Typical Myths About Diabetes, Debunked.
Provided by Corpus Christi Rehabilitation Hospital
Have you ever wondered if what you’ve heard about diabetes is real or not?
Diabetes is a disease that occurs when the body’s blood sugar is too high. Insulin, which is a hormone created by the pancreas, helps get sugar from the food you eat into your cells, but sometimes the body doesn’t make enough insulin, and the sugar stays in the bloodstream.
Over time, this can cause serious health problems, but the information you hear about these problems may not be true.
Here are 5 typical myths about diabetes, debunked.
1. Those with diabetes can’t eat sweets or sugar.
Just because you have diabetes doesn’t mean you can’t eat any sugar; it means you have to eat sugar in
moderation, just like anyone else.
2. Too much sugar causes Type 2 diabetes.
While being overweight does increase your chance of Type 2 diabetes, sugar is not always to blame. Type 2 diabetes is caused because people who are overweight have more insulin resistance, which means the insulin can’t get the sugar, or glucose, out of your blood. Sometimes, eating too much sugar isn’t to blame. Obesity can be caused by other
factors, such as genetics.
3. Diabetes is not a serious disease.
Diabetes is a concerning disease that causes serious health problems from the sugar building in the
blood. These health problems can include kidney failure and non-traumatic lower-limb limb amputation. In 2010, diabetes killed more than 69,000 people in the United States alone.
4. People with diabetes are more likely to catch other illnesses, such as a cold.
Just because you have diabetes doesn’t make you more likely to catch a cold. However, any illness can make diabetes difficult to control, so it’s important to receive vaccinations, such as u-shots.
5. Fruit is healthy, so you can eat as much as you want if you have diabetes.
While fruit is healthy, packing fiber, vitamins, and minerals, it has also has carbohydrates. Carbohydrates raise blood sugar, so moderation is the key.
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