Four Myths and Facts about Diabetes
A world-renowned medical condition like diabetes attracts medical studies pertaining to its causes, management, and treatment. It also attracts a lot of myths, misleading diabetics and the people around them. It’s important to address these myths in order to help diabetics manage their condition, and live based on the correct data.
Myths and Facts about Diabetes
Myth 1: Sugar intake can cause diabetes.
Fact: High sugar intake can lead to developing Type 2 Diabetes.
According to Dr. David G. Marrero from the American Diabetes Association, high sugar intake leads to obesity, which increases a person’s risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes. Obesity doesn’t cause diabetes either, it can only trigger its onset. The British Medical Journal reports that drinking soda raises the risk by 18 percent. A more recent study by the Harvard School of Public Health shows that eating white rice is even worse than soda.
Myth 2: Diabetics can’t eat sugary foods or drink sugary drinks.
Fact: They can.
Diabetics aren’t confined to a life without sweets. They aren’t subject to complete suffering whenever they attend an adult Halloween party where candy items abound. Since sugar doesn’t worsen their condition, they can take it. The amount they take depends on the medications they are taking. According to Marrero, sugar intake is a little more difficult to manage for Type 1 diabetics, but still doable.
Myth 3: Only obese or overweight individuals are at risk for Type 2 Diabetes.
Fact: Anyone over the age of 35 are prone to having Type 2 Diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes is also called “adult-onset” diabetes because it develops in individuals aged 35 and above. So even if you’re slim or of average weight, you’re equally prone to having diabetes once you hit the age of 35. Genes also play a part in the development of Type 2 diabetes.
Myth 4: Diabetes increases the risk for a number of diseases, including cardiovascular, renal, and ophthalmological diseases.
Fact: Poorly-managed diabetes increases the risk for other diseases.
Dr. Bill Polonsky, a Certified Diabetes Educator, founder of the Behavioral Diabetes Institute, and psychologist stated this fact during one of the Taking Control of Your Diabetes conferences to a group of diabetics. This stresses the importance of diabetes management, whether through medication, diet, or both.
Managing diabetes without insulin intake? Is that possible?
It is important for diabetics to manage their condition through insulin injections and a carefully planned lifestyle plan. However, recent studies by the University of Kentucky and Virginia Medical Center have shown that having the proper diet helps regulate diabetes better even without insulin intake. It is one of the points raised in the book “7 Steps to Better Health”.
Managing diabetes naturally through a diet and without insulin has never been openly discussed in the past. However, it is now a subject of discussion in the medical profession as it moves towards creating a better environment for diabetics and their families. If you are diabetic or if you’re living with one, you can check out the ICTM website to know more about the affordable and natural ways of managing diabetes.