Saturday, November 13, 2010

World Diabetes Day

Though this is not normally the type of blog entry I would post, it is a topic I care about.

World Diabetes Day Blue Circle Logo

Sunday, November 14th is World Diabetes Day.  As you may have read in the news, the rate of late onset (Type 2) diabetes is increasing in the Western World.  Both my parents suffered from Type 2 diabetes.  They both were heavy smokers.  My dad developed heart disease, and passed away over 8 years ago as a consequence of cancer.  My mom suffered a series of strokes, and ultimately lost both her lower legs due to her diabetes.  Mom also died 8 years ago.  They were both young.  Dad died at the age of 68, while Mom was 65.

Type 2 diabetes is not a death sentence.  It is very manageable, and can be avoided with proper diet, weight management, and exercise.

I hope you consider your lifestyle choices each and every day.  Today I rowed my first marathon of the year.  I usually row 1 million meters a year, love to cycle, and just keep active.  I know I need to keep active (as both my parents suffered from Type 2 diabetes, I am at a higher risk than the general public).  I want to be around a long time to give my grandchildren (and future great-grandchildren) tractor rides!

Take care.


Simplifying in the South said...

Thanks for posting this Uncle Tractor! My better half and I just joined a gym today for this reason. We want to maintain a healthy lifestyle and teach our future children the importance of being active.

Uncle Tractor said...

Laura - Glad to see you have joined the gym. It's great to see people take control of their lives instead of complicating things with expensive health care, medications, etc. Good job!