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Jaspreet Singh   
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Hello Arpita. Let us give you a brief about the kinds of diabetes that exist. As you must be aware, Type 1 is an auto immune disorder which occurs when cells which produce insulin are almost dead. Having this disorder, you are abreast with the fact that insulin is mandatory. This type is natural and we can't do anything to prevent it. Type 2 is preventable which could be cured with a proper and healthy lifestyle. For this, one has to maintain weight. Children with obesity have to be taken care of as they are the prime victims to it. They indulge and crave junk food and often tend to eat out. Being a parent, you have to make sure your kids remain active and follow a healthy regime. They have to maintain a healthy lifestyle where they get ample sleep, for nearly 7-8 hours daily. Don't restrict their diets completely, let them indulge - but in moderation. Let them remain physically active and mentally calm. Make them delicious healthy snacks at home. Let aside all those unhealthy snacks, and bring home healthy munchies which will fill appetite and satisfy their taste. Instead of fried snacks, bake them nuggets or saute vegetables. Make them whole wheat pancakes. Instead of samosas from outside, cook them at home as they're healthier and completely off trans-fat. Keep aside the potato fillings and instead get peas, corn, spinach, paneer and other vegetables. Use olive oil and instead of maida, get mixed oats whole wheat. Get an air fryer, and make use of your oven and microwave more than frying pan. Maintain their intake of water and keep it to 8-10 glasses a day. Keep your kitchen and fridge filled with fruits and snacks full of fibre, soya katoris, chana, roasted items, yoghurt, etc. Make burgers at home, use less cream and multi grain buns. Make sure they eat tofu, paneer and a lot of protein to build muscle as they're in a growing age. Don't put extra butter or ghee or such in their food as they already get sufficient nutrients from other items. We observe how kids are drawn to gadgets and junk food. Being gadget centric, they lose touch with outdoor activity. Keep them active and engage them in sports, go with them as it could help even your blood sugar. Be a friend to your kids. Don't make them feel burdened due to your ailment. Make them delicious food at home; take down recipes which are kid friendly. Bringing such a healthy lifestyle would help you as well. Any lifestyle which has diet, exercise delays any sort of diseases. Thus, by helping them, you’re also helping yourself!

Hello Shanaya, we empathise with your concern. Unfortunately, this happens with quite a lot of people and they find it difficult to deal with it. Many find diabetes a hassle, unable to make their families understand its complications, but this is not the case. With proper lifestyle management, anything is possible and the ‘hassle’ can be turned into a comfortable lifestyle. The main objective you must follow is to be strong willed and mentally calm. People might not understand that diabetics require medical attention as well as a healthy and comfortable environment. The foremost thing you must look into is talking it out and creating awareness. Take your family to the doctor’s and make them understand the implications of diabetes, if not taken care of properly. Once they visit the doctor, they will be convinced and will realize the importance of healthy living, and thus not say that you're projecting drama. It's important to make them realize that sugar levels have to be kept under check. If the sugar levels get altered, be it hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia, other medical conditions will follow. This might get a little detrimental to the family environment. They need to be made aware of the fact that having diabetes is far from being a 'drama', it's a disease you have had since a very long time. It requires calm and comforting settings. Therefore it is important that you take utmost care of your lifestyle. Approach your spouse and tell him how you feel. Be vocal about everything and ask politely for help. Buy newspaper articles, magazines, cds, dvds or make your family watch videos on YouTube about diabetes. Visuals always spikes interests and would help in making them understand complications and importance. Though you can’t force them, take everything lightly and keep your mental levels calm. Whatever they say, and whenever they go against you, listen patiently and let it go, no matter how hard it gets. They will realize this on their own. You could also get in touch with diabetes support groups which would help in getting your thoughts and emotions out. Venting out your problems is a must and if you aren't able to do this at home, what better way to be vocal than with people who are also going through what you are. They would uplift your mood and help you better than anyone else. Thus, remember to try convincing, but if unable to, keep your mind strong and don't give in to their harsh statements.

Hello Arpita. Let us give you a brief about the kinds of diabetes that exist. As you must be aware, Type 1 is an auto immune disorder which occurs when cells which produce insulin are almost dead. Having this disorder, you are abreast with the fact that insulin is mandatory. This type is natural and we can't do anything to prevent it. Type 2 is preventable which could be cured with a proper and healthy lifestyle. For this, one has to maintain weight. Children with obesity have to be taken care of as they are the prime victims to it. They indulge and crave junk food and often tend to eat out. Being a parent, you have to make sure your kids remain active and follow a healthy regime. They have to maintain a healthy lifestyle where they get ample sleep, for nearly 7-8 hours daily. Don't restrict their diets completely, let them indulge - but in moderation. Let them remain physically active and mentally calm. Make them delicious healthy snacks at home. Let aside all those unhealthy snacks, and bring home healthy munchies which will fill appetite and satisfy their taste. Instead of fried snacks, bake them nuggets or saute vegetables. Make them whole wheat pancakes. Instead of samosas from outside, cook them at home as they're healthier and completely off trans-fat. Keep aside the potato fillings and instead get peas, corn, spinach, paneer and other vegetables. Use olive oil and instead of maida, get mixed oats whole wheat. Get an air fryer, and make use of your oven and microwave more than frying pan. Maintain their intake of water and keep it to 8-10 glasses a day. Keep your kitchen and fridge filled with fruits and snacks full of fibre, soya katoris, chana, roasted items, yoghurt, etc. Make burgers at home, use less cream and multi grain buns. Make sure they eat tofu, paneer and a lot of protein to build muscle as they're in a growing age. Don't put extra butter or ghee or such in their food as they already get sufficient nutrients from other items. We observe how kids are drawn to gadgets and junk food. Being gadget centric, they lose touch with outdoor activity. Keep them active and engage them in sports, go with them as it could help even your blood sugar. Be a friend to your kids. Don't make them feel burdened due to your ailment. Make them delicious food at home; take down recipes which are kid friendly. Bringing such a healthy lifestyle would help you as well. Any lifestyle which has diet, exercise delays any sort of diseases. Thus, by helping them, you’re also helping yourself!

Hello Shanaya, we empathise with your concern. Unfortunately, this happens with quite a lot of people and they find it difficult to deal with it. Many find diabetes a hassle, unable to make their families understand its complications, but this is not the case. With proper lifestyle management, anything is possible and the ‘hassle’ can be turned into a comfortable lifestyle. The main objective you must follow is to be strong willed and mentally calm. People might not understand that diabetics require medical attention as well as a healthy and comfortable environment. The foremost thing you must look into is talking it out and creating awareness. Take your family to the doctor’s and make them understand the implications of diabetes, if not taken care of properly. Once they visit the doctor, they will be convinced and will realize the importance of healthy living, and thus not say that you're projecting drama. It's important to make them realize that sugar levels have to be kept under check. If the sugar levels get altered, be it hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia, other medical conditions will follow. This might get a little detrimental to the family environment. They need to be made aware of the fact that having diabetes is far from being a 'drama', it's a disease you have had since a very long time. It requires calm and comforting settings. Therefore it is important that you take utmost care of your lifestyle. Approach your spouse and tell him how you feel. Be vocal about everything and ask politely for help. Buy newspaper articles, magazines, cds, dvds or make your family watch videos on YouTube about diabetes. Visuals always spikes interests and would help in making them understand complications and importance. Though you can’t force them, take everything lightly and keep your mental levels calm. Whatever they say, and whenever they go against you, listen patiently and let it go, no matter how hard it gets. They will realize this on their own. You could also get in touch with diabetes support groups which would help in getting your thoughts and emotions out. Venting out your problems is a must and if you aren't able to do this at home, what better way to be vocal than with people who are also going through what you are. They would uplift your mood and help you better than anyone else. Thus, remember to try convincing, but if unable to, keep your mind strong and don't give in to their harsh statements.