As we celebrated Children’s day, actress Aishwarya Sakhuja who was earlier diagnosed with Diabetes Type 2 & made lifestyle changes has an important message for parents this year.
14 November is also the day we also celebrate World Diabetes Day & the Saas Bina Sasural actress feels the urge to spread awareness around the disease that has slowly creeped its way into our lives & now even affecting children.
‘ The frequency of diabetes is rising around the world, and studies show that children are at an increasing risk of developing the disease. Over time, diabetes can damage the heart, blood vessels, eyes, kidneys and nerves, causing chronic problems. As a diabetes warrior myself, I’m not an expert but I’d say well researched about the condition & I strongly feel, parents today to have their kids take a biannual full body checkup as the environment we now live in is a huge contributor to the problem. Be it the usage of plastic, different cookware, adulterated food.’
Aishwarya highlights some important insights & symptoms that the primary caregiver of the child should keep an eye for,
‘Some of the symptoms include excessive thirst, unexplained weight loss, excessive urination (the urine would smell funny), fruity breath & fatigue. If your child is showing any of these symptoms, it is important you get the child’s Hba1c checked. There is another test called the C peptide test which is imperative as it will define what kind of diabetes has affected the child.’
The actress herself was diagnosed with Diabetes & with lifestyle changes & healthy habits has kept it in check & controlled, she suggests getting the right support,
‘While attending these workshops & being a part of the support groups not only will it help you gather knowledge from other people’s experiences but will also give that comforting feeling that you & your child are not alone. A child will not be able to understand why he or she can’t have the cookies their friend is indulging in hence it is important to attend workshops where you will get to interact with people who are in the same boat as you. Injecting your little one can be painful and emotionally challenging but sooner you and your child get over the fear of needles, the better it is.’