Separating the Diabetes Myths from the Facts
When it comes to a widespread condition like diabetes, it’s difficult to decipher the truth from the actual facts. The goal of Jewish Diabetes Care is to equip diabetes patients and their families with the most accurate information possible, helping to better cope with this life-altering disease. Here are some common myths about diabetes explained.
Myth: Individuals with diabetes can’t eat sweets or chocolate.
Fact: If included as a part of a healthy meal plan or combined with exercise, sweets and desserts can be eaten by diabetics. Those foods are no more “off limits” to individuals with diabetes than to those without.
Myth: Eating too much sugar causes diabetes.
Fact: Eating too much sugar does not cause diabetes. Diabetes is caused by a combination of genetic and lifestyle factors. However, being overweight does increase the risk for developing Type 2 diabetes. If you have a history of diabetes in your family, following a healthy meal plan and regularly exercising are recommended to help manage your weight.
Myth: Individuals with diabetes are more likely to get colds and other illnesses.
Fact: You are no more likely to get a cold or other illness if you have diabetes. However, diabetics are advised to get annual flu shots. This is because any infection interferes with the body’s blood glucose management, putting you at risk of high blood glucose levels and, for those with Type 1 diabetes, an increased risk of ketoacidosis, a serious complication of diabetes.
Myth: Insulin causes diabetes to worsen and complications to increase.
Fact: Both the United Kingdom Prospective Diabetes Study (UKPDS) and the Diabetes Control & Complications Trial (DCCT) has shown that good control of blood glucose can decrease the risk of developing complications. Insulin can help achieve good glucose control.
For more information about diabetes or to register for a class with Jewish Diabetes Care, please call (502) 361-6025.