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MYTHS AND FACTS ABOUT DIABETES MELLITUS-I

Written by Achiever Foods Nutrition Unit

In our society one common life-long condition is diabetes with increasing rates in many parts of the world.

It can have significant physical, psychological and behavioural implications on affected persons.

Diabetes is a significant public health issue and requires needful knowledge and skills to help individuals manage the condition appropriately.

It results from a deficiency or complete lack of insulin secretion or resistance to insulin. This article focuses on people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. A study conducted in UK, showed that the prevalence of diabetes is more than three times higher than the prevalence of all cancers, and is increasing rapidly. There are 3.9 million people in the UK with diabetes and 9.6 million people in England are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

On behalf of the millions who live with or are at risk for diabetes, we would like to help you understand some important thoughts about it because it can be prevented.

Read Common Misconceptions and Questions below Concerning Diabetes

1• Diabetes is a spiritual disease with no medical explanation.

Fact: Diabetes occurs as a result of :
a) A deficiency of insulin secretion
b) An absence of insulin secretion
c) Resistance to insulin

2• Diabetes is caused by eating sugar.

Fact: Any diet high in calories : from sugar or another source, contributes to weight gain, which increases an individual’s risk of having type 2 diabetes.

3• If you’re overweight, you’ll develop type 2 diabetes.

Fact: Yes, being overweight is a risk factor for developing diabetes. However, other risks factor into getting it, like family history, ethnicity, age and level of physical activity. Some people with type 2 diabetes are a normal weight or moderately overweight.

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4• People with diabetes can’t eat chocolate or sweets.

Fact: No foods are off limits to people with diabetes. The key is eating them in small portions and saving them for special occasions. Watching what you feed yourself with helps an individual to maintain a healthy and balanced meal plan.

5• People with diabetes aren’t producing enough insulin.

Fact: People with type 2 diabetes usually, have enough insulin when they’re first diagnosed. But this insulin isn’t working properly. It does not help cells absorb glucose from the food they consume. Their pancreas may eventually stop making enough insulin. This does not end it for them, insulin injections are available to help with their functionality.

6• You’re more likely to catch a cold if you have diabetes.

Fact: You are more likely than anyone else to get a cold, flu or other illness. However, illnesses can make diabetes harder to manage.

7• You will have to give yourself shots.

Fact: Yes, injectable medications do require shots. Other treatments may not require shots. You may use insulin pens, oral medications or blood sugar meters, which don’t require injections.

8• You can’t live an active life if you have diabetes.

Fact: Exercise is vital in controlling diabetes. It can help an individual’s muscles use glucose without relying on insulin. It also helps the cells use insulin better. Your health care professional can help you devise an exercise program that’s right for you.

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9• You don’t need to test your blood sugar because you’ll know when it’s low or high.

Fact: You can’t rely on how you are feeling to determine your blood-sugar level. You may be urinating a lot or have an infection, not because your glucose is high.
You may not be feeling well because you’re getting a cold, not because you have low blood sugar. The only way to accurately know your blood-sugar level is to have the test.

10• Diabetes has no symptoms.

Fact: Some people with type 2 diabetes have symptoms so mild that they go unnoticed, but others may have symptoms. Common symptoms include feeling very thirsty, urinating often, feeling very hungry even though you have eaten, experiencing blurry vision and or having cuts or bruises that heal slowly.

11• If you are overweight, will you always develop type 2 diabetes?

Fact: Being overweight is a risk factor for developing diabetes, but other risk factors such as how much physical activity an individual engages in, family history, ethnicity, lifestyle of an individual and age, may also be contributing factors. Unfortunately, many people think that weight is the only risk factor for type 2 diabetes, but many people with type 2 diabetes have normal weight or are moderately overweight.

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12• Do sugary drinks cause diabetes?

Facts: Research has also shown that drinking sugary drinks is linked to type 2 diabetes. The American Diabetes Association recommends that people avoid drinking sugar-sweetened beverages and switch to water whenever possible to help prevent type 2 diabetes.

It is important to note that sugary drinks raise blood sugar and can provide several hundred calories in just one serving.

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References

(Hex et al 2012, Diabetes UK 2015a,b).
https://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-risk/prediabetes/myths-about-diabetes

The Bottom Line

Diabetes especially type 2 diabetes is a condition that can be prevented and reversed when detected early and treated accordingly with continuous healthy nutrition.

Generally, seeking the knowledge of your Doctor and Dietician can go a long way to help in preventing or managing Diabetes. Most importantly, have a positive mindset about your health and do not be afraid that you will get worse if you already have diabetes. Follow the rules and you will win.

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