One of the most misunderstood health challenges is Diabetes. there are too many diabetes myths spread by people, creating fear and anxiety. As a result, a lot of people There are too many lies and wrong information about Diabetes mellitus that is making people to be scared and make a lot of wrong decisions.
It is time to let you know the truth and be free from the mental bondage of fear and anxiety
Our focus is on Diabetes mellitus which is more prevalent in the world.
What causes diabetes?
The major cause of diabetes is lack of insufficient production of insulin (either absolutely or relative to the body’s needs), production of defective insulin, or the inability of cells to use insulin properly and efficiently leads to hyperglycemia and diabetes.
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What are some interesting facts about Diabetes.
Here are key facts according to WHO
- The number of people with diabetes rose from 108 million in 1980 to 422 million in 2014. Prevalence has been rising more rapidly in low- and middle-income countries than in high-income countries.
- Diabetes is a major cause of blindness, kidney failure, heart attacks, stroke and lower limb amputation.
- Between 2000 and 2016, there was a 5% increase in premature mortality from diabetes.
- In 2019, diabetes was the ninth leading cause of death with an estimated 1.5 million deaths directly caused by diabetes.
- A healthy diet, regular physical activity, maintaining a normal body weight and avoiding tobacco use are ways to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes.
- Diabetes can be treated and its consequences avoided or delayed with diet, physical activity, medication and regular screening and treatment for complications.
Diabetes myth1: Eating sweets will cause Diabetes.
FACT: The body’s inability to produce insulin to digest carbohydrates causes diabetes. Eating sweets or sweet food may not cause diabetes, but a diet high in sugar and fat can lead to obesity, consequently increasing the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Diabetes myth 2: Diabetes can be cured.
FACT: Diabetes can only be prevented not cured.
Diabetes myth 3: Diabetes affect only certain class of people.
Fact: Diabetes affects people irrespective of their financial status, gender, age, educational status, religion, etc.
Diabetes myth 4: None of my parents have diabetes, therefore I cannot develop the disease.
Fact: Diabetes is hereditary but many people still develop the diseases as a result of poor diet.
Diabetes myth 5: Diabetics Should Avoid Carbohydrates.
Fact: People who have diabetes can and should eat carbohydrates. The most important thing is the size of carbohydrates in the diet. Carbohydrates are the source of energy.
Diabetes myth 6: People with diabetes eat a special diet.
Fact: People with diabetes do not need any special food or supplements. They can eat the same foods everyone eats. But should avoid foods high in fat, sugar, and sodium.
Diabetes myth 7: Diabetes should avoid exercise.
Fact: Regular exercise helps to control diabetes by making the body more sensitive to Insulin.
Benefits of exercise include:
- Improvement in your blood sugar levels.
- Improvement in your fitness.
- Your weight is better manage your weight.
- Reduces your risk of heart disease and stroke.
- Improvement in your well-being.
But it is very important you consult your health care provider before you start any form of exercise.
Diabetes myth 8: Herbs can cure diabetes.
Fact: Herbs like Bitter leaves, Mistletoe can help lower high blood sugar but cannot cure diabetes.
Diabetes myth 9: Patients on insulin have more serious diabetes than those on oral medications.
Fact: Patients who have Type 1 diabetes need insulin injections while those with Type 2 diabetes need oral medications. Some others may need both insulin and oral drugs.
Diabetes myth 10: While on medication, you can eat what you want.
Fact: Taking medications does not give you the liberty to eat indiscriminately. Some foods can actually cause an increase in blood sugar.
Diabetes myth11: I can stop taking medications once my blood sugar is under control.
Fact: You are to continue to use your medications even if your blood sugar is normal. The medications only help to lower your blood sugar. Once you stop taking your medications, your blood sugar will shoot up.
Diabetes myth11: There is a fixed quantity of food i need to eat.
Fact: There is no fixed meal for diabetes. Your nutritionist will tailor your meal according to your age, gender, occupation, religion, etc. The meal of a well-digger will differ from a business executive.
We provide the medical information provided in this article as an information resource only. This information does not create any patient-physician relationship and should not be used as a substitute for professional diagnosis and treatment.