Thursday, October 27, 2011


In our old belief,  it is usually believed that the offspring of both diabetic parents has no chance to become diabetic too.  In effect, this perception tends to be compelling factor to the offspring exploit the sweet intakes.  Because they believe that there is no way they’ll have diabetes, then consuming foods like chocolates, dessert, soft drinks, rice, and junk foods is foolhardy.  However, the question of if both parents are diabetics are their children will not have chance of getting diabetes was clarified and re-answered in the recent research.  The answer is no, your chances are not 100%.  Actually, most likely they are better than 50%.  You don’t have a hundred per cent chance of getting diabetes because in reality, you probably have just a slim chance of getting diabetes at all.  If your parents are type-I diabetic, then most likely you’ll not have diabetes too but of course if you are overweight and inactive, then you do have a chance of developing type-II diabetes.  Now, if your parents are type II diabetics then you do have an increased risk of developing type II diabetes.  Aside from quite weighty and stagnant lifestyle, excessive alcohol consumption and smoking adds to risk if you have a family history of type II diabetes.

It is important to remember that diabetes is hereditary disease; you would just need a trigger to actually affect you.  It is in the genes – if your parents are both diabetic, then the chance of your developing diabetes is just far better than others.  You have to consider also that not because you have less chance of diabetes means you are immune to get other illness that you can get from sweets.  Do not be complacent and act feeling healthy.  Do not relay in blood chemistry test because there other ways of testing your health.  Addiction to sweets and fats doesn’t only lead you to diabetes.  It can also contribute to obesity and heart failure which cannot find through blood chemistry but through electrocardiogram (ECG).

Sweets are major contributor to obesity.  In general impression, overweight and obesity are “unhealthy” however, not because you are overweight or obese mean you are not healthy – wrong.  If a heavy person has normal blood pressure, their total cholesterol and glucose levels are normal, then they are healthy indeed.   However, weighing too much may increase your risk to develop many health problems.  Most common is the type-II diabetes which is most often associated with old age, obesity, family history of diabetes and physical inactivity.  Here, the coronary heart disease and stroke which caused when your arteries become hardened and narrowed because of your fats.

Another is the metabolic syndrome which is strongly linked to overweight due to especially abdominal obesity.  The excess fat around the abdomen carries higher risks.  Sleep apnea is another health problem which means a condition where the person stops breathing for short periods because they have stored more fats around their neck which makes the airway smaller and can cause inflammation in the neck, resulting to difficulty in breathing and snoring.

Another is osteoarthritis which is common joint disorder that affects the joints in hips, lower back knees to wear away because of the extra weight place extra pressure on these joints.   Gallbladder disease causes abdominal pain which happens when the cholesterol of an overweight infects the gallbladder.  And the fatty liver disease which occurs when the fat builds up in the liver cell and causes damage, injury and inflammation in the liver and block the blood flow in the liver.

My mother developed her diabetes in later years.  She has no diabetic parents but she acquired her diabetes through food intakes.  We only realized later how fond she was in preparing desert foods and remembered her sweet taste in foods, fruits, coffee and in all deserts during the past years.  I want to remind everyone to watch their food intakes and take care their health by controlling food just because you can afford to have delectable food, and analyze your standard of occasional “good” food that we are taking for granted.

By Alex V. Villamayor
(Based from a medical report)
October 27, 2011

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