Check out the most common diabetes myths. Read the facts here as we debunk some of the rumored traits of diabetes

In India, about 63 million people suffer from diabetes, and this figure is likely to go up to 80 million by 2025. Delhi alone has more than 30 lakh people suffering from this disease (Indo-US collaborative study). A study conducted by Dr Anoop Misra, showed that 37% of urban south Asian Indians suffer from Diabetes and pre-Diabetes. (Diabetes India Foundation)

diabetes Debunking 10 Common Diabetes Myths

  1. Myth # 1
    Eating too much sugar causes diabetes

    Fact: No. Diabetes is caused by a combination of genetic and lifestyle factors. However, being overweight does increase your risk for developing type 2 diabetes. If you have a history of diabetes in your family, eating a healthy balance of foods and regular exercise are recommended to manage your weight. (Source: BJC Health Care)
  2. Myth #2
    If you have diabetes, you should only eat small amounts of starchy foods, such as bread, potatoes and pasta
    Fact: Starchy foods are part of a healthy meal plan. What is important is the portion size. Whole-grain breads, cereals, pasta, rice and starchy vegetables like potatoes, yams, peas and corn can be included in your meals and snacks. For most people with diabetes, having three or four carbohydrate portions per meal is about right. Whole-grain starchy foods are also a good source of fiber, which helps keep your digestive system healthy. (Source: BJC Health Care)
  3. Myth # 3
    Diabetes is not a serious disease
    Fact: Uncontrolled blood sugar is very dangerous. Long-term high blood sugar (hyperglycemia) leads to complications that affect the heart, kidneys, nerves, and eyes. With good control of blood sugar, people with diabetes significantly decrease their risk of developing complications and can lead active lives.
  4. Myth # 4
    You have to follow a special diet
    Fact: The basics of healthy eating are the same whether you have diabetes or not. You can eat the same foods as the rest of your family, as long as it’s in moderation. Stick to a heart-healthy diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables, lean meats, healthy oils, and low-fat dairy products (Source: Main Line Health)
  5. Myth # 5
    Type 1 diabetes is always diagnosed in young people.
    Fact: Type 1 diabetes was previously known as juvenile diabetes because it was often diagnosed in young people. That name has been dropped because some people aren’t diagnosed until their 20s. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that causes the immune system to attack and kill insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. Without insulin, glucose builds up in the blood stream. Type 1 is believed to be caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors (Source: WorldLifestyle)
  6. Myth # 6
    Only fat people have type 2 diabetes
    Fact: Like type 1 diabetes, type 2 is linked to genetic and environmental factors. It is also strongly linked to being overweight. However, not every person with type 2 diabetes is overweight or obese. In both prediabetes and type 2 diabetes, a person’s body has become resistant to insulin or does not produce enough of it. As a result, sugar builds up in the blood stream. (Source: WorldLifestyle)
  7. Myth # 8
    People with diabetes are more likely to get colds and other illnesses.
    Fact: People with diabetes are not more likely to get colds or other illnesses. However, when they are sick, the diabetes may be more difficult to control. If someone with diabetes does become ill they must still follow their diabetes treatment.
  8. Myth # 8
    Once you have diabetes there’s nothing you can do about it.
    Fact:  The risk of long-term complications from diabetes can be reduced if you take the right actions. If you control your blood glucose and blood pressure, you can reduce your risk of death, stroke, heart failure, and other complications. Reduction of hemoglobin A1c by even 1% can decrease your risk of complications by 25%. Some people have experienced type 2 diabetes is a wake-up call, that prompted them to take the right action, starting a better life. (Source: Center For Women’s Health)
  9. Myth # 9
    If you have diabetes, you can never eat sweets
    Fact: Dessert does not need to be completely cut out of a diabetic’s diet. Instead, sweets should be moderated and comprise only a small portion of your diet. A diabetic health plan should be focused on healthy eating and regular physical activity, instead of on what you can or cannot eat. (Source: Battle Diabetes)
  10. Myth # 10
    “I don’t have a family history of diabetes, so it is unlikely that I will get it.”
    Fact: Some people are born with a greater chance of developing diabetes than others. However, plenty of people diagnosed with the disease don’t have a family history of diabetes. Your weight and lifestyle can be factors in whether you develop diabetes.

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