Myths about Diabetes that are harmful & misleading
If you are one of those who think that eating excessive sugar will make you diabetic, then you surely have blubbered big time.
What we are told by family and friends, folks and others, we tend to believe.
Yes it's very easy to fall prey to myths about the disease, but it's also easy to dispel them.
So let’s debunk these myths and know the truth.
Myth 1 - Sweet-toothed people tend to have diabetes.
Diabetes is a chronic disease in which the body is unable to produce insulin or respond to it efficiently hence causing high blood glucose levels.
Insulin is responsible for reducing blood glucose levels in the body when it is too high. And it is not necessary that eating sugar only causes diabetes. When there is too much sugar in your blood (which can happen if you consistently eat too much), your body overcompensates by producing more insulin, which then puts stress on the pancreas and leads to insulin resistance.
A diet high in sugar is not the sole cause of type 2 diabetes, but it can increase the risks.
Myth 2nd - Diabetes can make you blind
When it comes to myths about diabetes, this one is a doozy. Sure, people with diabetes may suffer from weak eyesight and occasional nerve pain in the legs and feet, but that doesn’t mean you’re going to lose your limbs from the disease.
In fact, amputation & blindness is rare in people with diabetes who work closely with their doctors to manage their blood sugar levels.
Myth 3rd - Diabetic patients can’t eat carbohydrates
It is not so. As more and more people know by now, diabetics can eat carbs. Remember that a healthy diet includes portion size, which is the key to keep balanced blood sugar levels.
Myth 4th - It is a contagious disease
No, it’s not true. Diabetes is not a contagious disease as it does not pass on by sneezing, touching, or via blood.
Myth 5th - Only obese people get diabetes
Myth buster -
Even if you’re thin and fit, you can still develop type 2 diabetes. Yes the more overweight you are, the higher your risk of developing diabetes. However, diabetes can affect anyone, even those who are not overweight.
Myth 6th - You don’t need to exercise when you have diabetes.
Myth buster -
No matter if you are diabetic or not, when it comes to staying in shape, physical exercise is key. Exercise helps keep blood sugar levels under control by increasing the body's sensitivity to insulin.
Myth 7th - Diabetic people can eat as much fruits as they want
Myth buster -
You should eat fruits, because they’re good for you, but people with diabetes have to watch their intake, because the natural sugar contained in fruits can make your blood sugar skyrocket. Remember portion is the key.
Myth 8th - Diabetics can eat anything they want — except sweets.
It has been proved that with a careful healthy eating plan, anyone can eat just about any type of food — even dessert! However, people with diabetes should keep track of their carbohydrate & protein intake, rather than avoiding all sugar.
A balanced diet includes a variety of foods, including fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy products, whole grains, lean meat and poultry, beans and legumes. By following this diet pattern, diabetics can maintain good health.
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