Myths and Facts about Diabetes


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Myth: Eating sugar causes diabetes.

Fact: Medical experts now know that diabetes is triggered by a combination of genetic and lifestyle factors. However, being overweight — which can result from indulging in high-calorie sugary foods — does increase your risk for developing type 2 diabetes. If your family members have diabetes then eating a healthy meal plan and getting regular exercise are recommended to manage your weight.

Myth: People with diabetes can’t enjoy any sweets or chocolate.

Fact: If a healthy meal plan is combined with exercise, sweets and desserts can be eaten by diabetic person. They are no more “off limits” to people with diabetes than they are to people without diabetes.

Myth: People with diabetes have to eat only special diabetic foods.

Fact: A healthy diet plan for people with diabetes is the same as that for everyone: low in fat moderate in salt & sugar, with meals based on whole-grain foods, fruit & vegetable. Diabetic and “dietetic” versions of sugar-containing foods offer no special benefit.

Myth: All diabetic person’s have to take insulin injections.

Fact: Injected insulin is usually only necessary for those with Type 1 diabetic persons, in which the body no longer produces it’s own insulin. Those with Type 2 diabetes generally have plenty of insulin, but their bodies don’t respond well for this. Few people with type 2 diabetes, do need diabetes pills or insulin shots to help their bodies use glucose for energy, if blood-glucose levels are poorly controlled. The most type 2 cases can be helped by losing weight, adopting a healthier diet, without medication, increasing exercise & other slight changes in day today’s lifestyle.

Myth: Diabetics have to stay away from the starchy foods like bread, potatoes and pasta.

Fact: Whole-grain breads, cereals, pasta, brown rice & starchy vegetables such as potatoes, peas, corn, yams are part of a healthy meal plan and can be included in your meals. These foods are high in complex carbohydrates which is also a good source of fiber, which helps to keep your gastrointestinal system running smoothly. Most people with diabetes should limit themselves to three or four servings of complex carbohydrates in a day. The key is portion size.

Myth: Only adults can be affected from Type 2 Diabetes.

Fact: Diabetes is one of the most common chronic diseases in school going children. About 1 in every 4 to 5 hundred children has type 1 diabetes, which was used to be called “Juvenile Diabetes,” which is caused by disruption of the panacea’s ability to produce insulin. However, in recent years more and more children and teens have become overweight & so increasing numbers of young people are being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

Myth: Type 2 Diabetes decreasing your energy and affects blood-sugar levels only.

Fact: Type 2 diabetes affects different organs of the body, including the cardiovascular system, leading to heart diseases or stroke; the eyes, which can result in conditions from Retinopathy, Neuropathy, The kidneys, which fail & require dialysis, the skin become prone to infections. Experts are predicting that, over the next 25 years, there will be

34 million heart attacks,

12 million strokes,

9 million new cases of blindness,

5 million kidney failures,

2 millions amputations and

60 million deaths — all linked to diabetes.

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