5 Myths and facts about diabetes you must know

Don’t believe in everything you hear about diabetes. Let’s clear your confusion. 

Diabetes is a prevalent and complex medical condition characterized by high levels of blood sugar that affects millions of people worldwide. In the realm of diabetes, there are numerous myths and misconceptions that often cloud the understanding of this condition. These misconceptions can be not only misleading but also harmful, as they may deter individuals from seeking appropriate care or taking necessary precautions. In this section, we will dispel some common myths and provide evidence-based facts to promote a clearer and more accurate understanding of diabetes and its management. 

1. Myth: You must avoid sugar at all costs [1]

Fact: As long as you plan and keep hidden sugar intake to a minimum, you can indulge in your favorite delicacies. Desserts don’t have to be off bounds if they are included in a balanced diet.

5 Myths and facts about diabetes

2. Myth: I was told I have diabetes, so now I’ll have to eat a special diet [2]

Fact: Individuals who have diabetes consume the same foods as everyone else. However, it is advised that fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes be the main sources of carbohydrates for those who have diabetes. Avoid foods heavy in sugar, fat, and sodium.

3. Myth: It is not safe to exercise with diabetes [2]

Fact: Exercise on a regular basis is crucial for diabetes management. The sensitivity of your body to insulin is increased with exercise. Aiming for at least 150 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous exercise per week such as brisk walking is a reasonable target.

5 Myths and facts about diabetes

4. Myth: People with diabetes shouldn’t eat fruit [3]

Fact: Fruit is a healthy option and should make up a sizable portion of a diet that is well-balanced and includes vegetables. Fruit has more natural sugars than vegetables, but it still has less sugar than baked goods, biscuits, and cakes. In addition, fruit has fiber and other minerals.

5. Myth: Diabetes is caused by eating too much sugar [3]

Fact: Dietary or lifestyle factors are not the cause of type 1 diabetes. It occurs when the immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. Being overweight or obese increases your risk of having diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes is mainly the result of two problems. Cells in muscle, fat and the liver become resistant to insulin. As a result, the cells don’t take in enough sugar. The pancreas can’t make enough insulin to keep blood sugar levels within a healthy range. 

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