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- Jul 08 2017
9 Type 2 Diabetes Myths Busted!
While 415 million people around the world suffer from diabetes (source), there are a handful of those who are fully aware about it. This is especially the case with type 2 diabetes, where individuals still believe in age-old myths and misconceptions which lead to a lot of misinformation.
In this post we bust 9 age-old myths about type 2 diabetes which you can use to educate other people to increase awareness.
- Myth: Diabetes isn’t serious
- Fact: Diabetes is a chronic and serious disease. It is possible to control it with lifestyle changes and accurate medications and reduce the complications in the process. But, there is no such thing as “mild” diabetes. All types of diabetes are serious and there complications could be life-altering or even fatal. It affects quality of life and reduces life expectancy.
- Myth: Type 2 diabetes only occurs in old people
- Fact: Type 2 diabetes usually develops in adults over the age of 45 years but with rise in sedentary lifestyle it is increasingly occurring in younger age groups including children, adolescents and young adults.
- Myth: People with diabetes can’t eat sweets
- Fact: There is no specific reason that people with type 2 diabetes cannot eat sweets, but the key here is moderation. Drinks and desserts high in sugar might cause a quick spike in the blood sugar levels. Instead of eating them in large quantities by themselves, people should try to eat them in small portions and with healthy meals. With proper exercise and meal plans, a little sweetness never hurts anyone.
- Myth: You don’t need any lifestyle changes once you are on insulin
- Fact: When you get diagnosed with diabetes initially, your blood sugar level is easily controllable with a combination of lifestyle changes like diet and exercise, and oral medications. However, gradually you might need insulin to help you regulate the blood sugar levels. But, compromising your physical activity or diet while depending on just insulin makes it difficult to manage diabetes.
- Myth: Diabetes can be prevented
- Fact: According to Diabetes Australia, strong international evidence shows diabetes prevention programs can help prevent type 2 diabetes in up to 58 per cent of cases. There is no single cause leading to type 2 diabetes, but there are major risk factors. Your risk of developing diabetes is also affected by things like genetics and ethnicity, which are out of your hand.
- Myth: Eating too much sugar causes diabetes
- Fact: While, Type 1 diabetes is caused by the body’s autoimmune attack, Type 2 diabetes is caused by the body’s inability to use the produced insulin. Eating sugar isn’t the factor that initiates either type of disease.
- Myth: Exercising increases your chances of hypoglycemia
- Fact: Yes, it is possible that you might be a victim of low blood sugar during exercise, which is why it advised to carry some snacks with you at all times. But don’t make your diabetes an excuse to skip the workout. Exercise is a vital part for controlling diabetes. In order to balance the insulin production in your body, you need to pair your regime with appropriate amount of diet and exercise.
- Myth: Being overweight causes Type 2 diabetes
- Fact: It is no secret that being overweight or obese is a major risk factor for type 2 diabetes, but there are other factors that increase your risk as well. Genetics, hypertension, and being inactive are some of them. Some people who are overweight may or may not develop diabetes while some people who are healthy will develop type 2 diabetes.
- Myth: Type 2 diabetes can be permanently cured
- Fact: Controlling type 2 diabetes with meal plans, exercise, and medications is possible. But even if your blood sugar levels are at a normal range, they might not be enough to defend you against the complications of diabetes; such as hypertension or unhealthy cholesterol levels which will continue with you for lifetime.
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