Stay Active, Healthy and Able to Enjoy your Grandchildren
by Rob Fischer
Those of us who grew up in the 50s and 60s enjoy a rich cultural heritage. Our legacy includes musicians like Elvis and the Beatles; classic cars like the ‘56 Chevy; and TV shows like Bonanza, Carol Burnette, and Leave it to Beaver. It’s fun to reflect on those good ol’ days!
Those were ground-breaking years from a culinary standpoint as well. Those of us in that age group experienced the introduction of Twinkies, Hostess Cupcakes, Wonder Bread, and instant foods like Macaroni and Cheese and Rice-A-Roni. We were deluged with TV dinners, soft drinks, candy, and fast food restaurants.
A bit like Beaver Cleaver, we approached life and food back then somewhat naively. No one seemed to ask or care, “What’s in this food and what will it do to us long-term?” We had Frosted Flakes for breakfast, Wonder Bread with peanut butter and jelly for lunch, and mac and cheese for supper. Little did we know what all those carbs and sugar were doing to us!
Fast forward to today and we find ourselves in the midst of a type 2 diabetes epidemic! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tell us, “At least 1 out of 3 people will develop type 2 diabetes in their lifetime.” 
Sure, we’ve come a long way in our eating habits. We no longer pack Twinkies as part of our lunch. We’ve also learned to avoid sugary cereals and white bread and have turned to whole grains instead. But for many of us the damage was already done and we’re still paying the price! We may already suffer from full blown diabetes, or not even know that we have prediabetes.
Some of the key risk factors for type 2 diabetes include:
- Being overweight
- High blood pressure
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Family history of diabetes
- Over 45 years old
Jerry Mathers, aka, “The Beaver,” confesses that all those high carb foods and some of these other factors caught up with him. In fact, following the success of Leave it to Beaver, Jerry bought a catering business and named it Cleaver’s Caterers. He specifically catered delicious delicacies to the rich and famous in Hollywood. Naturally, he personally ate what he sold to others, which led to significant weight gain.
Then one day at a routine checkup, his doctor diagnosed him with type 2 diabetes. Like so many other people with that diagnosis, Jerry could’ve just said, “Okay, give me a pill to take for my diabetes.” But Jerry didn’t like the idea of going on diabetes medicine. (Check out the article by Dr. Scott Saunders, MD to see why.)
Instead, Jerry asked his doctor about other alternatives. His doctor suggested that he lose weight for starters. Jerry’s type 2 diabetes diagnosis provided him with a loud and clear wake-up-call. So much so, that he sold his catering business to remove the temptation of all that rich, free food. Then, through diet and exercise Jerry initially lost 50 pounds.
Jerry’s weight loss, adhering to a sensible diet, and a regular routine of exercise reversed his type 2 diabetes and has kept it away since the late 80s. In a recent interview with Jerry, he expressed how grateful he is to be active, healthy and able to enjoy his grandchildren today.
And when our staff interviewed Jerry, he shared a very interesting fact about the producers of the television series, Leave it to Beaver. The material for every single episode featured an actual occurrence in the life of the producers’ children. In other words, those funny scenarios were not dreamed up by some script writer sitting behind a typewriter. All of those comical situations were forged in real life.
In some ways, making a nostalgic trip back in time can be a great step in the right direction for our health. Think back to the days before Twinkies and Frosted Flakes. We sat down to the dinner table together and ate whole foods: fruits, vegetables, meats, and fresh-baked homemade bread. Instead of sitting in front of the TV, we were outside playing, walking, and working. Type 2 diabetes was rare back then.
But if you or a loved one has been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes or prediabetes, you too can reverse your condition. And just like in Jerry’s case, you’ll need to make some specific lifestyle changes. Those changes may seem daunting at first, but looking back on them a few months or years from now, like Jerry, you’ll be so happy to be active, healthy and able to enjoy your grandchildren.
In one respect, Jerry Mathers had it much harder than you, because he had no one to show him exactly what to do. He didn’t know how to eat or how much exercise of what kind to do. He followed a simple plan that we at Barton Publishing have been heralding for years.
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Even if you’ve been on type 2 diabetes medication for years, it’s not too late. We’ve helped thousands of others like you reverse their type 2 diabetes.
When it comes to reversing your type 2 diabetes, leave it to Beaver to show you the way!
If you liked this article, then you’ll love these:
- Jerry Mathers’ Holiday Tips for Managing Type 2 Diabetes
- Why Obesity is Becoming An Epidemic
- Why Diabetes is Becoming Epidemic
Rob Fischer has been writing professionally for over 35 years. His experience includes writing curricula, study guides, articles, blogs, newsletters, manuals, workbooks, training courses, workshops, and books. Rob has written for numerous churches, for Burlington Northern Railroad, Kaiser Aluminum, and Barton Publishing. He has also trained managers in effective business writing. Rob holds two Master’s degrees, both focused heavily on writing. Rob has published eleven books and serves as an editor and ghostwriter for other authors.