My son is more likely a pre diabetic and Its my fault
Today I am resigned to the fact that Re is more likely than not a pre diabetic and may become a a full blown diabetic if I don’t make some very drastic changes ASAP. Childhood obesity is an epidemic in this country, stats say 1 out of every 3 kids is considered overweight or obese. The statistical disparity does very little to soothe my self blame scenario that I am hell bent on doing today, because as a diabetic should I not have known better, been more vigilant, understood the risks, not done anything and everything in my power to not have let this happen. How can I as a diabetic say I love my child with every breath of my being and that I would with my last breath never do anything to harm him and yet here we are.
Today we are participating in the Rainbow babies Healthy kids, Healthy Weight Program.
The Healthy Kids, Healthy Weight program has a team of specialists who works with a child’s family to tailor a program for their unique needs. The team consists of physicians, psychologists and experts in dietetics, exercise physiology and nurses. It is my hope that the it takes a village to raise a child mentality will help us move forward and stave off disaster even if he turns out to be pre diabetic.
The pre diabetic testing phase included:
The Glucose tolerance test is a medical test in which glucose is given and blood samples taken afterward to determine how quickly it is cleared from the blood. The test is usually used to test for diabetes, insulin resistance, and sometimes reactive hypoglycemia or rarer disorders of carbohydrate metabolism (Wikipedia)
Next was the Resting Energy Expenditure test which is a test that determines the amount of energy one expends when they are resting.
Followed by the BOD POD Test that measures a body’s BMI and finally the Strength Test.
We are on a path to get my son healthy again and so I will let the healing begin, He might as well avoid being pre diabetic, we wont know the results for another couple of weeks but as far as the rest of it, the weight has to dramatically come down, I am increasing his strenuous activity, as we get ready for his first year of Muny football.
I have been running him through a few drills as we prepare for camp( Running 2 miles daily and 3 sets with 20 reps of push ups, sit ups, squats and jumping jacks) and I have signed him up for swimming lessons at the local gym, it is just 30 mins once a week but every physical activity at this point helps.
He may well be a pre diabetic already, the triggers are not in our favor, I must say,
- Diabetes in the family history
- African American
- the Weight Issue
But I have to pray that he is not and God forbid if he is then we have to deal with him being pre diabetic aggressively to stave off disaster. I will definitely pray for strength and keep doing my part.
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