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Diabetes Positive Approach, Issue #1305-- Cope with Diabetes; Live Healthy
May 07, 2013

There is no one type of diabetes for all. Each one of us is a unique person, one in a million or more. Each one of us is rare. This means we are given such an enormous value making us capable of achieving anything we want to do. This makes us able to help each other in all matters, diabetes or not. Let us see if we can help with the current topic on Diabetes in Children.

In This Issue:

Diabetes in Children - Part 9 Diabetes Prevention and Home Remedies

Diabetes prevention and home remedies is the next topic for the diabetes in children series. Regarding prevention, there is nothing that could have been done to avoid getting diabetes. The researchers are working on this though. They are trying to find ways to prevent the development of diabetes among the people who are at high risk.

The researchers are also trying to find ways to prevent any further destruction of the islet cells among those who have just developed diabetes. There are clinical trials available that you may want your child to participate in but make sure you study all the pros and cons of participating in these trials as there may be risks involved. TrialNet will give more information on this.

Diabetes is serious and requires commitment in following the treatment plan but staying positive is a great help. Teach the child good health habits so he can enjoy a long and healthy active life and avoid complications. Help the child learn to follow some habits as follows:

Make wise decision as to the healthy choices in what he eats.

Test his blood sugar and inject insulin.

Take an active role in his diabetes management plan.

Wear a medical ID tag.

Learn the importance of diabetes care his whole life.

Be physically active.

Have a good relationship with the members of the diabetes care plan team.

Effect of Diabetes on the Child's Emotions

Diabetes needs a lot of time and effort. This is not easy especially at the start. To cope with diabetes, you will need as much support as you can get. Emotions of the child can be affected especially if the blood sugar is not under control. It may make the child become irritable and he may show some changes in behavior.

The child will not want to feel different from the other children and diabetes can certainly make this happen. Having to test his blood sugar will of course set him apart from the other children. With school parties, he may need to take insulin before eating some dessert. Some parents were able to solve this problem by having their children get in touch with the other diabetic children.

Support Groups Are All Around to Help

Support groups may not be for everyone, but they certainly have helped some. Support groups for parents may be able to give some new information. They can provide the latest information. They may also give information as to what restaurants to take the child where you can find carbohydrate counts.

Talking to a theapist or a counselor may help the diabetic child cope with changes in his life. The support groups will help get the child the understanding and the encouragement he needs. The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the American Diabetes Association have local activities or camp programs.

Mental Health

Diabetics are susceptible to be anxious and get depressed. This is why some specialists include psychologists and social worker in the diabetes health care team. Teenagers especially may get tired of taking care of diabetes. Some children who have developed such good habits in taking care of their diabetes.may rebel when they become teenagers.

Some teenagers may turn to alcohol or drugs. They may become worried about their weight and so eating disorders may emerge. Talk to the teens and their doctor especially if you notice changes in behavior in such things as sleep habits, school achievement and being overly pessimistic. Then talk to the doctor and get the child assessed for depression. This issue is certainly part of the diabetes prevention and home remedies.

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3. Diabetes in Children - Part 10 Diabetes Meals

Diabetes meals for children, are the same healthy meals for everyone in the family. In fact they should not really be called diabetes meals. They are really meals that will help eradicate obesity in childhood. Many children are struggling with obesity which is a condition that can lead to diabetes and early death. What can help with this issue is to learn to make better food choices. How can we do this? Here are some ways:

Let the Family Participate

Make grocery shopping a family affair. Allow them to choose the fruits and vegetables they like to eat. Or better still, play a game and let them find their favorite color in the vegetable and fruits. Try new fruits and vegetables like star fruit and kiwi, something they never ate before. Ask them also what nuts or beans they like added to their meal.

Then have them help cook the meals. Getting them involved in cooking will give you a chance to talk about what is good to stay healthy. Make cooking a fun activity for the whole family. Then you can talk about healthy foods and the nutrients in the ingredients you use in cooking. This may help the picky eaters understand that there are choices out there.

Use Foods Children Like and Offer Alternatives if Necessary

Find out what healthy foods the children prefer and include that in the preparation. Most children prefer sweets to snack on but if you prepare a fruit salad they could be steered to eat that instead of the cookies. They may also become addicted to bananas with peanut butter. A frozen banana could also be a healthy alternative.

Making eating vegetables a fun thing to do will make the children eat more of the healthy stuff. For example I read that one mother had her 7-year old child eat a lot of broccoli by making him pretend he is a lion who wants to eat all the broccolis in town. By making it fun, her child ate a lot of broccoli that day.

Food as Punishment or Reward

Using food as a reward or punishment is a dangerous message. Giving food as a sign of love will give the wrong message, too. Instead of giving food as a reward, offer instead a favorite book to read at bedtime. Similarly, don't use food as a punishment as in "If you don't finish your vegetables, you're not going to have dessert." This may give the message that the dessert is more important than the vegetables.

Rewarding with candy is giving the wrong message that candies are good for you. Instead have a bowl of fruits and encourage the child to eat two different fruits a day. This will be a part of the healthy eating that we want to foster in our children which will pave the way for a healthy life that will help avoid diseases.

Know that it Takes Time, But Be a Role Model

Rome is not built in a day and so are proper eating habits. Children would most likely resist your offering them healthier food. Just be cool and collected and set a good example in the food you choose to eat. They will soon notice what the rest of the family is eating and pretty soon they will eat the same way.

Persuade the Children to Think and Talk About Food

If you want the children to learn to eat healthy, make them see what their body needs when they feel thirsty or hungry. Don't make a big thing about it though or risk a rebellion of some kind. They will learn from example when they see their family not stuff themselves at Thnaksgiving dinner.

In this regard, practice what you preach should be followed to the letter. Telling the children to eat their vegetables and then you don't do what you say is a disaster in the making. Showing them a good example is worth more than a thousand words. It is a lesson that will keep longer in their mind.

Act as a Leader

Insist that everyone in the family eat healthy. For every meal they should eat some fruits and vegetables and whole grains and to reduce the consumption of sweets and unhealthy fats. Insist that they follow good eating habits because you love them and don't want them to get sick. Tell them that eating unhealthy foods is part of why people get sick.

There you have the ways to raise kids who eat healthy. Let us not abdicate our responsibility to raise healthy kids. We are busy I know but if they get sick from eating in an unhealthy way, we will even get busier. It is better to nip the potential problem in the bud before it blossoms into a full blown challenge. An important way to do this is eating healthy diabetes meals.

4. A Success Quotation of the Month

“Diabetes is here to stay. It’s not leaving anytime soon. The faster I learn to accept that, the faster I will be happy and be able to enjoy each day of our ‘new normal.’ Everyday is a blessing, diabetes or not. And some days, diabetes brings us blessings too!” D-Mom Alexis Newell

5. And here's the dessert recipe we promised you.

Seasonal Fruit Palette

6. Some Humour - Let's laugh together at this joke even if it's not funny. Here are some more benefits of laughter: Stress hormones are reduced like adrenaline and cortisol. When one laughs, the diaphragm and abdominal, facial leg and back muscles are getting a workout.

A Dumb Blonde

A dumb blond was bragging that she knew all the capitals of the states and of all the countries in the world.

Blonde: Go ahead ask about any capitals and you will see I know them all.

Onlooker: Okay, what is the capital of Wyoming?

Blonde:: That's easy. It's W!

7. Do you have a question or comment for the team?

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You may see your question answered in an upcoming issue of Diabetes Positive Approach like this one below.

7. Question: "What are the responsibilities of parents when it comes to the nutrition of their kids?"

Answer:Parents are responsible for fostering the healthy eating habits of their children. For the children do not come to this world complete with poor eating healthy habits. They see the food we eat and they follow that example. We the parents buy the food our children eat. We prepare them so we are responsible for the eating habits of our children. To be fair, we live in a different world.

In most families, both husband and wife work outside the home. Then there are all kinds of activities after school that the children participate in. Both these reasons make it difficult to plan for healthy meals and the result is that we rely on fast foods that are high in calories, carbohydrates and fats.

The portions also are often super-sized the contents of which do not have the necessary nutrients that the growing bodies need. For example, the Food and Drug Administration, Department of Agriculture, and National Institutes of Health recommend 3 ounces of serving for poultry, fish or meat but we eat about 8 ounces which is almost 3 more times than what is recommended.

The portion for pasta is also larger than what is recommended. I read it to be be around 480% larger than what is recommended for good health. There are interesting and fun ways to get the children to eat healthy instead of eating larger portions. After all, we are older and wiser and should take the responsibility of teaching the children healthy eating habits.

It is therefore the responsibility of the parents to teach the their children the importance of healthy eating. We need to educate ourselves and our children to develop healthy eating habits. Many children have a wrong idea about healthy eating. All of us have to understand that eating pizza every day is not the way to be healthy.

We think that there is no relation between what we eat and getting sick. So when we get sick we just think it is the reponsibility of the doctors to get us healthy. Sometimes when a diabetic is in the hospital, we bring junk food to the patient so we think he can eat better. On the contrary, that could make the diabetic more sick.

Some hospitals are not any better because they rent space to to fast food chains. In fact, a study found 40 of 170 NHS Trusts rent space to chains like Burger King. One I was told had a donut shop. Another person commented that the hospital may as well have a funeral parlor.

We can improve how to pack fun brown-bag lunches using tasty recipes and creative ideas. So really, back-to-school time does not mean we have to rest from taking care of the kids. Consider it as time to get back to the kitchen and try out some fun foods to cook. Diabetic children usually follow a meal plan which comes in different kinds but always suited to the specific needs of a particular child.

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Now that we are trying to help the diabetic children, hopefully we accept ourselves and each other for what we are and what we need to get better. That is after all the first step in taking care of ourselves. And this we need so we can take care of others.

We are worth every improvement we can make in our life so let us just try to be patient and not try get everything all at once. We do not want to get frustrated and stop the improvement process. Instead let us give ourselves more time to accomplish what we want. What is the first thing to do? Eat healthy and exercise!

Warm Regards,

Roger and Evelyn Guzman

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