November is DiabetesAwareness Month,
and for the most part, we all know the
basics of diabetes: there are 2 types- type 1 & type 2, with type 1 typically being
diagnosed in children and young adults, and type 2 being diagnosed later on,
hence it’s alternate name, adult-onset diabetes. We know that diabetes involves
glucose and insulin levels in our bodies, primarily the body not producing
insulin (type 1) or the body not using insulin properly (type 2). We all know
that some of the risk factors include: unhealthy diet, lack of physical
activity, and a family history. But, there are still some diabetes myths that
If you are overweight or obese, you will
eventually develop type 2 diabetes.
Being overweight is a risk factor for
diabetes, but there are other factors to consider as well- age, family history
and ethnicity. Most people who are overweight never develop type 2 diabetes,
and many people with type 2 diabetes are at a normal weight.
Myth: Eating too much sugar causes diabetes.
Fact: The answer is not so simple for this one;
type 1 diabetes is caused by genetics, while type 2 is caused partly by
genetics and partly lifestyle factors. Overweight and obesity are risk factors,
and weight gain in general can contribute to your risk. Foods high in sugar can
cause that weight gain, but so can other unhealthy foods (foods high in trans
fats and saturated fats, empty carbohydrates, etc.). Sugary foods aren’t the
Myth: People with diabetes should eat a special
Fact: A healthy diet is the same for someone with
diabetes and someone without. Whole grains, fruits and vegetables, foods low in
saturated and trans fats, and lean proteins are all part of a balanced diet recommended
Myth: People with diabetes can’t eat sweets or
Fact: Just like for any person, with or without
diabetes, sweet treats are ok if eaten in moderation.
Myth: People with diabetes are more likely to get
colds and other illnesses.
Fact: People with diabetes are not at a higher
risk for getting sick than the average Joe. However, it is recommended for
those with diabetes to get a flu shot, as getting the flu, or any other
sickness, makes it harder to control diabetes.
Myth: You can catch diabetes from someone else.
Fact: No. Diabetes is not contagious.
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*Myth debunking done by the American Diabetes