Fact or Myth?!
Diabetes is one of the most common chronic diseases. Therefore, almost everyone knows everything about diabetes. Particularly those who don’t have it. Very often family members, friends, and even strangers think they know all about your diabetes and are quick to judge you or give you advice.
There are hundreds of myths regarding diabetes. Here are some of the common ones.
FACT: Up to 80% of type 2 Diabetes is preventable by changing diet, increasing physical activity and improving the living environment.
FACT: Diabetes is a global killer, rivaling HIV/AIDS in its deadly reach. According to International Diabetes Federation, diabetes kills more than 4 million people a year. Having diabetes nearly doubles your chance of having a heart attack. Every 7 seconds, a person dies from diabetes-related causes.
FACT: Fruit is a healthy. It contains fiber and lots of vitamins and minerals. But it also contain carbohydrate which raises the blood sugar.
FACT: Obesity is a risk factor for developing diabetes. However, other risk factors include family history, ethnicity and age. Most overweight people never develop type 2 diabetes, and many people with type 2 diabetes are at a normal weight or only moderately overweight.
FACT: A healthy meal plan for diabetic patient is generally the same as a healthy person. This includes low in saturated and trans-fat, moderate in salt and sugar. Besides that, meals based on lean protein, non-starchy vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats and fruit. “Diabetic” foods generally offer no special benefit. Most of them still raise blood glucose levels. Moreover, they are usually more expensive and can also have a laxative effect if they contain sugar alcohols.
FACT: Diabetic patient can take sweets or chocolate as part of a healthy meal plan, or combined with exercise. The key is to have a very small portion and save them for special occasions. This way you can focus more on eating healthy.
FACT: Exercise helps control blood sugar, weight, blood pressure and cholesterol levels. However, workouts can sometimes lower blood sugar too much. As a result, this will lead to hypoglycemia, especially in people who take insulin or certain long-acting oral medications. To help prevent it, don’t work out on an empty stomach and stay hydrated. Exercise merely needs to be balanced with medicine and carbohydrate intake to maintain healthy blood sugar levels.
Written by: Dr. Shashini Asokumaran