On a day to day basis we encounter patients plagued with Type 2 Diabetes. It is absolutely true that this disease is due to carbohydrate intolerance caused mostly by a high carbohydrate diet over the course of many years. We can’t discount the fact that genetics plays a roll in a person’s predisposition to developing diabetes, but believe it or not, this can be relatively controlled by adhering to a low carbohydrate diet. The population currently at greatest risk is our children. Click on the link below to read Dr. Bernstein’s letter to the editor for NY Times Magazine discussing type 2 diabetes in children.
Cut and paste the link below into your browser to read this article.
Here are some ways we can educate our children and try to prevent this in their future:
1. Model good behavior- we have all heard it before- “practice what you preach”. You can’t expect your kids to eat a healthy diet if you don’t. Teach them by example, it is truly the most effective way to get your point across.
2. When talking to your children about healthy eating habits, make sure you approach it from that perspective- the health perspective. Try not to focus or even mention weight. Fostering a healthy self esteem is also crucial. By not focusing on weight you are sending your kids the message that it is not how you look that is important, but rather how you take care of your body that counts.
3. Educate your kids about the differences between protein, fat and carbohydrates and help them understand how to balance their diet to get the essential nutrients their bodies need to stay healthy and fit
4. Be active with your kids- try turning on some music and dancing silly around the room (my kids love this!), go for evening walks as the weather is nicer, go for a family bike ride. With our lives being so busy and on the go, taking time to be active as a family also serves the purpose of actually spending quality fun time together.
To learn more about how you can help yourself and your family, call us and let us share our wealth of information.