I’ve been watching my daughter’s diet lately because she’s gaining a lot of weight since we moved to our new place. While I have no problem with her being chubby, I worry more about the implications of it on her health.
We’ve been reminded a million times that being overweight can lead to obesity and obesity can cause a lot of health complications like heart attack because of the build up of fats around the heart, high blood pressure that can lead to stroke and/or diabetes.
While you think it is an easy task to watch my daughter’s diet, there’s a dilemma I worry about as well. You see, when she lost weight because I put her on a strict diet her sodium level went critically low and we had to rush her to the ER that almost cost her life.
Now that I ease up a bit on her diet she is now gaining a lot of weight. This makes me worry about obesity that can lead to heart problems or even diabetes.
Type 2 Diabetes
You see, there are two types of diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2. When you have type 1 diabetes, your body produces very little or no insulin, which means that you need daily insulin injections to maintain blood glucose levels under control. When you have type 2 diabetes, your body does not make good use of the insulin that it produces and the cornerstone of type 2 diabetes treatment is a healthy lifestyle, including increased physical activity and a healthy diet.
According to National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases here are the symptoms to watch out for to assume you have Type 2 Diabetes and immediately consult a doctor for proper diagnosis:
- increased thirst and urination
- increased hunger
- blurred vision
- numbness or tingling in the feet or hands
- sores that do not heal
- unexplained weight loss
If you checked a lot of the boxes above immediately tell your family and consult a doctor. If you worry about visiting a hospital or clinic during the pandemic, you can visit https://www.sanofi.ph. Sanofi is strongly committed to be one with every Filipino family affected by Diabetes by promoting overall wellness (proper nutrition, physical activity, proper healthcare, check-ups, treatments. Sanofi believes that diabetes care should be as personalized for every individual and every type. Your Type.
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They have a patient support program called Empower which will guide patients through their journey, provide them diabetes education and give them an online blood glucose diary access. This will help improve patient adherence and bring them towards a better life with diabetes.
Through Sanofi’s Panata ng Pamilya programs, we have better understanding on disease management beyond treatment and medicine. We have an opportunity to learn more about Diabetes through Healthier/PH sessions and partnerships with parenting & health organizations like The Asian Parent’s FamHealthy & BayanihanMD.
These kinds of webinars are important so you and your family members will have the ability to self-monitor and improve your lifestyle along with your family. Remember no man is an island, it takes a village to get through diabetes and a healthy lifestyle. We are all committed to ensuring that our family is safe and healthy at all times. And as the cornerstone of the family, Sanofi believes especially in empowering us in helping navigate our family’s health journey towards a healthier Philippines! #PanatangPamilya #PanatangSanofi #HealthierPhilippines.