By REGINA KEILERS
The Fayette County Record
Diabetes – a disease that causes high blood sugar levels: yes. A disease that affects over 300 million people worldwide: yes. A disease that only affects people who are overweight: no. While being overweight can increase your chances of developing diabetes, you don’t have to be overweight to develop it. It is a disease that creeps up on people. In my dad’s family, there were multiple cases of diabetes, (I think all of his brothers and sisters had it at some level.) His mother died at age 49 from complications related to her diabetes, so I have been on the lookout for it to affect me. My mother, on the other hand, has no history of diabetes in her family. She has always been a tiny person, able to eat whatever she wanted– with no repercussions. Her highest weight was about 125 lbs. and that’s when she checked into the hospital to deliver me! Well, that is not the case any more.