Myths and facts about DIABETES

Myths and facts about DIABETES

By Neha Ranglani  on: 19 December 2014
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Most of the people consider diabetes as a minor disease and frame notions about it in their mind. But the fact is very different from all the myths that go around the place.

Myth 1: diabetes is not a deadly disease

Fact: Diabetes causes 6 million deaths/year and is a serious disease

Myth 2: eating too much sugar causes diabetes

Fact: no it does no. Eating too much sugar causes obesity, which in turn increases the risk of Diabetes

Myth 3: you can get diabetes from others

Fact: diabetes is more based on genetic and lifestyle factors. It is not contagious

Myth 4: fruits is healthy and you can eat as much as you want

Fact: yes fruit is healthy but it also contains carbohydrates which can cause spike in the sugar levels. Hence the dietician has to decide the amount and type of fruit a patient can eat.

Myth 5: only overweight people get diabetes

Fact: this is not always true as skinny people also develop diabetes due to stress, genetics or other lifestyle factors

Myth 6: people with diabetes should not exercise

Fact: this is exactly opposite. People with diabetes need to exercise regularly as it helps to lower the blood sugar levels, need for insulin and helps to maintain weight.

Myth 7: nothing can prevent diabetes complications:

Fact: diabetes complications can be prevented with a good exercise and diet program and regular health checkups.

Myth 8: diabetics should avoid carbohydrates completely.

Fact: carbohydrates are very important source of fuel to the body. Diabetics have to avoid simple carbs like sugar but can eat complex carbs like whole grains, cereals, pulses etc.



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