Written by Achiever Foods Nutrition Unit
During a ward round at the diabetic clinic one day, a patient walked to the doctor and asked a lot of questions on diabetes. Today, we are bringing you the part two of the myths and facts about diabetes.
- Nothing can be done to stop one from having diabetes?
Fact: Genetic factor may increase an individual’s risk for type 2 diabetes, but lifestyle choices also play an important role in your risk and prevention of diabetes. Engaging in activities such as daily exercising to help keep a healthy weight, healthy eating can help reduce your risk for Diabetes. Smoking can make it difficult for an individual’s body to use insulin, so not smoking can also help decrease the risk for developing diabetes.
- Only adults get diabetes?
Facts: Diabetes can be diagnosed at any age. Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and adolescents. Type 2 diabetes used to be known as adult-onset diabetes because it was usually often diagnosed in adults. The number of children and adolescents diagnosed with type 2 diabetes has increased over the years.
Off late, children as young as age 5 are being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. That is a big change from the past trend of old age as a risk factor. For children, it was usually type 1 Diabetes, which is also called insulin-dependent diabetes or juvenile diabetes but it is not the case nowadays. This means parents have to try and encourage good habits in their family. Example: Ensuring less junk foods, appropriate portions of food servings, less video game time and more physical activities, encouraging or teaching them how to do some minor body exercises to keep fit.
3• Gestational diabetes means you will develop diabetes?
Fact: Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that can develop during pregnancy in women who don’t already have diabetes.
Some women who developed gestational diabetes during pregnancy, go on to develop type 2 diabetes. They body may go back to regulating blood sugar properly after delivery. Make sure you have regular blood sugar checks to detect any changes early.
- Developing diabetes means you will go blind?
Fact: Uncontrolled high blood sugar can result in a condition known as diabetic retinopathy ( damaged blood vessels in the retina; the back wall of your eye).
It is the common cause of loss of vision in a diabetic. Loss of vision cause by diabetes cannot be reversed. Prevent blindness by getting a comprehensive dialated eye examination at least once in a year. The best way to prevent complications like loss of vision is by keeping blood sugar under control. .
- Diabetes means you can never run a marathon?
Fact: Exercise, ranging from minor to the kind that requires extreme physical exertion, is not off limits if you take the appropriate precautions. In a study published in 2018 in Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics. Researchers looked at four ultramarathon runners with type 1 diabetes who took on a 51-mile mountain race. All four avoided severe hypoglycemia by significantly reducing their insulin dose and consuming additional carbohydrates. Being diagnosed of diabetes is not a sentence to living a strange life. It does not sideline you from living your usual life. The key is to work on having your blood sugar controlled, then you are good to go. Remember to have your sugar checked regularly and follow your doctor’s treatment plan.
6. Is diabetes a serious disease?
Fact: Yes. Diabetes can be fatal. It causes more deaths per year than breast cancer and AIDS combined. Reducing the risk of complications by controlling blood sugar levels is the best way to go.
7. Do people with diabetes need to eat special foods?
Fact: No, no need for special food. Packaged foods with special “diabetes-friendly” claims may still raise blood glucose levels, be more expensive, and/or contain sugar alcohols that can have a laxative effect on some individuals.
Eating healthy and balanced meals is the best way to go. A healthy eating plan for diabetes will include lots of non-starchy vegetables, limit added sugars, swap refined grains for whole grains and prioritize whole foods over highly processed foods when possible. Just like healthy eating for anyone.
You can also include our healthy Daliha Turkey Berry Cinnamon Tea and Powder to your meals to help prevent or manage type 2 diabetes
8. Can you catch diabetes from someone else?
Fact: No. Diabetes is not contagious like common cold or flu. Although exactly how some people get it is not known
8. Diabetes is for the rich ?
Fact: A person’s financial status is not an indication for developing the disease.
9. Diabetes is for the aged?
Fact: Age is a risk factor for developing diabetes but it is not limited to the aged. Some young youthful individuals are also at risk for the disease.
The Bottom Line
Making life enjoyable should be one of your priorities if you want to stay healthy with a balanced blood sugar level.
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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