Debunking 5 Common Diabetes Myths
Diabetes is a complicated, chronic disease in which the body is not able to regulate the amount of sugar in the blood. If you have diabetes or know of someone who has it, you may certainly have many questions about the same.
Here’s busting the top 5 myths on diabetes…
Consuming sugar causes diabetes
Diabetes being a chronic disease is characterized by high blood sugar levels, and it is obvious that many people think eating sugar can cause diabetes. But eating sugar does not cause diabetes directly, The real culprits are sugary foods! By consuming a sugary diet, you are more prone to being overweight and getting obese which are risk factors for type 2 diabetes.
Diabetes is not a serious disease.
As per statistics, more than 74 million people living in India are diabetes patients which is the second-highest after China. Because diabetes is common, most people think that it is not a serious disease but that is not true. As there is no cure for diabetes, it can arise a lot more complications, cardiovascular disease, nerve damage, kidney damage, blindness, skin conditions, and hearing impairment if a diabetic person does not manage it well.
Diabetes leads to amputation or blindness
It is true that in some cases, diabetes may lead to blindness or amputation, but for individuals who manage their condition carefully, these situations are rare and can be preventable.
There are several risk factors like being overweight, smoking, obesity, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, etc, that can increase the likelihood of undergoing diabetes related complications.
Diabetes is curable with herbal or natural products
As mentioned previously, there is no cure for diabetes and hence any claims that a product can cure diabetes are false. Most natural or herbal products offer little to no benefits and cannot be a standalone treatment. Herbal supplements can interact with prescribed medicines and may not necessarily be safe but toxic.
Therefore, it is recommended to consult with a health professional first before starting any herbal supplements if you’re already on diabetic medicines.
You can’t eat fruits if you have diabetes
Although there are no forbidden fruits on a diabetic-friendly diet, you should ideally opt for fruits that are low in sugar such as berries, apples, grapefruit, etc. It’s true that some fruits contain more natural sugars, but you can enjoy any of them if you stick to proper portion sizes.
Diabetes is surely a challenging condition to manage initially, but after debunking these myths, you will find that a diabetes-friendly diet does not have to be restrictive. It is essential that you consult your doctor to develop a healthy eating plan that also keeps your blood sugar in check.
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