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Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Opting out of WALL•E's world

But diabetes is anything but minor. It wreaks havoc on the entire body, affecting everything from hearing and vision to sexual function, mental health and sleep. It is the leading cause of blindness, amputations and kidney failure, and it can triple the risk for heart attack and stroke.

“It is a disease that does have the ability to eat you alive,” said Dr. John B. Buse, a professor at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine who is the diabetes association’s president for medicine and science. “It can be just awful — it’s almost unimaginable how bad it can be.”
Read the article for more bad news. The good news: it's largely preventable*. The sad news: It's becoming much more common.

Parents: If you love your kids- feed them right. You CAN control what your kids eat. If you fail to do so they won't be thanking you for all the treats when they are diagnosed with diabetes in 20 years.

*Type 2 diabetes. Other types are not, but type 2 is the type that is reaching epidemic proportions in the US. Causes: Too many calories, not enough movement. Take your kids to see WALL•E and then tell them- we're not going to let that happen to you!

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