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Daughter’s Backyard Garden Keeps Diabetes Away

  Karishma Kumar is a living testimony on what backyard gar­dening and consumption of fresh vegetables can achieve for those who have diabetes. A decision she reached and was committed
30 Aug 2018 10:00
Daughter’s Backyard Garden Keeps Diabetes Away
Aspire Network Executive Karishma Kumar outside Studio 6 on August 29, 2018. Photo: Swashna Chand

 

Karishma Kumar is a living testimony on what backyard gar­dening and consumption of fresh vegetables can achieve for those who have diabetes.

A decision she reached and was committed to 20 years ago to start healthy living from home because her par­ents are both diabetic is reap­ing rewards.

The Aspire Network execu­tive was a participant at the Second Non-Communicable Diseases and Diabetes Con­gress yesterday

Ms Kumar said that the best way to prevent amputa­tion from diabetes is to live a healthy lifestyle.

“We were spending about $500 to $600 on diabetic medication every week so we came up with the backyard gardening con­cept to produce more fresh veg­etables,” she said.

“Actually, this backyard gar­dening also encouraged my parents to go out and do some exercise which kept them fit.”

Ms Kumar said that from the time her parents started eating the home cultivated vegetables, they never went through com­plications in diabetes.

“I also started to post on Face­book for the young generation to see and practise the same thing I did for my parents,” she said.

“After my post, a lot of my friends on Facebook began to do backyard gardening and posted it up, this way it increas­es awareness.”

“Family members play a vital role when it comes to a person having diabetes.

“Both my parents feet got in­fected and they were told that there are chances of cutting off their toes, but we refused and I personally ensured that we nurse my parents at home,” she said.

Edited by Percy Kean

Feedback: swashna.chand@fijisun.com.fj

 


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