This series could have 12 posts or more, but I promised no medical texts, so let this be the last.
Diabetes seems to be more and more prevalent in our society, and seems to be striking at an ever younger age. Is it the result of obesity, brought on by childhood inactivity and junk food? Or is the obesity brought on by the disease? Whichever, it seems to be becoming 'way too common today.
I have always thought - and some of you will think this too harsh - that allowing your children become obese by letting the TV and Playstation be their nanny, and by letting them fend for themselves food-wise, is an actual form of child abuse. A trip to the fast food joint on the way home from work is no substitute for a balanced meal. Giving in to their whining to play video games is the easy way out and takes less effort than a trip to the park or going camping on weekends. I can't make you do the right thing.
Our ancestors walked behind horses all day plowing fields. They still mostly died in their 60s, although of course there were many exceptions. So, I don't know. But there weren't many fat farmers or factory workers, and the pictures I've seen of schoolchildren standing in front of one-room schools for their obligatory class photo didn't show many fat children.
Maybe it is just the changing times. Gym memberships are legion, but the fat continues to mount. No time to walk, no time to play, no time to prepare nutritious meals.
Instead of going on and on about the insidious monster called diabetes, I am only going to warn you of what our future might hold. Please stand up and turn off the TV. Please go for a walk. Please take up a vigorous sport and keep at it your entire life.
My grandfather had a saying, my father said, that everyone should remember: the best exercise is to exercise your forearms by pushing yourself away from the table.
There is no other disease, save heart disease, that I can think of right now whose prevention is more in your own hands.