Chil­dren and diabetes

Kuwait Times - - FROM THE ARABIC PRESS - By Iqbal Al-Ah­mad

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!

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