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As a young boy, Hector witnesses the effects of diabetes and insulin as he cares for his diabetic mother by giving her insulin shots 3 times a day. He vowed never to become dependent on any type of shot to live. Watch and see in this inspiring video, how he copes with being both a pre-diabetic and a father to two children. This is Hector's story.
My name is Hector, born and raised here in Brooklyn. I have all the conditions of perhaps being a pre-diabetic due to my mother having diabetes when she conceived me and the fact that, you know, I'm borderline obese, you know, well a little bit chubby, you know, that gives me, you know, the go ahead to make sure that I monitor my diet.
My mom, you know, she's dependent on insulin three times a day. When she first started taking the insulin I was the one that was taught by the doctor to give her the shots. So I, myself, being the one giving her the shots early on, I said to myself, no way am I going to be dependent on any type of shots to keep me alive. So, some of the implications of having diabetes is, first you're exposed to any type of cut you might have - it would take a lot longer to heal.
You know, diabetics, they should go to a foot doctor to get their toenails cut because of the sensitivity of the disease and in terms if they cut themselves with a nail clipper, it might be a minor cut that they don't even feel themselves, but that over time could catch into an infection and thus into gangrene, but that's one of the major implications of having diabetes, other than, you know, your pancreas not, you know, producing insulin as needed.
You know, being mature, you know, and seeing the struggles that my mother has gone through with her battle with diabetes and now myself being a parent to a nine year old and a seven year old, we eat healthy. We're introducing a lot of greens into the house, having vegetables to at least eliminate the possibility of them being at risk for getting diabetes.