17 year old Kiesha Holmes has been living with type two diabetes for 6 years, "I was 11 years old at diagnosis," she says. "I was shocked. "
Brought on by a poor diet, Kiesha is part of an alarming group of kids across East Texas who are being diagnosed with "type two" in droves. ETMC nurse and diabetic specialist, Marie Taylor, says it's not uncommon to see children as young as 6 years old getting this disease. A disease she says is preventable.
We need to exercise. And that's exactly what Kiesha now must do to control her diabetes. She's since lost 40 pounds in 3 years. Diabetes has forced her to learn a healthier lifestyle, starting with food, "You can't eat junk food and I was a junk food eater."
To prevent type two diabetes: eat smaller and healthier food portions, along with lowering carbohydrate intake. Working out at least 30 minutes a day; five days a week. Simple yet crucial keys to preventing type two diabetes. Something Kiesha is having to re-learn, "You can't have candy," she says.
If left untreated, adult or juvenile diabetes can lead to serious complications such as heart disease, circulation problems, kidney failure and blindness.