diabetes Association, diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the United States. 29.1 million people have diabetes and, it’s currently projected, that at least 1 in 3 people will develop the disease in their lifetime.
I was introduced to diabetes as a child — my grandfather was diagnosed with adult onset (Type 2) diabetes in his late 40’s. He was prescribed medication (pills) and instructed to curtail his diet to manage his sugar levels. Through a child’s eyes, I simply learned that diabetics couldn’t eat sugar. Fast-forward 20 years; I was destined to meet Chris who was diagnosed with juvenile onset (Type 1) diabetes, which required a daily shot (at least) of insulin. Chris would struggle with vision loss, hypertension, cardiovascular and kidney disease all attributed to diabetes.
Okay, so where’s the joy in this post? Moral? Lesson? Call to action? Sorry, I tried.
Diabetes is a disastrous disease. It’s so much more than not being able to eat a Oreo for desert. It’s the most common cause of kidney failure and, adults with diabetes are two to four times more likely to have heart disease. Come to think of it, it’s also the reason we were BLESSED with triplets. Ah, and there it is, the JOY in my post! Phew.
I’m on location for my next post! Have a great week,