• The Myths of Diabetes

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    Diabetes nowadays is a common disease and it is caused by many things, but do you really know the right cause of it?  Try reading this and know the facts and Myths of Diabetes.

    We learn something new every day, whether it is from a friend, the news, or even from watching our favorite show at night. In the world we live in today, information gets passed around really fast, but sometimes the new learned information is far from the actual truth. When it comes to our well-being or any health-related issue, we want to make sure what we are learning is a fact and not just a myth. Health-related misconceptions can become a big problem, and might actually cause harm to our health.


    According to the American Diabetes Association, about 26 million people, children and adults, in the United States have diabetes, with 1.9 million new diagnoses each year. Although it is such a prevalent disease, many misconceptions still prevail—even with many health professionals’ and community programs’ attempt to raise awareness regarding it. Myths about diabetes are a big obstacle in diabetes management, and may even worsen the condition. With proper understanding about the disease and cleared misconceptions, diabetes can be managed.

    This list of common diabetes myths and the truths behind it can be of great help with managing the disease for yourself or your loved ones.

    1. MYTH: “Diabetes is caused by eating too much sugar.

    FACT: There are many risk factors that contribute to the development of diabetes:
    Type 1 diabetes occurs when the pancreas does not secrete enough insulin or at all. The cause of type 1 diabetes cannot be controlled. It is caused by genetics and other unknown factors—not by eating too much sugar.
    There are many factors that will increase the risk for type 2 diabetes. Some examples include family history, weight, fat distribution, sedentary lifestyle, and age. Although eating too much sugar can cause other changes, such as weight gain, that will increase your risk for type 2 diabetes, it cannot directly cause diabetes.

    2. MYTH: “If insulin injections are not needed, that means I don’t actually have diabetes.”

    FACT: Being a diabetic does not necessarily mean you must use insulin injections. The need for supplemental insulin depends on the type and severity of the diabetes.

    Type-1 diabetes requires insulin injections, because the body is unable to produce insulin to maintain our blood glucose levels.

    Type-2 diabetes, on the other hand, may or may not need insulin injections. In the early stages of type-2 diabetes, the body is able to produce the insulin, but the cells have a weaker reaction to it. At this point, insulin is not needed, but more attention needs to be placed on the diet and exercise. In the later stages of type-2 diabetes, however, the cells may have an even weaker response to insulin, or it may not respond at all—this is when extra insulin will be needed.

    3. MYTH: “Diabetics must be on a vegetarian diet.”

    FACT: They can have a regular diet just like anyone else, but only in moderation and more attention should be paid to food labels and food components. Diabetics do not have to be on a vegetarian diet. If insulin injections are being used, hypoglycemia (lower-than-normal blood sugar) may occur if the dosage of the insulin is not adjusted accordingly.

    4. MYTH: “As long as it does not taste sweet, diabetics can eat as much as they want.”

    FACT: Carbohydrates are the main components of a meal that raises blood sugar levels. Even though a food item does not taste sweet, it may still contain high amounts of carbohydrates, which will raise blood sugar. Therefore, we need to pay attention to the components of the food to know what must be limited. Level of sweetness cannot and must not be used as a measure of what should or should not be eaten.


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