- Diseases, Disorders & Conditions
Diabetes: Curse or Blessing in disguise
How does Diabetes affect your family
Diabetes is just one of the the many ailments my father developed over the course of his lifetime. While Diabetes can be a devastating condition, it can sometimes benefit one's family more than it hurts them. My father was only 35 when he was diagnosed with Diabetes, but I feel it was probably one of the best things it could have happened to our family. Of course Diabetes is a terrible thing to have to deal with, but it does provide for a healthier way of eating.
I can remember sitting down to dinner and having such great assortments of food. They all looked so tasty, but were full of so many unhealthy ingredients. We would have minute steaks and gravy, mashed potatoes filled with sour cream, candied yams and always a yummy desert. Diabetes, however, took nearly all of these foods away from us. It was too much of a strain to fix two separate meals for a family of for, especially since we were never with much money. Minute steaks with gravy went to being baked chicken with rice. Mashed potatoes with sour cream transformed to a dish of steamed vegetables. Candied yams, somehow, became a serving of green beans. The deserts almost disappeared entirely. From time to time we would have a desert, but it was almost always a non sugar based desert.
While Diabetes affected my father's health drastically, it may have prevented three other family members from developing the condition. Our whole family had tested our blood sugar at some point in time after he was diagnosed. After we switched from our unhealthy eating habits, all of our sugar readings leveled out to the healthiest levels they could be. As time passed by, I joined the football team, basketball team and baseball team. I can remember eating team meals with the players and having so many other options that I did at home. At first I took advantage of this opportunity to indulge in less healthy foods, but came to realize I was probably in the shape I was in because of my father's Diabetic condition. I continued to eat healthy throughout my high school years and became a key starter on each of the athletic teams I was a member.
Although my athletic career didn't lead me to fame, nor fortune I still look back on those days and wonder if I would have even been a contender if my father had not been in the condition that he was. Our whole family was far more healthy than before just because one member had a disease. Diabetes is much easier to manage now with the advances in medical science, but it is key to remember that a healthy diet is necessary to fight this disease. While my father was never able to fight off the disease completely, I have heard of many that reverse the effects because of their diet and lifestyle. Don't be too quick to view this ailment as a curse, because in our case I believe it was a blessing in disguise. One member of a family of four suffered, but three others benefited from changing their diets to meet his needs. Thank you Dad.