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Beating Genetics

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

My dad has been diabetic since I was a teenager. It's part of the reason I've attempted to stay active and healthy(ish), because I don't want to become a Type 2 diabetic and rely on insulin and face all the medical problems that can come along with the diagnosis. This weekend, I learned both my mom and my sister as also now diabetic. Both type 2. But my family is not exactly active and obesity and sedentary lifestyles contribute to diabetes just as much (if not more?) than genetic predisposition.

I don't know what my genes have in store for me, but if I can lose some weight, stay active, and avoid the non-genetic causes of diabetes, I would be a fool not to.

The good news is my sister has lost 30 pounds since her diagnosis and is taking charge of her health. My mom, too, has stepped up and is trying to walk the dog more and be a little more active. So good for them.

I see an endocrinologist for my thyroid and he has always kept a watchful eye out for diabetes since it runs in the family (now more than I knew before) and so far I'm nowhere near danger. But this has relit a fire to do everything in my power to be as healthy as I can be and ward off preventable illnesses.

in related news, I was super upset because of a 0.2 pound gain, but this morning the scale is back down to a 0.5 pound loss (or, .7 I suppose) so things are moving in the right direction again.

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    hope you beat it!
    1056 days ago
    I interviewed a scientist one time who was working on some telemedicine programs, and he mentioned that the majority (I don't remember the exact percentage) of people with type II diabetes could be "cured" (not have to take medication) if they lost 1/3 of their bodyweight. I know a couple of people who have experienced that -- but I also know a few who have done everything in their power but still require insulin.

    All that is to say: you are doing the right things and genetics don't have to rule in this case. Congratulations to you for that, and to your sister and mom for taking steps in the right direction. I wish your family good health :)
    1057 days ago
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