|Blue for Diabetes Awareness Month - Walking with my T1D son|
Last weekend our family participated in a Diabetes Walk in Abu Dhabi. It received a lot of publicity, so when my son heard about it on the radio, he was eager to go.
At this age, I am never quite sure what the message at these events might be, and how that will register with a young child. I want him to understand his disease is serious if not managed well, but yet not something that would ever keep him from achieving anything. We are very matter of fact with him about life, but yet we do not want him to worry unnecessarily either.
The day before the walk I started prepping my son in case there was a heavy focus on Type 2. I did not want him to misunderstand his disease, nor did I want him to feel left out, if that makes sense.
When I explained that Type 2 was a big problem for the UAE and the region, of course he asked why. I stated the obvious - not enough people are exercising and they have an unhealthy lifestyle. There are unfortunately a large number of fast food chains that have opened here in the last few years, and this acquired taste for that food is not helping.
He thought for a few minutes. Then, as he always does, he found the answer. "Yes mommy. They should eat more slow foods!"
In the end, I did not need to worry as the walk did not really focus on Type 2 as I expected. It was very well organized, but more about 21,000 plus people heading out to the F1 race track to have a nice 3K walk to promote general fitness. While I do wish there was a little more focus on diabetes, the organization achieved their goal in creating a "fun" way to draw attention to the need to exercise and stay fit.
And as an added bonus, I get to teach my sun about sustainable, local farming and fresh food!