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Dispelling Diabetes Myths

Apr 22, 2008
Even if we are surrounded by high technology and given easy access to information, there are still misconceptions about diabetes. The concepts range from believable to really outrageous.

Diabetes is Contagious: Diabetes is not contagious like a catching cold or the flu. Diabetes develops when a person's body does not produce enough insulin, or cannot utilize the insulin that is produced.

Insulin Injection is Necessary in all diabetic patients: Insulin shots are only required to patients suffering from Type 1 Diabetes. The reason for this is that the body cannot generate its own insulin anymore. For patients suffering from Type 2 Diabetes are required to take medication and practice regular exercise. However, if all these methods fail, these patients are then required to have insulin shots.

Diabetes Only Affects the Blood: Diabetes can affect the entire body if not treated. Risks and complications from not controlling blood sugar levels include stroke, heart disease, nerve damage, amputations resulting from nerve damage or impaired blood flow, blurred vision, blindness, and kidney failure or disease which must be treated with dialysis.

Sweet Foods Cause Diabetes to Develop: Unlike the common belief of many that sweet foods cause diabetes to develop, this is only true for those who have acquired over weight because of too much sweet intake. If this is the case, the patient is most likely to have Type2 Diabetes. The best thing any person could do to avoid diabetes is to reduce the sweet intake.

Hypertension and Atherosclerosis are caused by Insulin: Insulin may only aggravate hypertension and atherosclerosis condition but these two diseases are caused by other factors and not by insulin.

Too much fruit is okay for Diabetic Patients: While fruits are considered to be very healthy because of the nutrients and minerals it contains, some fruits may have some contents that are not too good for diabetic patients.

Diabetics Must Stay Away From Bread, Potatoes, and Pastas: Breads, cereals, and pasta that are made of whole grains, brown rice, and vegetables that contain starches have high amounts of fiber and complex carbohydrates that are good for diabetics. Eating three or four servings of these types of food per day is recommended. Again, moderation is the important thing to keep in mind.

Chocolates; big no for diabetics: Because chocolates are sweets, it is also believed that these are bad for diabetic patients. In contrary to this, it is okay for diabetic patients to eat chocolates as long as these are eaten moderately.

Diabetics should stick to a Special meal exclusively for Diabetics: The reason why Diabetic diet is made is because diabetic patients find it hard to follow healthy diet. However, if you are a patient who can easily follow healthy diet, then there is no need for you to stick with special diabetic meal. Moreover, special diabetic meals can be very expensive especially to those who are not well-off.

Insulin can make a person fat: While it is true that insulin is a weight gain process, one can avoid gaining weight by practicing regular exercise and a healthy and balanced diet.

Adults are the only ones affected by Diabetes: Any person with a sedentary lifestyle may be prone to Type 2 Diabetes. These are the people with less mobility. Even children who do not move their body often may have Type 2 Diabetes. Nowadays, there are many things such as video games and computers and these things decrease the time spent for moving and exercises. Moreover, the availability of unhealthy foods in the market is rapidly increasing. Because parents are too busy to prepare healthy foods, children tend to eat junk foods and unhealthy foods such as those offered in the fast foods and other restaurants. Thus, Type 2 Diabetes may develop even in children.

Other Diseases are more likely to develop on Diabetic Patients: Diabetic patients are required to get anti-infection shots because infections may cause high blood sugar level and this condition is not good for diabetic patients.

The list of myths goes on and on, but you can plainly see that there are a wide variety of them. Some are silly while others are quite serious. Only by educating ourselves can these myths be put to rest once and for all.
About the Author
Julia Hanf author of the book How To Play the Diabetes Diet Game and Win Through a real life crisis Julia figured out how to live diabetes free. Visit http://www.yourdiabetescure.com and learn more about your solution for diabetes.
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