Sunday, May 20, 2012
My husband just found out recently that he is diabetic. As distressing as the diagnosis is, it seems like a blessing in disguise. It is forcing him to really be serious about his dietary choices and encouraging him to add more exercise to his life. Those changes are affecting me, and our family, also, as we struggle to accommodate them into our lifestyle. That's a good thing, though. One of our sons is dealing with being overweight, and I have been dealing with being obese most of my life. Sometimes it takes something drastic to prompt you into the change you know you've been needing for a long time. I've dealt with gestational diabetes during 2 of my 3 pregnancies, both of which resolved after delivery. It was so much easier to watch my diet and increase my exercise when I knew that the health of my unborn child hung in the balance. The trick has been to remind myself now that their health still depends greatly on me, and that I'm not only a role model for them, but a conduit for healthy and non-healthy foods and activities that figure into their lives. My husband and I have multiple risk factors for diabetes, and we've known this for a long time. We both have a family history of diabetes, both are overweight, both have most likely been insulin resistant for some time, and I have had gestational diabetes twice. We see a graphic illustration of the damage diabetes can do every time we see my mother-in-law. She has become so fragile, can barely walk or see, has dialysis 3 times a week, and suffers from various other conditions related to diabetes. We are trying very hard to change our lifestyle and our eating habits... It's not easy, but now we all seem to be on the same page. It's much easier to make these changes as a family than as an individual trying to walk the tightrope between a healthier lifestyle and the old, unhealthy family habits. We are all headed out right now for a family walk. How exciting!