- October 29, 2015
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- Posted by: Health Advisor
There are thousands of myths floating around about Diabetes and it is important to not get easily deceived by them and worry further and inflict more stress on your health. Therefore it is essential to be aware of all the myths and debunk them allowing you to make an informed decision about managing your diabetes.
Here is a list of myths and facts to help you bust your false notions about Diabetes:
Myth: People who are extremely heavy or overweight eventually get diabetes.
Fact: Being overweight is just one of the risk factors for developing diabetes. There are other factors, such as family history, race or ethnicity, and even age. By understanding all of the risk factors involved, you may better understand your overall risk and the habits you can change to be healthier.
Myth: Eating too much sugar can cause type 2 diabetes
Fact: As weight gain is one risk factor for developing diabetes, a diet that is high in excess calories can be a cause of excess weight. Studies showed that drinking sugary drinks gave people excess calories and this has been linked to type 2 diabetes, but it is not proven to cause diabetes. But it is advisable to avoid sugary drinks such as regular sodas, fruit drinks, energy drinks, sports drinks and sweetened tea among others.
Myth: Diabetes is contagious
Fact: No. You can’t catch diabetes from someone else like a cold or the flu. But it’s important to know that type 2 diabetes can run in the family.
Myth: People with diabetes get more colds, flus, and other illnesses.
Fact: Not true. People living with diabetes are no more likely to catch a cold than someone who does not have diabetes. However, those with diabetes are advised to get an annual flu shot because any illness can sometimes make diabetes harder to manage.
Myth: Your health care provider has recommended insulin to treat your type 2 diabetes. It means you failed to manage your diabetes the way you should have.
Fact: The most important thing to understand is that diabetes changes over time. When first diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, many people are able to keep their blood sugar controlled with diabetes pills, diet, and exercise. But as time passes, the body slowly produces less and less insulin. Over time, diabetes pills and non-insulin injectables may not be enough to keep blood sugar levels normal. Insulin is just another way to get blood sugar levels to healthy levels. And that’s a good thing.