Diabetes is a long-term (chronic) disease in which the body cannot regulate the amount of glucose (sugar) in the blood. Diabetes is a complicated disease. If you have diabetes, or know anyone who has it, you may have questions about the disease. There are many popular myths about diabetes and its management. Here are some facts you should know about diabetes.
Diabetes is on the rise worldwide, and is a serious, lifelong disease that can lead to heart disease, stroke, and lasting nerve, eye and foot problems. Let’s talk about diabetes and the difference between the three types of diabetes. So, what exactly is diabetes and where does it come from? An organ in your body called the pancreas produces insulin, a hormone that controls the levels of your blood sugar. When you have too little insulin in your body, or when insulin doesn’t work right in your body, you can have diabetes, the condition where you have abnormally high glucose or sugar levels in your blood. Normally when you eat food, glucose enters your bloodstream. Glucose is your body’s source of fuel. Your pancreas makes insulin to move glucose from your bloodstream into muscle, fat, and liver cells, where your body turns it into energy. People with diabetes have too much blood sugar because their body cannot move glucose into fat, liver, and muscle cells to be changed into and stored for energy.
There are three major types of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes happens when the body makes little or no insulin. It usually is diagnosed in children, teens, or young adults. But about 80% of people with diabetes have what’s called Type 2 diabetes. This disease often occurs in middle adulthood, but young adults, teens, and now even children are now being diagnosed with it linked to high obesity rates. In Type 2 diabetes, your fat, liver, and muscle cells do not respond to insulin appropriately. Another type of diabetes is called gestational diabetes. It’s when high blood sugar develops during pregnancy in a woman who had not had diabetes beforehand.
Do you often get confused by sayings such as “whether eating too many sweets leads to diabetes”? These are some of the myths built up by the misconception of the common people. Let us clear your doubts.
People due to a misconception about many things lead others in the wrong way. But that cannot be right you know? People often say take this food and your diabetes will get cured, now these are absolutely not right. No food can cure you of diabetes, as it may only give some protection to you or help to stabilize your metabolic systems.
Here are some common myths about diabetes management:
Eating sugar causes diabetes: While eating too much sugar can contribute to weight gain, which is a risk factor for type 2 diabetes, it does not directly cause diabetes.
People with diabetes can’t eat sweets: People with diabetes can still enjoy sweets in moderation as part of a healthy meal plan.
Insulin use means poor diabetes management: Insulin is a common treatment for diabetes and does not indicate poor management of the disease.
Herbal treatments can cure diabetes: There is no cure for diabetes, and while some herbal treatments may help manage symptoms, they cannot cure the disease.
People with diabetes need special foods: People with diabetes can eat a healthy, balanced diet like anyone else and do not need special “diabetes-friendly” foods.
Diabetes is not a serious disease: Diabetes is a serious disease that can lead to complications such as blindness, amputations, and heart disease if not managed properly.
Only people with obesity get diabetes: While obesity is a risk factor for type 2 diabetes, people of any weight can develop the disease.
Diabetes is contagious: Diabetes is not contagious and cannot be passed from person to person like a virus or bacteria.
It’s important to separate fact from fiction when it comes to managing diabetes. Working with a healthcare team and following a personalized diabetes management plan can help reduce the risk of complications and improve overall health.
I hope this helps dispel some of the myths you have heard about diabetes and controlling diabetes. Remember, knowledge is power. The more you learn about diabetes, the better off you’ll be. If you have not attended a diabetes education program consider doing so. Got it? We are sure there are many more in your mind. So quickly send your doubts to us and here we are to help you out.