The chances of you receiving the wrong information about diabetes are high. Indeed, the very first step in treating diabetes should be knowing the condition well and learning facts that will help you to keep it under control. Here you will find out which traditional diet, exercise, weight gain and other information is true and vice versa. You can read this guide to start a genuine on-topic discussion with your doctor.
Diabetes – Not a Serious Disease
This is completely wrong. The truth is that diabetes is a very serious disease. Indeed, it is categorized as a chronic disease. It is true that diabetes is controllable, but it is still responsible for more deaths in a year than AIDS and cancer combined on a global scale. It is also a fact that 2 out of 3 diabetes patients die from heart disease or stroke.
Diabetes – More Like a Death Sentence
This is not true at all. In fact, it is in your hands to let it become serious or keep it under control. According to studies done on many diabetics, it is found that many believe that diabetes is due to genetic reasons. However, the doctors say that diabetic patients should not think that they are helpless victims of this disease. Instead, they should try to balance their lifestyle with timely practices for healthy diet, rest and workout.
Diabetes – Due to Obese or Overweight
Diabetes has nothing to do with overweight or obese conditions as there are many diabetics with a normal weight, while many overweight people are leading a diabetes-free life. It can’t be denied completely that weight is one of the causes of diabetes, but this fact is not one-sided as there are other factors that work in combination with weight to cause diabetes; for example, family background is a major one.
Diabetes – Don’t Do Much Exercise or You’ll Have a Low Blood Sugar Attack
This is partially true as if you are on insulin or other medication that causes insulin increase in the body, you are advised to do balanced exercise and have a balanced diet. However, many type 2 diabetics are taking medications other than insulin; they are taking commonly used oral diabetes medications as Metformin and Sitagliptin that are totally safe from causing low blood sugar, irrelevant of the amount of exercise that is conducted. Indeed, a fact is that exercise is essential for diabetes and weight control.
Diabetes – Insulin is Harmful
Other diabetics have also been found saying that they don’t want to be on insulin as their relatives died due to it. This is a pure myth and such people need to get out of this kind of mindset. Basically, those people who are diagnosed with very common type 2 diabetes have enough insulin in their bodies, but the problem is that the insulin doesn’t function properly. As an outcome, their bodies cannot absorb glucose from the food eaten, directly affecting pancreas that usually produces sufficient insulin. This is why such people need injections.
I hope the above mentioned myths about diabetes, its causes, the use of insulin, family history, weight problems and different medications have educated you regarding what the real truth is about diabetes and all its related aspects.
Anupam Ghose, a physician by training, was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) in 2017. After the diagnosis of T2DM, he followed a low carbohydrate high fat diet and reversed his T2DM within a year. Now he has one main goal in life. Yes, it is to make people understand that the conventional method of treating T2DM is not beneficial. The best way to reverse T2DM is through diet and lifestyle modification. He decided to help people suffering from T2DM in their new journey by offering consultations and working together with them in order to achieve a T2DM free life.