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I'm a baby boomer, and a significant number of people in my generation have type 2 diabetes. As we've discussed before, here, lifestyle choices — along with age and heredity — can be predisposing factors for developing type 2 diabetes. Might the generation in which you grew up have a major impact on your chances of developing type 2 diabetes? Let's take a brief look at general descriptions of a few generations.
The baby boomer generation is known to be a bit self-centered, and subsequent generations have gotten used to immediate satisfaction from parents, technology, and society. It seems patience is a lost virtue today. Many people don't want to wait for anything and need instant gratification in all areas of life. Consider the following common choices that can inhibit diabetes management.
The marshmallow experiment is a well-known experiment conducted by Walter Mischel at Stanford University in the 1960s. The experiment evaluated impulse control in a group of 4-year-olds. The children were given a marshmallow and promised another if they could wait 20 minutes before eating the first one. Some children could wait; others couldn't. Researchers followed the children into adolescence, and those with the ability to wait were better adjusted and scored higher in aptitude tests.
What do you think? Are there any valid points in my thought process today? Do you think generational influence plays a role in managing your diabetes?
Have a great week,
Nancy Klobassa Davidson, R.N.
Peggy Moreland, R.N.
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Your thoughts are well taken. In my humble opinion, you delineate generations fairly and offer insights that many (most) people would be wise to reflect on. As you suggest, much can be gained through patience indeed. Personally I feel my patience has declined, even as I have matured, since my childhood. Born in 1975, the world has changed but valuing haste/speed is unabashed. Somehow valuing conversation skill, " human time " is impacted by "devices" I confess time spent with my children seems remarkably different from my memories of childhood growing up...
Thanks & best to you in 2014!!
I too am a Boomer, diagnosed with Type 2 some 30 years ago. I am quite healthy although insulin is not helping with weight. Self-control is sometimes missing when there is too much temptation, but eating healthy most of the time and maybe just taking a taste helps with immediate satisfaction. Everyone has triggers and learning what they are goes a long way toward control over the eating situation. More preparation for situations is the best advice and not beating oneself up when not adhereing to the plan helps self-esteem.
I'm a type 2 baby boomer having been a type 2 for about 25 years. I probably control my diabetes better than those relatives before me, which is not saying much at all. It's taken me a long time to 'get it' as far as knowing what to do, and then actually be able to do it consistently.
I am a constant work in motion in my attempts to stay on the straight and narrow as I often fall victim to not eating healthy/eating sweets, etc. I know I can 'feel' it whether I'm good or not so good. Hopefully, it will not be the thing to do me in!
BTW, the description above seems to be a good fit for me.
I'm a model 1956 and have type 2
I guess my IQ is low because I dont have a single clue of what marshmallows as to do with anything in my life (I hate the things).
As the magic pill is concern one can only dream ¤¤¤¤¤¤
The number one factor influencing my husband in his control of his diabetes is a strong will to live. He is a babyboomer born extremely premature, healthy all his life, then developed late-onset Type 1 diabetes, initially misdiagnosed as Type 2. Vigilance in blood testing, carb counting and healthy eating are at the top of his priorities list.
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