Why we talk about diabetes so much…

Anyone sick of listening to me & mine talk about diabetes, the signs and symptoms, the daily grind of it, and a cure? Well, you know what? Me too–but we can’t stop-because diabetes is in our house–and isn’t going anywhere.

Diabetes is my third child, the one I didn’t plan on and wasn’t prepared for. It keeps me awake at night, makes a mess of my house with all it’s supplies, says ‘Mom, Mom, Mom–look at me!’ 24 hours a day.

Diabetes shoves itself in our faces, so we shove it in yours–with facebook posts, blogs, and diabetes awareness events. We do this–because diabetes was a punch in the face to our family because we didn’t know a darn thing about it before August 23, 2010 at 1:47pm.

We don’t want another family to watch their child lose weight, become lethargic, use the bathroom all the time, drink  water like it is getting outlawed, and NOT KNOW what the heck is going wrong with their child.

It is so easy (speaking from experience here) to see the signs and symptoms of diabetes as a virus that will pass, growing pains, normal childhood angst. Had we known the symptoms of diabetes before August 23, 2010–we would have had Frankie at a doctor’s office much earlier. We DID NOT KNOWso we want to make sure other parents DO KNOW!

Early detection of diabetes symptoms and early treatment can decrease the chance of developing the complications of diabetes-and SAVE A LIFE!

You may be thinking:
‘We don’t have a family history of diabetes-so we’re good’ WRONG! Neither did we!

‘I breastfed-so my children won’t get it’ WRONG! I breastfed too!

‘ My kids eat a well balanced diet, not too many sweets, and exercise–that prevents diabetes’  WRONG! So did (and does) my son!

Diabetes may strike even without a family history, even if you exercise and eat right, and age doesn’t matter. Type 1, which is an autoimmune disease, used to be considered a ‘kids’ disease–now adults are getting diagnosed! Type 2, was thought of as an  ‘adults only’ form of diabetes–caused ONLY by a bad diet and lack of exercise–is now occurring in children and adults–and can be caused by genetics–not necessarily a bad diet. Skinny people can get Type 2 diabetes too!


Type 1 Diabetes

  • Frequent urination
  • Unusual thirst
  • Extreme hunger
  • Unusual weight loss
  • Extreme fatigue and Irritability

Type 2 Diabetes

  • Any of the type 1 symptoms
  • Frequent infections
  • Blurred vision
  • Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal
  • Tingling/numbness in the hands/feet
  • Recurring skin, gum, or bladder infections

If you or your family members have one or more of these diabetes symptoms, see a doctor right away.

We are going to keep talking diabetes…we hope you listen.


One thought on “Why we talk about diabetes so much…

  1. Awesome article Patty! We feel like diabetes was an unexpected and unwelcome guest also. Noelle was only 1 1/2 when diagnosed. She wasn’t eating too much sugar either. She was breastfed, and we didn’t have type 1 in our family. I’m one of those “skinny” people who recently was told I’m on the border of developing type 2. I’ve consistently been on the low side of my weight and height. That’s been the case since high school. In high school I didn’t weigh enough to donate blood. My high school friends will likely remember. So, I’m being even more careful about what I eat, how I manage stress, when I exercise, to combat the genetic factor I want to throttle. I talk about diabetes an awful lot too… and hope it helps someone else. Maybe it will even save a life.

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