6 Common Myths and Misconceptions About Diabetes

medlabz - 25 Mar 2017
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6 Common Myths and Misconceptions About Diabetes

1. Diabetes is not that serious. In fact, diabetes causes more deaths than breast cancer and HIV/AIDS combined. Still, people with type 2 diabetes—the most common form of the disease—may go a long while, even years, before being diagnosed because they may downplay their symptoms or write them off to other causes. So if you are making frequent trips to the bathroom at night; experience extreme thirst, overwhelming fatigue, or blurry vision; or notice that you keep getting infections, ask your doctor to test you for diabetes. An early diagnosis can help ward off complications.

2. Eating too much sugar causes diabetes. Certainly, anybody will benefit from eating less sugar…because it is not a nutrient-dense ingredient. Simply eating too much sugar does not cause diabetes.

3. Being overweight causes diabetes. Just because a person gains weight doesn’t mean they are going to get type 2 diabetes. Having a body mass index over 25 is just one of several risk factors for diabetes, but there are many overweight people who don’t ever get the disease. Still, being obese—having a body mass index of 30 or more—is considered to be a major risk factor, and the increase seen in diabetes diagnoses has coincided with a dramatic increase in obesity.

4. Having diabetes means you must eat foods that are different from everyone else’s. People with diabetes don’t need to follow a restricted diet but instead should try to follow the same healthful eating guidelines as everyone else, including choosing foods that are lower in fat, higher in nutrients, and contain an appropriate amount of calories. Everyone needs to be eating healthier. And if you haven’t followed healthy eating habits before now, getting tested for diabetes is a good wake-up call to make positive changes.

5. A diabetes diagnosis means you automatically need insulin. That’s the case with type 1 diabetes but not with type 2 diabetes. In some cases, proper diet, exercise, and oral medications, if needed, can keep type 2 diabetes under control for some time before insulin becomes necessary. The key is to make a lifestyle change. That means no smoking, more healthful eating habits, and regular exercise.

6. Only older people get diabetes. These days, children as young as age 5 are being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. That’s a big change from 20 or 30 years ago. When a child or adolescent was diagnosed back then “you could be almost 100 percent sure that he or she had type 1,” which is also known as insulin-dependent diabetes or juvenile diabetes. Not anymore. To help prevent diabetes in children, parents should try to encourage good habits for the entire family. That means less video game and TV time, more physical activity, less junk food, and smaller portions.

Taken from USN

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