Diabetes Myths And Facts
Misconceptions about diabetes can worsen the condition. Get your facts straight about diabetes in order to manage it better.
Myth: Diabetes is contagious.
Fact: Diabetes is an endocrine disease and is basically caused by a problem with the amounts of insulin produced by the beta cells in the pancreas. Diabetes tends to be an inherited trait that runs in families, but it is not contagious.
Myth: It’s possible to have just ‘slight’ diabetes.
Fact: Either you have diabetes or you don’t. Even if your type 2 case doesn’t require insulin injections, it still demands medical attention and careful lifestyle choices.
Myth: If you develop diabetes, you can never eat sugar again.
Fact: People with diabetes can eat sweets, but sugary treats must be part of a careful meal plan.
Fact: High or low blood sugar doesn’t always produce symptoms. Regular monitoring is the only way to know for sure where you stand.
Myth: If I don’t need insulin or drugs, my diabetes isn’t serious.
Fact: Diabetes is always serious. Even if diet and exercise keep your blood sugar in check, your cells are still insulin-resistant and your condition could get worse if you don’t control it.
Myth: I’m good at self management, so checkups are a waste of time.
Fact: Your treatment program is never static. Thanks to ongoing research, the medical community is constantly learning more about this complex condition and how best to deal with it. The best way to keep in touch is to make regular doctor visits.
Myth: People with diabetes can’t eat carbohydrates.
Fact: Not true. However, when a person is first diagnosed with diabetes it is important to consult a dietitian who is aware of the treatment planned by your doctor. The dietitian can then help you balance medication with physical activity, lifestyle and the amount and types of food you eat. This will help you keep blood sugar levels at near normal levels, feel healthy and prevent long term complications.
Myth: Insulin cures diabetes.
Fact: Insulin helps manage diabetes, but doesn’t cure it. Insulin helps remove glucose from the bloodstream and into the cells, where it is used for energy. This helps keep blood sugar levels under control. So, taking insulin doesn’t actually correct the underlying problem.