"His blood sugars are on borderline. You need to control his eating habits and get him out of the house for some physical activities or else he will end up a diabetic." A sense of fear spread through my spine that left me breathless. I looked in horror into the pediatrician's face. I did not expect this when I took my son to the doctor's office that summer.
I was oblivious to what was happening with my son until one day at dinner I noticed his double chin. I was aware of his weight gain before that, but did not really pay attention. I thought he deserved rest after his long days at school and tutoring. I took my son for a physical two days later. The doctor said his weight gain was because of his hormonal imbalance. She said this is common at age 13 but because I was diabetic, sent him to the labs for complete blood work. It turned out his HbA1c was slightly higher than normal. I was flabbergasted with the news.
The next day was a holiday. I took him to the library park for a lunch picnic. As we lay on the sheets under a huge oak tree I explained to him the complications of diabetes. I told him about my ordeals on a daily basis in balancing and controlling my blood sugars. I told him about the genes we inherited all the medicines and insulin I took daily. He listened carefully. I was hurting for to have to explain to a pre-teen about how to control his eating. At that age he shouldn't be thinking about these things, but it was necessary for him to be aware of the circumstances he might face one day if he did not follow proper diet, nutrition and exercise. We made a deal of going on a nutritious diet and exercising together.
At first, he was frustrated with the fact that he had to limit his intake of sugary products, snacks and sodas. I remained indifferent. I prayed if I gave him sensible guidance he should be able to gain control of his health. We read the labels on every food product we bought.
At times, he was very bitter. Eventually, my patience paid off. He started paying attention to the nutrition facts on everything he ate.