Diabetes is considered a silent killer. Let’s look at some myths and facts on Diabetes, which would help you understand and help manage your diabetes better.
MYTH: Diabetes is triggered by consuming sweets and sugar
FACT: Diabetes is not triggered by sweets and sugar but the inability of the body to process them. Although there is the relation between sugar and sweet intake and blood sugar levels, only eating sweets doesn’t cause diabetes. Frequent sugar intake leads to excess calories in the body. Gradually these excess calories get converted into fat and cause a person to gain weight and so the insulin that is produced by the pancreas is not sufficient for the entire body which leads to diabetes.
MYTH: If you don’t eat sugar, your blood sugar won’t rise
FACT: If you don’t eat sugar, it helps keep your blood sugar low but doesn’t guarantee that it won’t rise.
All the carbohydrates which we consume ultimately get converted into sugar in the body. Carbohydrates are found in the most amounts in bread, rice, chapatti, fruits and bakery products we eat.
MYTH: If you have diabetes, you can’t lead an active lifestyle.
FACT: You can definitely engage in physical activity, though please take the advice of experts before starting any exercise plan.
MYTH: Taking insulin means you have “failed.”
FACT: Starting Insulin doesn’t mean you’ve done a bad job. In fact, Starting Insulin will help you to better manage your diabetes which, in turn, lowers your risk of developing complications.
MYTH: Injecting insulin is painful.
FACT: If you take insulin injections, it doesn’t have to hurt. In fact, it shouldn’t hurt! Practice good injection technique and the experience will be virtually painless.
MYTH: Diabetes can be cured
FACT: Diabetes is a disorder and not a disease. It cannot be cured but it definitely can be well controlled. Ultimately what matters is to control your blood sugar levels so that they don’t have a bad effect on your body.