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Diabetes Myths Debunked

Apr 1, 2019 by Ian Bongaardt

In the United States, there are many people who are diabetic or prediabetic, and nearly many myths about diabetes. For example, the myth that eating too much sugar causes diabetes. Actually, Type 1 diabetes is caused by genetics and unknown factors that trigger the onset of the disease, while Type 2 diabetes is caused by genetics and lifestyle factors. It is important to note however, that research has shown that drinking sugary drinks is linked to type 2 diabetes. Seniors should be sure to limit these drinks while maintaining a balanced diet and exercising for optimal health.

Let’s Look at some Diabetes Myths!

Myth: You’ll know if you have diabetes by the symptoms.

Fact: Some people with type 2 diabetes have symptoms so mild that they go unnoticed. In fact, while 1 in 11 Americans has it, 1 in 4 adults with diabetes doesn’t know it. The following symptoms of diabetes are typical:

  • Frequent urination
  • Feeling very thirsty
  • Tingling, pain, or numbness in the hands/feet (type 2)
  • Weight loss, even though you are eating more (type 1)
  • Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal

Myth: Having diabetes is not that serious.

Fact: Diabetes causes more deaths a year than breast cancer and AIDS combined, and almost doubles your chance of having a heart attack. However, controlling diabetes can reduce your risks for its complications.

Myth: Special diabetic foods should be eaten by people with diabetes.

Fact: People with diabetes benefit from the same healthy diet that is good for everyone else: plenty of whole grains and fruits and vegetables, with a limited amount of fat and refined sugar. Diabetic and "dietetic" foods generally offer no special benefit. Most still raise blood glucose levels, are more expensive, and can also have a laxative effect if they contain sugar alcohols.

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If you’d like to learn more about diabetes and diabetes prevention, our in home care service options, or would like to schedule your free in home consultation, please visit us online anytime or call us at (267) 293-7434.

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