Diabetes

Truths and Myths About Diabetes

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Denunk The Myths And Learn The Facts About Diabetes

Diabetes is a serious disease that has the power to claim limbs, such as an arm or foot, or even become fatal, but not everybody knows this to be a fact instead of myth. The truth is, diabetes is responsible for more American deaths each year than breast cancer and AIDS combined.

This potentially dangerous condition is surrounded by several other myths that need to be straightened out with cold, hard facts so that people such as you and I can have a better understanding of what it is, and the steps we can take to either prevent or manage it. By expanding our awareness, we can stop the spreading of these false facts and misunderstandings.

MYTH: All overweight or obese people eventually develop type 2 diabetes.
FACT: While being overweight or obese does increase an individual’s likelihood of developing diabetes, there are other contributing factors such as family history, age, and ethnicity that increase risks, and therefore does not guarantee the disease is inevitable.

MYTH: Consuming excessive sugar causes diabetes.
FACT: There is no clear-cut answer to this question. The onset of type 1 diabetes is caused by genetics and unknown factors. In type 2 diabetes patients, the cause is a result of their genetics and lifestyle.

Diets high in calories result in weight gain, and being overweight can contribute to developing type 2 diabetes.

Not surprisingly, sugary drinks have also been linked to type 2 diabetes and are recommended against by the American Diabetes Association as a preventive step against developing the disease.

Drinks to avoid include:

  • regular sodas
  • fruit juice
  • energy drinks
  • sports drinks
  • sweet tea
  • any other drinks high in sugar content

MYTH: People with diabetes must eat a special diabetic diet.
FACT: In general, a healthy meal plan for a diabetic looks the same as it would for anybody else. A healthy diet should be lean protein-based meals that are low in saturated and trans fats, with low to moderate salt and sugar intakes, vegetables low in starch, and plenty of healthy fats and fruits.

MYTH: If my doctor advises me to start taking insulin, it is because I am not properly managing the disease.
FACT: This is not necessarily true. Often, patients are able to manage their blood glucose levels fairly easily, but over time, the body begins making less of its own insulin, and therefore stabilizing blood glucose levels becomes difficult with just oral medications. That in turn leads to the prescription of insulin injections.

This list only covered a few myths regarding diabetes. There are many more that you can learn about by asking your physician or researching information online. It is important to cease the spreading of these myths in order to be better able to manage and treat this common and critical condition.