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Diabetes is rampant in First Nation communities. It's no different in Nishnawbe Aski territory. What are you doing to avoid getting diabetes?

Wed, 2009-02-25 00:40

I have this disease and

I have this disease and when I first found out about it I went to a diabete's clinic and was told some really surprising news. What I was told was that diabetes is a disease you inherit from your parents I believe this to be true because both my mom and dad had it as well as my grand parents on both sides and everyone of my brothers and sisters. I hear doctors telling people to go out and go for a walk every day excersize Bull I had done this everyday of my life both before and after I found out I had it sure it brought my glucose down right it almost killed me one morning  it dropped to 1.9

I also eat a very controlled diet tastes like saw dust and I'am always hungry of course I love to eat especially at Christmas ,easter new Years, and thanksgiving you know national Turkey days

Wed, 2009-02-25 16:03

Wawatay News asked the

Wawatay News asked the Sioux Lookout Diabetes Program to respond to this comment. Here is what they sent us:

Type 1 Diabetes

  • Pancreas (organ in body) does not produce any insulin and therefore the individual must give the hormone themselves, via injection 2-4 times a day.

Type 2 Diabetes

  • Pancreas works, but sometimes does not produce enough insulin or the insulin it makes your body does not use it properly. The person must modify diet and exercise and sometimes need to take medications (metformin, glyburide).
  • Our risk factors that we can't modify include: family history (genetics), carrying the Alpha 1H gene, mother had GDM.
  • our risk factors that we can modify are diet and exercise.

In both types of diabetes we want our blood sugars to stay between 4-7mmol before a meal. As part os healthy diabetes management eat according to Eating Well with Canada's Food Guide.

Exercise is important in your diabetes management. Try to exercise daily for a minimum of 30 minutes up to 150 minutes. Make sure it is an activity that gets your heart rate up.

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