Diabetes information is widespread, both from doctors and on the Internet, but not all of it is true. It is often difficult to distinguish the right information from wrong. Therefore, this page is supposed to show the top ten of the most common myths about diabetes.
Here are the biggest type 2 diabetes myths:
Myth 1: I can’t eat sweets when I have diabetes.
Fact: In the past, it was actually common for diabetics to eat exactly according to plan. Today this is no longer recommended. Today, an individual diet plan is recommended for everyone. Today the focus is more on moderation and portion control. The diabetic may also “sin” sometimes if he adheres to his diet plan on a large scale. Not everything that tastes should be forbidden. This only leads to new problems. In the ideal case, no food should be forbidden, which eats the family regularly.
Myth 2: If a food is sugar-free, it does not increase my blood sugar level.
Fact: Carbohydrates actually play an important role in blood sugar levels. So if you are on a sugar-free diet but consume a lot of carbohydrates, you may still have problems. (High-carbohydrate foods include fruit juice, bagels, bananas, and processed low-fiber cereals.)
Myth 3: If I follow my treatment plan, I will never have a high (or low) blood sugar level.
Fact: Not only diet has an influence on blood sugar levels, but also many environmental influences. Family difficulties or even dreams can influence the blood sugar level. It is also important to become more conscious, to improve your lifestyle and to regularly measure your blood sugar level.
Myth 4: Type 2 diabetes is a mild disease.
Fact: This diabetes myth is widely repeated, but of course it is not true. No form of diabetes is simple. If type 2 diabetes is badly treated, it can lead to serious (even life-threatening) complications.
Good control of diabetes can significantly reduce the risk of complications, but that does not mean that the disease itself is not serious.
Myth 5: Overweight and obesity can cause diabetes.
Fact: Overweight or obesity is a risk factor for type 2 diabetes, but not a direct cause. It can happen that overweight people do not develop type 2 diabetes, while some people with healthy weight develop type 2 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is unavoidable and is not caused by obesity, physical inactivity or other lifestyle factors.
About 20% of people with type 2 diabetes have normal weight or underweight.
Myth 6: People with diabetes should eat only diabetic food.
Fact: Diabetic diet is one of the most common myths of the last decade. The term “diabetic” is often used on sweets. Sugar alcohols or other sweeteners are often used instead of sugar. Diabetic foods often influence blood sugar levels, are expensive and can also cause unwanted side effects.
Myth 7: Taking insulin is difficult.
Fact: With the right practice it is not. Learning to inject and adjust insulin can seem difficult, but it can be learned up to an age of 10 to 100 years.
Myth 8: I have to eat small, frequent meals because I have diabetes.
Fact: The right diet is very individual. For example, some diabetics have normal blood sugar when they go to bed and high blood sugar when they wake up – although they do not eat all night. Others have an immediate increase in blood sugar as soon as they eat. In the last example, it wouldn’t be a good idea to eat several small meals a day. Work with your doctor, certified diabetes educator or registered dietician to find the best approach to timing your meals for your diabetes.
Myth 9: Exercising in diabetes only increases the chances of low blood sugar.
Fact: Don’t think that just because you have diabetes can skip your workout! Exercise is critical to controlling diabetes. If you are on insulin or a medication that increases insulin production in the body, you need to balance exercise with your medication and diet. Talk to your doctor about creating a training program that’s right for you and your body.
Myth 10: Only people with type 1 diabetes need insulin?
Fact: People suffering from type 1 diabetes are dependent on insulin replacement. They have to check their blood sugar levels several times a day. On the other hand, type 2 is a progressive disorder. 50% of people with type 2 diabetes need insulin 6-10 years after being diagnosed with diabetes because the pancreas produces less insulin over a longer period of time. Taking medication as needed can lead to fewer complications in the long term and is part of the treatment of type 2 diabetes.
Myth 11: Women with diabetes should not become pregnant.
Fact: Women who are managing their diabetes properly can have a normal pregnancy and have a healthy baby.
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