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Celebrate Father’s Day in Good Health

Father's Day

It’s time to celebrate fathers for the life they have given us and for their unique contribution to the family. To have a father who loves you and is involved in your life is priceless. So we wish a very heartfelt HAPPY FATHER’S DAY to all the Dad’s out there!

Here’s a gift you can give your dad if he struggles with high blood sugar, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, or is just trying to cut back on sugar and carbs to lose a little weight.

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Like Father Like Son? Maybe and Maybe Not

Does your father’s health condition cause you to worry about your own health? Especially if he has one of the conditions mentioned above you may be concerned about following in his footsteps. However, there’s a lot you can do to make the best of your genetics and compensate for any risk factors.

For better or worse, family traits are inherited. From physical likenesses to the way your body works to the way you think, there are elements that have been passed down through the generations. You may be very proud of some of your inherited traits and you may struggle with others.

Will You Inherit Diabetes?

Although there are genetic risk factors for diabetes, these alone do not determine the outcome. Learned lifestyles and personal choices are equally influential when it comes to your health. The role genes play in diabetes is a little complicated as there are many pathways to the disease. To learn more you may want to read this:

The Genetic Landscape of Diabetes

Laura Dean, MD and Jo McEntyre, PhD.

National Center for Biotechnology Information (US),

Father and son fishing in lakeNational Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD 20892-6510

Aside from genes, other risk factors include:

  • body mass index (BMI)
  • family history
  • high blood pressure
  • elevated triglycerides and cholesterol levels
  • history of gestational diabetes

Remember that risk factors alone do not determine that you will become diabetic. You have a great ability to influence how your genes are expressed and how they influence future generations.

Here’s What You Can Do

If you know you are at risk you can start to reduce that risk by cutting back on sugar and carbs and choosing nutrient dense foods instead. Exercise will also help, and if you are overweight shedding some pounds will reduce the risk even further.

SUGARDOWN® can help reduce the impact of carbs while you learn to include different foods in your diet. Learn more about how SUGARDOWN® works HERE. And be sure to check out some of our posts on increasing MOVEMENT and EXERCISE in your daily life.