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Diabetes Fact or Fiction

admin - June 29, 2013

diabetes facts and fiction

Even though diabetes is one of the most prevalent diseases in the United States, false assumptions about the condition are out there. For instance, are you under the impression that people with diabetes can’t eat anything sweet? This is a myth. People with diabetes can eat sweets, they just have to be careful about the amount of sweets they consume.

Let’s get to the bottom of some other common diabetes myths below.

Fiction: If you eat too much sugar, you’ll eventually get diabetes.
Fact: Eating too much sugar is not the cause of diabetes. Rather, the development of the disease is thought to be caused by a combination of both genetic and lifestyle factors. Plus, having a high level of sugar in the bloodstream isn’t the same as the refined sugar you buy at the grocery store. However, eating too much sugar can lead to being overweight or obese, which can contribute to the development of diabetes.

Fiction: People with diabetes have to eat different diets than people without diabetes.
Fact: Individuals who have diabetes should eat healthy diets that contain well-rounded foods, like whole-grains, lean protein, vegetables and fruit. This is the same type of diet that we should all strive to eat.

Fiction: Diabetes is contagious.
Fact: No, you can’t “catch” diabetes from someone else. It is not an infectious or contagious disease. Although the exact cause of diabetes is not yet known, we do know that it cannot be spread from person to person.

Fiction: There are two types of diabetes – type 1 and type 2.
Fact: Actually, there are more than two types of diabetes. The main types include type 1, type 2, and gestational. Gestational diabetes develops only during pregnancy.

Fiction: Only people with diabetes need insulin.
Fact: Every human needs insulin, regardless of whether they have diabetes or not. Insulin helps the body convert food into energy and without it, our bodies cannot function properly. Another important point to note is that diabetes patients use insulin to help manage their diabetes. It is not a cure for diabetes.

Fiction: You can’t prevent diabetes complications.
Fact: Every person with diabetes has the power to help prevent or delay diabetes complications through self-care treatment that keeps blood sugar levels under control. Having regular medical checkups can also help prevent dangerous diabetes complications from developing.


Diabetes Screenings

Because there is no known cure for diabetes, it is important to do everything you can to lower your risk factors for the disease before it develops. Proactivity can influence your health in a positive way.

Life Line Screening offers glucose screenings that help individuals learn if their blood sugar levels are normal, moderately high, or very high according to the American Diabetes Association guidelines. People over age 45 should have a glucose screening every 3 years, especially those with high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels.

Learn more about what diabetes screenings can reveal about the state of your health. Don’t wait until you’re faced with a disease that you will have to deal with for the rest of your life. Take preventive action now.


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