Saturday, August 30, 2008

So far so good....

Claire is her normal self this morning! This would explain the high noise level in our home, but I am NOT complaining. I feel so blessed to be home this morning listening to the chaos and not contemplating evacuation like my good friend Emily in New Orleans! (Still praying for ya Em!) By the way, Emily is expecting their 4th little one soon. She never fails to amaze me with her amazing attitude! SO I thought I would use this lazy Saturday morning to give you a little info on Claire's health. Here is what little information I have been able to find.

Insulin resistance is a silent condition that increases the chances of developing diabetes and heart disease. Learning about insulin resistance is the first step you can take toward making lifestyle changes that will help you prevent diabetes and other health problems.
What does insulin do?
After you eat, the food is broken down into glucose, the simple sugar that is the main source of energy for the body's cells. But your cells cannot use glucose without insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas. Insulin helps the cells take in glucose and convert it to energy. When the pancreas does not make enough insulin or the body is unable to use the insulin that is present, the cells cannot use glucose. Excess glucose builds up in the bloodstream, setting the stage for diabetes.
Being obese or overweight affects the way insulin works in your body. Extra fat tissue can make your body resistant to the action of insulin, but exercise helps insulin work well.

If you have insulin resistance, your muscle, fat, and liver cells do not use insulin properly. The pancreas tries to keep up with the demand for insulin by producing more. Eventually, the pancreas cannot keep up with the body's need for insulin, and excess glucose builds up in the bloodstream. Many people with insulin resistance have high levels of blood glucose and high levels of insulin circulating in their blood at the same time.

Type 2 diabetes is sometimes defined as the form of diabetes that develops when the body does not respond properly to insulin, as opposed to type 1 diabetes, in which the pancreas makes no insulin at all. At first, the pancreas keeps up with the added demand by producing more insulin. In time, however, it loses the ability to secrete enough insulin in response to meals.
Insulin resistance can also occur in people who have type 1 diabetes, especially if they are overweight.
What causes insulin resistance?
Because insulin resistance tends to run in families, we know that genes are partly responsible. Excess weight also contributes to insulin resistance because too much fat interferes with muscles' ability to use insulin. Lack of exercise further reduces muscles' ability to use insulin.
Many people with insulin resistance and high blood glucose have excess weight around the waist, high LDL (bad) blood cholesterol levels, low HDL (good) cholesterol levels, high levels of triglycerides (another fat in the blood), and high blood pressure, all conditions that also put the heart at risk. This combination of problems is referred to as the metabolic syndrome, or the insulin resistance syndrome (formerly called Syndrome X).

So there you have it, this is pretty much all the info I have. If you will notice, no mention of children. There is NO information on children and insulin resistance. It is also very upsetting to me that everything I read makes it sound like if you have this condition it is because you are overweight and lazy. I KNOW that my child eats very healthy. She has always been a healthy eater and takes pride in the fact that she "chooses healthy choices!" She is also very active. Don't get me wrong, she watches TV and movies but she is not one to camp out for hours in a trance. She is in gymnastics, jumps on the trampoline and swims almost everyday. I KNOW all this. My family and friends know this, so I am having to stop myself from worrying about what everyone else thinks. I'm proud. I am proud that I listened to my heart and my gut. I'm proud that I fought for my daughter. I'm proud that she has a soft place to land when times are tough.

1 comment:

qiyin ` michelle said...

Hello. I was searching full-time mommy in blogger and I came across your profile. You're really beautiful! So are your kids. (: