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MYTHS & FACTS ABOUT DIABETES

 

MYTH

Diabetes is not a serious condition.

FACT

Diabetes if unchecked is serious, it causes more deaths a year than breast cancer and AIDS combined. Having diabetes nearly doubles your chance of having a heart attack. A good diabetes control can reduce the risks for diabetes complications.

 

MYTH

Diabetes is caused by eating too much sugar.

FACT

Type 1 diabetes is caused by genetics and unknown factors that trigger its onset; Type 2 is caused by genetics and lifestyle factors. Being overweight increases your risk for developing Type 2, and a diet high in calories from any source contributes to weight gain. Research has shown that sugary drinks are linked to Type 2 diabetes.

 

MYTH

People with Diabetes must follow a special diet.

FACT

People with diabetes benefit from the same healthy diet as for everyone else, just that some more whole grains, vegetables and fruits to be added and to avoid trans fats, limit the amount of saturated fats and refined carbohydrates specially sugars.

 

MYTH

“Diabetes Friendly” and “sugar free” foods is good for diabetics.

FACT

Sugar Free foods often contain more calories, fats and carbohydrates. Always check nutrition labels closely. “Natural” does not always mean “Safe”

 

MYTH

People with Type 1 diabetes can't participate in sports or exercise.

FACT

Diabetics can do anything a normal person does – They can play basketball, tennis, climb mountain, lift weight, sky is the limit.

 

MYTH

Women with diabetes shouldn't get pregnant.

FACT

Women who control their diabetes well can have a normal pregnancy and give birth to a healthy baby.

 

MYTH

Diabetics have to lose a lot of weight for the diabetes to improve.

FACT

Losing just 7% of the body weight can offer significant health benefits.

 

MYTH

Diabetics cannot donate blood.

FACT

A diabetic can donate blood provided the blood sugar is well controlled.

 

 

MYTH

Gestational diabetes need not be taken seriously as it disappears after childbirth.

FACT

50 – 70%women who had Gestational diabetes may develop Type 2 diabetes within

5 – 10 years of delivery. If Gestational diabetes is left untreated, children of mothers with Gestational diabetes are at higher risk of developing diabetes in later life. Gestational diabetes should be taken very seriously and treated.

 

MYTH

Administering Insulin during pregnancy may harm the baby.

FACT

Administering Insulin may not harm but high blood sugar levels may. Insulin is used in Gestational diabetes as very small amounts cross the placenta and is considered the safest way to control sugar besides health diet and exercise.

 

MYTH

Diabetics can have wheat but not rice.

FACT

This is not true as both wheat and rice are carbohydrates and have same amount (70%) of Carbohydrates and similar glycemic index. The quantity has to be restricted and whole grain of rice or wheat to be used.

 

MYTH

Diabetics cannot consume sweets and chocolates

FACT

Taken as part of a healthy meal plan alongside exercise and good sugar control, diabetics can eat chocolates and desserts, just that the portion has to be small.

 

MYTH

Diabetes doesn't run in my family, so I consider myself safe.

FACT

Family history is just only one of several risk factors for Type 2 diabetes.

 

MYTH

Diabetics who use insulin are unsafe drivers.

FACT

Diabetic drivers who use insulin can safely drive motor vehicles.

 

MYTH

Diabetics with Type 2 diabetes who need to use insulin are in serious trouble.

FACT

Type 2 diabetes is a progressive condition, and most type 2 diabetics eventually need insulin. By using insulin for a good control, type 2 diabetics can often avoid complications and lead a healthy life.

 

 

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