Diabetes is a metabolic disease in which the body either does not produce enough insulin, or because cells do not respond to the insulin that is produced causing to high blood sugar. Frequent urination, increased thirst and increased hunger are symptoms of a person who might be having this disease.
There are many opinions and statements I have been hearing about this disease, so I did some researching and compiled some of the myths and facts about it.
Myth: People with diabetes can never eat sweets.
Fact: Sweets can be eaten with moderation, limiting to eat them but not necessarily eliminated is the appropriate term. For kids with Diabetes, they can eat a certain amount of sweet food as part of their balanced diet.
Myth: A person who eats too much sugar is prone to diabetes.
Fact: Chocolate fanatics are not destined to develop diabetes. The type 1 diabetes disease is caused by a destruction of the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas, which is unrelated to sugar consumption, while the type 2 is genetically inherited in most cases. If you are overweight, then it can increase the risk for developing type 2 diabetes because eating a lot of sugar can pack on the pounds.
Myth: Diabetes is infectious.
Fact: Diabetes is not contagious. You can’t catch it from another person like a cold or a flu. Although researchers think that getting type 1 diabetes may be triggered by something in the environment, like a virus, most people who get type 1 diabetes have inherited genes that make them more susceptible to the disease. If a family member has the condition, you’re at higher risk for the disease.
Myth: Insulin is the wonder drug for diabetes.
Fact: Taking insulin helps manage diabetes, but doesn’t cure it. It helps keep blood sugar levels under control, but taking insulin does not necessarily mean it will cure and correct the underlying cause.
Myth: Exercise is a No-no for Diabetics
Fact: Exercise helps diabetics to maintain ideal weight and prevents from gaining excess body fat. It has been proven as a key factor in diabetes treatment plan.
Myth: People diagnosed with diabetes are condemned
Fact: Diabetics are not doomed; they can still do and lead a normal active life. Diabetes does not rule out having fun and enjoying life. They can still travel and do their pasttime activities as long as they follow their treatment regimen.