Diabetics should be at or near, or approaching a normal weight, eating a healthy diet, getting plenty of exercise, taking any prescribed medications, and testing their blood sugar frequently.
Why don’t all diabetics do that?
Sometimes they just don’t know what to do. Hopefully this website, the resources it mentions, and medical personnel in Belize can help with that.
But if they know what to do, and don’t do it, well, why not?
One of the major reasons diabetics, including those in Belize, don’t treat their disease properly is addiction. Whether others might call them addicts or not, if their use of alcohol, other drugs, food, or other substances or activities seems kind of like addiction, then we should consider addiction as a complicating factor.
Alcohol and other drugs make it more difficult to make healthy decisions about eating and treatment for diabetes. And especially where we find a Belizean citizen or resident who is a diagnosed diabetic but significantly overweight, there is a good chance that it’s because of addictive behavior.
We will give a few hints for diabetics to recognize eating addiction, and some starting information to help begin recovery that will also make living with diabetes less life-threatening.