Thanks to modern-day advancements in technology, searching for information is fast and simple with a few clicks of a button. Unfortunately, despite this fact, there are still thousands of people worldwide who believe in fallacies more than facts. In some scenarios, tiny bits of information may be harmless. However, when it comes to your health, even the slightest error could be dangerous.
Several medical myths have been passed on throughout the decades from generation to generation, with influences from different cultural backgrounds and religious beliefs. For example, some people believe that cracking your fingers can cause arthritis, when in fact, it does not.
As modern science continued to advance, many of these fables were debunked, leading to a better understanding of why the human body works the way it does.
Until now, there are still several misconceptions and myths around serious diseases such as diabetes. To learn more about this illness and develop better diabetes awareness, take a look at the infographic presented below.
Debunking 15 Diabetes Myths & Misconceptions with Hard Facts1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Living with diabetes can often be a challenge for many people, but even more so when the wrong information is given. Here are some myths about diabetes and the truth behind these fallacies.
1. Nobody in my family has diabetes, so I won’t be suffering from the disease.
While having family members that do not have the disease does lower your risks, it does not mean that your odds of developing it are at an absolute zero. In many cases, diabetes typically develops due to several factors like lifestyle choices, diet, and overall health.
2. I need to have a special diet if I’m diabetic.
Many people who have diabetes eat the same food as normal people do. Of course, if you want to remain healthy and keep your blood sugar levels under control, then a balanced diet and meal plan are recommended.
3. I am overweight, so I’ll surely have type 2 diabetes.
While obesity is a common risk factor, it is not the only one. The development of this disease can be from many things such as genetics, age, lifestyle habits, and many more.
4. Sugar consumption is the cause of diabetes.
Sugar intake alone does not directly lead to diabetes. However, it is one of many factors that can contribute to type 2 diabetes. When you have too much sugar intake, your insulin production increases, leading to serious complications later on.
5. I am not allowed to eat carbohydrates if I am diabetic.
While carbs are not directly harmful to your condition, it is a factor that can impact your blood sugar levels. Most medical professionals advise that you be mindful of your general intake and balance your consumption of carbohydrates.
6. I need to swear off desserts forever if I have diabetes.
You are still allowed to consume sugary foods such as desserts, candies, and juices. However, you need to note how much you consume at a time and learn how to control your sugar intake. This can help you prevent your blood sugar levels from drastically rising and causing problems.
7. Fruits are off the table.
All fruits contain natural sugars that can cause your blood sugar levels to spike. But luckily, much like desserts, you can still enjoy this healthy treat in moderation. In most cases, medical experts suggest eating small portions of fruits with your meals to help improve your overall diet and health.
8. As long as I have medication, I can eat anything I want.
Your medication is prescribed to help you manage your blood sugar levels throughout the day. However, this is only effective if you pair it alongside a healthy diet plan and exercise regimen.
9. Eating food with artificial sweeteners does not count.
Despite being approved by food regulations, artificial sweeteners can still cause harm, especially if you are diabetic. In most cases, these sugar-free alternatives contain high amounts of simple carbs, calories, and fats. This can lead to adverse effects on your insulin sensitivity.
10. If I am on insulin, then I am not doing well with taking care of my blood sugar.
In most cases, insulin treatment simply means that your body cannot produce enough of it or has stopped entirely. Despite keeping a healthy diet, the progression of this decrease in production can lead to other necessary medical care. It is never because you are not taking good enough care of yourself.
11. Exercising is not safe for people with diabetes.
Medical experts highly suggest keeping a suitable exercise regimen along with a healthy diet plan. Regular physical activity can help your body become more sensitive to insulin, keeping your diabetes under control. Your workout routine does not necessarily have to be intense, and, for some people, taking a walk can be enough.
12. Having prediabetes does not need any action.
Prediabetes is a condition where your blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough to be classified as diabetic. Within the next ten years, you are at risk of developing the illness unless preventative measures are taken.
13. When my blood sugar is under control, I can skip my medication.
Being consistent with your diet and medication is a vital key to keeping yourself in good health. Remember that diabetes is a progressive disease that requires continuous efforts to keep it under control.
14. There is a cure for diabetes.
Diabetes is classified as a chronic disease which modern medicine is yet to cure successfully. However, the illness can easily be managed through the regular practice of good health habits and lifestyle factors.
15. Everyone with diabetes will undergo amputation at some point.
In the case of poorly controlled measures, some patients with diabetes have to go through amputation due to nerve damage and other complications. So long as you do not let your condition reach this point, you will not need to worry about losing a limb.
Play It Safe
Diabetes is a serious disease that you should never take lightly. As early as possible, you should always take the necessary preventative measures like exercising and maintaining a healthy diet to lower the risks of developing severe illnesses.
Instead of looking up your symptoms online and believing in myths, take the ASCVD risk assessment test and seek the guidance of a medical professional.
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