Diabetic Girl Drops 27 Lbs In 5 Months After Simple Lifestyle Changes And Consistent Family Support
August 12, 2019 14:34 By Fabiosa
The frequency of diabetes is rising around the world, and studies are showing children are at increasing risk of developing the disease.
Diabetes in children
Over time, diabetes can damage the heart, blood vessels, eyes, kidneys and nerves - causing chronic problems and early death.
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There are multiple forms of diabetes but the two most common forms are called type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Both forms can occur at any age, but a child is more likely to be diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.
Simple diet can help
When Marla Frazer's little daughter kept piling on weight for the last two years, the mother began to worry if she had been feeding her wrong.
When Melanie complained about being tired from walking and started to snore when she was sleeping and wheeze when she tried to breathe normally, the mother realized that those were signs of diabetes.
Mum Marla Frazer knew they had to start living and eating healthy.
“She also couldn’t keep up with other kids on the playground, showing signs of diabetes and was already getting teased. As a mom I felt so guilty and sorry for her at the same time,”
- Melanie’s mother wrote in her post.
She documented her little girl's mission to lose weight on her Facebook, sharing every detail - from what she ate to her exercise routine.
Melanie was 95 lbs on day one of the journey, and was filmed looking unhappy on the weighing scales.
Less carbs and more cardio, however, helped to change the girl's life. During her 20-week transformation, Melanie ditched the junk food and used healthy eating as well an exercise plan, which included roller skating, trampolining and swimming - as well as playing outside - in her mission to lose the extra weight.
Moreover, the whole family decided to support Melanie in her struggle with excessive weight.
The mother said:
“I keep saying we because we did it as a family. Everyone ate and drank the same thing…total house support,”
Well, the results were absolutely worth it! After just over four months, Melanie was 31kilos, which was a remarkable drop of 27 .
All in all, the mom and the daughter did a great job!
Tips for managing your child diabetes
To help your child with diabetes parents should:
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- Acknowledge your child's feelings
- Encourage an active and healthy lifestyle
- Help kids find their strengths
- Get help when you need it.
When the whole family works as a team to help overcome your chid's disease the results can be great!