Connect the dots: Diabetes, bell ringing and dogs
There is so much information to share. Here are three unrelated topics, each valuable at this time of the season: diabetes prevention, Salvation Army buckets;and foods that can kill your dog.
During National Diabetes Month, efforts around the world are raising awareness of this epidemic. Globally, this disease is affecting people at an alarming rate. In fact in some countries diabetes has surpassed HIV/AIDS as the illness taking the most lives.
Education is centered on prevention. Genetics plays a role, as well as environment and life style. The most difficult thing to overcome in preventing diabetes is helping people realize that a life style change is necessary to avoid dealing with diabetes.
As you visit family and friends over the holidays, consider the fact that you may be the best person in someone’s life to prevent diabetes. Researchers revealed that people with unhealthy life styles attract others and even encourage habits in others.
Overeating and inactivity can lead to prediabetes and diabetes. As Christmas approaches, encourage those around you to get more active and control portion sizes of food and drinks.
One way to get more exercise is to volunteer to ring bells for the local Salvation Army. This organization provides food, shelter and relief to people in need. To whom much is given, much is expected. If you have much, give more. They need money but if all you have to give is energy give it to bell ringing and help the Salvation Army and yourself.
There are holiday foods that actually can kill your dog. Turkey skin tops the list because of the high fat content. This could lead to pancreatitis, which involves vomiting, pain and a very sick dog.
Cooked turkey and ham bones are too brittle to be chewed because they can splinter and eventually puncture Fido’s intestinal tract. Hide the bones in the garbage; they are extremely tempting for trash can divers and could send you and your pooch to the veterinarian.
Onions and garlic contain sulfides which are poisonous to dogs. Cooking does not reduce their toxicity. Even though many dogs love the taste of beer; drinking could pose to be a problem for your pupdogs. Their systems do not know what to do with alcohol and it is toxic. If you have a dog that does drink beer, contact AA for dogs and be glad that he has not died of alcohol poisoning.
Macadamia nuts are dangerous and could lead to vomiting, tremors and deadly shock. Nutmeg is linked to seizures in dogs. Pumpkin and sweet potatoes are healthy foods for your dogs but without the nutmeg.
Sage is popular in stuffing and could cause vomiting. We all know that chocolate is a no-no for dogs. Raw dough and batter could be an extreme problem for your dog. Keep your furkids safe this holiday season.
Diabetes, bell ringing and dogs, what a combination for a column; I usually tie everything together. How’s this: Keep your dogs healthy so that they can accompany you on a walk to control blood sugars, then call the local Salvation Army to sign up for bell ringing to help others.
Bobbie Randall is a certified diabetes educator and a registered, licensed dietitian. She supervises a diabetes self-management training program at Aultman-Orrville Hospital, Orrville. Contact her at email@example.com or 330–684-4776.