Children and diabetes
Thirty seven percent of Kuwait’s children, expats and citizens, are diabetic, 82 percent of children are overweight or obese. This is a scary number, especially since it is issued by a concerned and specialized party in diabetes - Director of Dasman Diabetes Institute Dr Kazim Behbehani - in a press interview.
More than 25 percent of Kuwaiti children are diabetic and a large percentage are threatened to contract it if their families do not pay attention and change the pattern of their children’s way of life that spares them the scary repercussions of diabetes, difficulty in healing wounds and risks of limb amputations, if the disease develops into a stage that nothing can be rescued from it.
It is very necessary to have parents be vigilant towards their children from the early years to rescue them from a difficult fate that makes than (children) captive to insulin and its repercussions on public health, and the bouts of high and low sugar, especially with children who cannot comprehend all that. The child in his first years becomes a project of destruction to his health if parents do not take over the matter. The child eats what is in front of him or offered, but if they decide his path, then that will be his rescue from a dark fate.
I am surprised, with regret, with mothers and fathers who buy or order fatty fast food meals that are destructive to their children’s health, and they see them eat it with pleasure, along with the huge cans of soda with which they swallow the fatty bites. There are even those who reward their children with such meals, not realizing that they are throwing the children in the hell of disease in the future.
Awareness is very important for such type of parents, as well as educating children, while more important is to ban the sale of such meals in schools and replace them with healthy meals, and this is the duty of the education and health ministries. The child may get diabetes and his treatment is with insulin injections, but when he grows older, the issue goes beyond insulin, and he gets into the maze of kidney and eye diseases, wounds that are difficult to heal, and doctors are compelled sometimes to amputate a hand or leg to rescue the patient from gangrene that may devour all limbs. I do not mean to scare as much as I am keen on cautioning. Forgive me!