Not sure if anyone here saw the recent study showing a 30-fold!!! risk of cardiovascular disease in T1Ds who have early onset of the disease:
These are crazily high odds. (For those diagnosed at age 26 to 30, the odds are 3-fold higher – so being diagnosed young is just way worse for this particular complication)
And for us, it’s especially concerning as Samson was diagnosed when he was not yet 2-years-old. And on both sides of his family, heart disease is a big problem (my dad, his grandmother, grandfather and uncle).
While they think BG levels are certainly a factor, they don’t think that explains all of this increased risk.
I guess it’s reaffirming to me that we really need to be doing more to get Samson’s heart disease risk down now, while there’s lots of runway. WE need to be instilling good eating habits (veggies, unsaturated fats, fish, fiber, fruits, minimal processed foods) and we need to get him to love the kind of exercise that reduces cardiovascular risk.
But how? He’s 4. He’s picky. He eats a lot of cheese – mac n’ cheese, pizza, cheese sticks, and the like. He eats only 6 or 7 types of veggies and relatively few fruits. He doesn’t like hardly any fish except lox, sometimes. And while his brother loves running with mom, Samson’s physique and interests are more towards explosive, powerful movements like acrobatics or sprinting.
Does anyone have ideas how to get kids set up early to mitigate this risk? And for those who are older, how do you mitigate that risk?