There are many diabetes myths that sometimes create an inaccurate picture about this medical condition. Such myths not only make it difficult for people to realize some hard facts about it, but also generate stereotype and stigma around it.
Here are some common diabetes myths and misconceptions:
Myth 1: I can’t get diabetes if I never eat sweets
Fact: All food is broken down to sugar (glucose), which makes it very crucial for diabetic patients or high-risk individuals to watch how much they eat. Also, overeating results in extra calories for the body that are stored as fat – being overweight predisposes a person to diabetes.
Myth 2: Eating too much sugar causes diabetes
Fact: Answer to this is complex. Genetics and many other factors are believed to trigger diabetes. Type 2 diabetes, for example, is caused by genetic and lifestyle factors. However, studies have shown a link between consumption of sugary drinks and type 2 diabetes. The American Diabetes Association recommends limiting the intake of sweetened beverages that raise blood glucose levels and add to the calorie overload for the body.
Myth 3: Diabetes is not that serious
Fact: Diabetes is actually preventable and it is possible to delay complications that arise from it, only if a person manages his/her condition properly. However, diabetes is a leading cause of death across the world, and most people die from complications like heart disease or stroke.
Myth 4: People with diabetes should not eat any sweets
Fact: Diabetics can consume sweets if they are taken as part of a charted meal plan. The key lies in the portion size and limiting the frequency as the individual focuses on healthier food options.
Myth 5: All overweight individuals get diabetes
Fact: Typically having a BMI over 25 puts a person at risk for diabetes, but it is does not mean that every person who gains weight develops diabetes. Other risk factors include age, lack of physical activity and family history of diabetes.
Myth 6: A person can catch diabetes from another person
Fact: Not true. This is one of the common diabetes myths. Diabetes is not contagious. It does not spread by any kind of physical contact. Risk factors to diabetes include genetics and lifestyle choices.
Myth 7: People with diabetes must eat special foods
Fact: People diagnosed with diabetes or at risk of it are asked to follow a healthy diet, which is recommended for everybody for good health. Special ‘diabetic foods’ may not offer any special benefit. A diet low in fat (saturated and trans fat), moderate consumption of sugar and salt, and inclusion of whole grain foods, fruits and vegetables are healthy diet recommendations for both diabetic and non-diabetic individuals.
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