Can Diabetes in Children be Treated?

 

Children with diabetes and a lot of the illnesses we see them suffering with now was not prevalent when I was a child. We had a healthier childhood than our children of today. This is of grave concern to me, especially as a mother and a teacher. Why do we see so many cases of diabetes in children and what are we doing to change this? Is this treatable and can we ensure that our children, tomorrow’s adults, mothers, fathers, government leaders, pastors, etc., live a healthy and happy life?

Erase Diabetes from their LivesEraser

Today, I would like us to focus on tomorrow. Let us look at our children and see what we need to do in order to ensure that they do not have to write about diabetes tomorrow. Let us focus on our children so that their children will not know the words “diabetes” and “diabetic.”

Today, let us help our children to erase these words from their dictionaries tomorrow. We owe it to them to ensure that they are healthy, safe and happy.

First Teachers and First Classrooms

As parents, we are the first teachers our children see and hear. Our homes are the first schools they attended. Education begins at home. What foundations are you settingGroup work? Are you loading the refrigerator with sodas? Are you loading the pantry with highly processed foods?

Who taught your children to chew gums, buy sodas, cookies, and donuts? Who taught your children to smoke and acquire an appetite for smoking and missing sleep? Who taught your children to watch television all night and to spend days playing video games?

I am unhappy when I see the things our children are taught by some of the very first teachers with whom they interacted. I am less than happy about some of the very first schoolrooms our students learned to fill up on empty carbohydrates, sodas, and candies.

Yes, I am unhappy. You see, it creates a huge problem for tomorrow. If this is all we teach them, then we will have a domino effect as they teach the same things to their children, your grandchildren. Just pause for awhile and think about this. Is this what you really want for your children and your grandchildren?

Heed the Call and Make the Changes

I’ve made some changes at home that I would love to share with you. I am doing that because I would like to make a contribution to see an end to diabetes in our beautiful world. I know that if we win the war against diabetes with our children, then in time we will see less diabetes around us. Isn’t it beautiful to know that once we win this fight, then we will avoid other battles?

Yes, if we can get our children to eat whole foods and become more active, then they will not only avoid diabetes, but also high blood pressure, obesity, high cholesterol, other lifestyle illnesses and possibly cancer. Are you with me on this one? Is it worth our time, effort and money? Are your children precious enough for you to throw out the processed foods and help them to change their eating habits?

Now, here are some of the changes I made in my home:

  • Sodas and other store bought drink/juices are not encouraged. Instead, we make delicious fruit and or vegetable smoothies and juice/drink without sugar but sweetened with fruits.
  • Donuts, cookies, and cakes are replaced with homemade cookies, cakes, and pancakes using coconut flour, cassava flour, fruits and other whole foods. We use fruits for the sweet tooth and I am super happy that my son was already not a fan of sweets, hence my job is easier.
  • Our meals are loaded with whole foods. We snack on fruits and nuts. When we feel like eating cookies, we have some nuts and a fruit. Kale, spinach, cabbage, lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, and other whole foods such as peanuts, cashew, almonds, flaxseed, pumpkin seeds are always in the refrigerator.
  • Meat is mainly used to flavor soups. My son still likes his meat, but, he is down to 3 oz per day and lots of vegetables, both raw and cooked using the moist cooking methods. I also do not promise to be off meat, but I do consume less now especially since I am more health conscious.
  • We are learning to be creative with sandwiches using lettuce leaves, cucumber, tomatoes, etc. Boiled and poached eggs are eaten more often than fried eggs.
  • We drink a lot of water and smoothies loaded with vitamins and minerals from the colorful fruits and vegetables given to us by God.

Turn the Switch to Whole FoodsSwitch

I guess you understand the drift by now. We need to switch our children to whole foods in order to cure their diabetes. It can be done. They will make the right choices when they leave our homes and go to school and other places.

Let us buy more of the following foods at home:

  • Oranges
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries
  • Blueberries
  • Papaya
  • Tangerines
  • Cherries
  • Ripe bananas
  • Avocado
  • Coconut
  • Lettuce
  • Cucumber
  • Kale
  • Cabbage
  • Spinach
  • Asparagus
  • Bok Choy
  • Carrots
  • Tomatoes
  • Ginger
  • Garlic
  • Yam
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Green Bananas
  • Pumpkin
  • Cho Cho
  • Walnuts
  • Cashew
  • Peanuts
  • Almonds

Note, the above list is by no means complete, but I just wanted you to see that our children will not starve and that they can eat delicious foods as well. I will be sharing recipes in my newsletters, please feel free to subscribe below.

 

A More Active Lifestyle to Eliminate Diabetes

Our children are the future and if we teach them to eat whole foods and to become active individuals, then the Sports symbolsfuture will be different. Diabetes will be present in fewer homes. Governments and families will have more financial resources to use for other things.

Let us get our children active again. I remember as a child playing games such as badminton, netball and “ring games.” Staying inside all day was not an option for us when we were growing up.

Why are we doing this to our children? Why are we silent when they spend all day inside playing games and watching television? Let us encourage our children to play baseball, badminton, netball and cricket again.

We are not short on research and living proofs that an active lifestyle will make us healthier and prolong our lives. I am sure, we all want our children to be healthy and happy. Let us do the right thing. Limit their use of these electronic games and be active as a family. Let us act now for a diabetic-free tomorrow.

A Note on Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is said to be an auto-immune illness, where the production of insulin is affected. This is the type of diabetes that affects a number of our children. Does that mean that they can ignore their diet and eat and drink whatever they like?

The answer, of course, is a no, certainly not. Remember, that when we eat whole foods and ensure that we include lots of plant-based foods in our diet, coupled with an active lifestyle, we maintain a good body weight, avoid high blood pressure and high cholesterol to name a few. This way of living could help us (parents) from having to assist and care for our children through not just type 1 diabetes, but also cancer.

Act One, Scene One

It is time to act. Let us re-think what we purchase and what we eat. Let us educate our children about whole foods. Let us pressure school canteens and tuckshops to stock up on fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, milk and fruit smoothies which are made at school.

Let us pressure our schools to make soup with pumpkin and beans, nicely seasoned and garnished to serve our children. Let us protect our children by insisting that brown rice is cooked at school and sweet potatoes are served in the cafeterias.

But, be reminded that home is the first classroom for our children and we are the first teachers they meet. Make the switch at home and then eating the foods provided at home will be accepted by our children when they are given the same foods at school.

We have a responsibility to give our children the opportunity to develop into healthy, happy adults, who are eating whole foods and maintaining an active lifestyle. Do this and our grandchildren and their children will be “as fit as a fiddle.”

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Until next time, please take care of our children. May God bless you and our children and keep you safe as you do your part of being healthy and diabetic-free.

 


 

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12 Comments


  1. // Reply

    Very informative and thorough article about children and diabetes, thanks. I agree with you and us the grownups and parents are our children’s first teachers and we have to provide them with the basic guidelines to the correct eating habits and the right food to eat, especially on the case of diabetes, a health condition that can be life-threatening in particular if one does not monitor what he insert into his body. I’m wondering though about how did you come up with the above list of food? Any medical authorized sources maybe?


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    These methods have helped a lot of my family members with diabetes keep a healthy outlook. They find it so hard not to give into temptation which gives them episodes.
    The only child I met with diabetes was a pastor’s daughter at a church I previously attended and he told me that their family struggles with her life in general and fear for her in what she may eat or not eat enough of.
    He told me he prays for God to give him the diabetes instead of her. I hope he found these methods helpful since they are so essential and he is struggling so much with his daughters health.


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      Sad to hear about the pastors’ daughter and also your family members, but we are not without hope. Keep encouraging and sharing information with them. I believe that education makes a difference. How about you Jana? Are you diabetic?


  3. // Reply

    This is a very important post being that it talks about diabetes in children. But I never knew that children have started having diabetes. I always thought that this affects only the adults but children is a very serious situation like you said. We need to start giving our children a more healthier foods than all the junk and processed foods that they take. Seriously, I think this case should be handled urgently or even be declared as a state of emergency. It is very sad that children are becoming diabetic.

    Thanks for raising a voice, hopefully parents and other stakeholders will get to hear and make amends.


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      Nnamdi, it is a crisis, especially the fact that they are learning the wrong things as it relates to their diet and lifestyle in general. They will then teach their children what they know and the cycle will continue. Sad in deed. A number of our children have type 1 diabetes, but in general we need to change how they eat and what they eat. Where do you live? I am a bit surprised that this is new information, so just checking if maybe the folks in your country are making healthier choices. All the best Nnamdi.


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    Hi! Such great advice! I think that I was quite lucky to grow up in Australia as the ‘healthy living’ has always been very prevalent. More than a decade ago when I was in High School there was a National over haul on the type of foods that could be bought at the school canteen. I think generally, Aussies choose to eat healthy.Growing up we rarely had sodas, cakes etc. They were special treats. However, the issue lies in food that’s masking to be healthy but is actually the opposite. I hate mis-leading products especially when people are trying to do the right thing.


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      Yes, we need to be careful, even with the so-called ‘healthy’ foods.
      Kate, is it still that way in Australia?
      Is diabetes rare in Australia?
      Do subscribe to our newsletter and you are welcome to keep checking for updates and to continue to educate us about Australia. Cheers.


  5. // Reply

    Thanks Josephine for some great advice. I too feel it is important to not only lead a healthy lifestyle but teach our kids the same. I do have healthy meals, unfortunately I snack in between, which is not good. Your alternatives are great and I will follow them. Thanks again for all the useful tips in this article.


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      Owain, you are welcome and the pleasure is mine to be able to serve. I snack too, but I try to make it fruits, seeds or nuts. All the best and stay in good health as you aim to snack on whole foods instead. Cheers.


  6. // Reply

    I whole heartedly agree with everything you say in this article. I am now at 73 a senior citizen but I remember in the post WW2 years that diabetes among children was virtually unknown for the reason that there was little in the way of processed foods and one’s diet was mainly composed of natural foods of fresh meats, fruits and vegetables. These days both parents frequently go to work and it is common practice for the children to be given money to purchase lunch food from the school canteen which is often stocked with unhealthy food and drink products which the kids buy


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      James, it is my pleasure to receive an input from you and I certainly thank you for that bit about post WW2 and the information that diabetes was absent in our children due to the fact that we ate whole foods. That’s a strong confirmation for the arguments against processed foods, but an even stronger one for the arguments for whole foods. I do salute and thank you Sir James. Let us continue to inform, educate, and pray for the change. All the best James.

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