My dad, on the other hand, has a myriad of other health conditions. He's diabetic, has hypertension and fatty liver, had kidney stones blasted and an enlarged heart. He visits a number of specialists for each of these problems. One doctor he failed to visit for about a year, though, is his endocrinologist. So my dad decided to go see a new endocrinologist, of whom he heard so much nice things about.
Hearing the doctor tell us about genetics, current weight and how being born a heavy baby increases the risk of becoming diabetic scared me so much. She then emphasized the importance of a healthy diet and proper exercise. Fruits which are a no-no for my dad are chico, melon, lychees, starapple and longgan.
I did pick up some diet restrictions and instructions that I feel we would all benefit from, diabetes or no.
- Lessen the intake of fried and oily food
- Eat more fruits and vegetables
- Consume less refined sugars
- Have more good carbs
- Engage in proper exercise appropriate for your age, weight and condition/s
- Be as happy and stress-free as possible
Lastly, always consult your doctore before any changes in your diet or activity. Visit him (or her!) on a regular basis to monitor your health.