Diabetes Myths

  • 21 October 2013
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_By Shannon Pulusan_

Diabetes isn’t an airborne disease. It’s not contagious through physical contact. Each bite of your favorite chocolate bar isn’t necessarily a bite closer to diabetes. Even those who never indulge in sweets, who maintain a healthy weight, who exercise three times a week can genetically carry diabetes.

With approximately 8.3% of the U.S. population diagnosed with diabetes, it is important to get our facts straight about the disease. To avoid misconceptions, here are some diabetes myths debunked.

# Eating too much sugar causes diabetes.
Often times, people associate your favorite sweets to diabetes. Ever hear someone says “Don’t buy that candy! It’s a bag of diabetes!”? Though too much of anything is a dangerous habit, diabetes isn’t simply caused by one indulgence. Type I diabetes stems from genetics and environmental factors while Type II occurs when cells are resistant to insulin. To avoid Type II diabetes, be sure to limit your sweet indulgences and maintain healthy eating and exercise.
# Only diabetics require insulin.
Insulin is necessary for diabetics and non-diabetics alike to maintain the amount of sugar in the bloodstream. Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas enabling sugar to enter the cells for energy. While healthy individuals produce the right amount of insulin required for the body, diabetics either produce too little or none at all. Patients use insulin pumps or insulin injections to get the ample amount of this essential hormone.
While we’re on the topic, insulin is not a cure for diabetes.
# Diabetes isn’t a serious life-threatening disease.
We wish this was a true statement. However, according to the American Diabetes Association, “diabetes causes more deaths a year than breast cancer and AIDS combined.” In fact, diabetes is strongly linked to stroke and heart disease.
To avoid these complications and statistics, diabetics are advised to manage a routine of healthy dieting and exercise.
# You can outgrow diabetes.
Unfortunately, diabetes does not simply disappear. In Type I, the immune system destroys insulin producing cells in the pancreas. Patients must depend on insulin to facilitate pancreatic functions. Though Type II diabetes is manageable with healthy eating and exercise, patients will always have a tendency towards having high blood sugar levels.
# Only people who are overweight or obese are diagnosed with diabetes.
Unfortunately, diabetes does not simply disappear. In Type I, the immune system destroys insulin producing cells in the pancreas. Patients must depend on insulin to facilitate pancreatic functions. Though Type II diabetes is manageable with healthy eating and exercise, patients will always have a tendency towards having high blood sugar levels.

To find out the reality of diabetes beyond common myths, visit "American Diabetes Association - Diabetes Myths":http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/diabetes-myths/ .

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