Nearly 1 in 10 Americans have diabetes and there’s a lot of misinformation about the disease. Just like any diseases diabetes also have some myths around it which most people have heard of. Here are 10 common myths and facts about diabetes to debunk them.
- You cannot eat candies or chocolates
People stop eating candies and chocolates immediately when they hear about their diabetes and there’s no reason why a diabetic person cannot eat sweets. You can have them along with the other foods in small portions. It should be eaten in moderation amount with a healthy balanced diet plan.
- If you eat too much sugar, you will get diabetes
You can get diabetes through genes, which is the major cause, otherwise, some reasons are still unknown. There’s no direct link between sugar and diabetes, but of course, eating lot of sugar will lead to obesity which can then risk you developing Type 2 diabetes. So eventually it is your excess weight which leads to diabetes, and not sugar.
- You can only have a special ‘diabetic’ diet
Diabetic meals are expensive and are basically only marketing tricks to trap you into. You don’t have to follow any specific restricted diabetic diet, instead change your eating habits by choosing foods which are lower in fat, higher in nutrients, and contain an appropriate amount of calories.
- Diabetes is not that serious disease
Who said it is not serious? It can kill you if not controlled with proper medication and healthy lifestyle. It’s a serious chronic disease, killing millions of people around the world. It causes deaths more than breast cancer and HIV/AIDS combined. It can also cause a chance of heart attack.
- Diabetes is contagious, stay away from them
Since it’s a metabolic disorder of our body and is not caused by any virus, bacteria or any other carrier, it’s not contagious. There is no reason why people develop diabetes, but yes this is sure that it is not contagious. It is not like cold or chickenpox which can easily be caught. It’s like impossible to get diabetes from other people.
- You cannot work out or take part in physical activity
It is completely wrong! In fact, exercise is the most crucial part to manage diabetes. You can talk to your doctor regarding an exercise plan. Daily workout of 30 minutes or more will keep your body healthy and well maintained.
- Do not eat potato, pasta and bread
Diabetic patients are told to eat only a very small amount of carbohydrates. And our body gets all the energy from carbohydrates, which is found in beans, bread, cereals, pasta and rice. Since these also contains fiber you should include these carbohydrates food in your diet plan.
- You only get diabetes when you are old
A lot of people think that diabetes can be diagnosed only in older people and that is not true. These days children as young as age 5 are being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Try to change your lifestyle so children can adapt new habits of healthy diet plan to prevent from being diagnosed with diabetes. Regular exercise, less video game and television and less junk food are good habits.
- You will get diabetes if you are overweight
There are many factors involved in developing diabetes, like family history, ethnicity, age, high blood pressure, but overweight is not the only cause of diabetes. There are many people diagnosed with diabetes who are of moderate weight
- Fruit is healthy so you can eat it
Fruit is actually a healthy and fresh food and contains lots of fibers, vitamins, and minerals. Since they contain carbohydrates as well, they should be included in your diet plan with the right portion. You can consult with your dietitian about the fruit you can have as per your body requirements.
It is very important to understand the disease and alleviate any misconceptions about it. These are the common 10 myths and facts about diabetes which you should be aware of to properly control your disease, and also educate others about it.