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Ten Common Myths About Diabetes

Spring 2011

Here are ten of the most well-known misconceptions about diabetes and the facts to dispell them.

Misconception 1: Overeating Sugar Causes Diabetes

What makes diabetes happen? The reasons are certainly not totally understood. What's known is that simply overeating sugar isn't likely to cause diabetes. Instead, diabetes begins when something disrupts your capacity to turn foods into energy.

To know what goes on when you've got diabetes, keep these things in your mind: Your system reduces a lot of foods into glucose, a sort of sugar necessary to power your cells. A hormone called insulin is created inside the pancreas. Insulin helps cells in your body use glucose for fuel.

Listed below are the most typical forms of diabetes and what researchers know about:

  • Type 1 diabetes happens when the pancreas cannot make insulin.
  • Type 2 diabetes takes place when the pancreas won't make enough insulin, the insulin doesn't work properly, or both.
  • Gestational diabetes occurs in pregnancy in certain women.

Misconception 2: You Will Find a Lot of Rules Inside a Diabetes Diet

When you have diabetes, you need to plan your diet. However the general principal is not hard: Following a "diabetes diet" means choosing food that may work with your activities and any medications to help keep your glucose levels as near to normalcy as it can be.

Misconception 3: Carbohydrates Could Be Unhealthy for Diabetes

Actually, carbohydrates are great for diabetes. They make up the foundation of a normal diabetes diet.

Carbohydrates possess the greatest impact on blood sugar, and that's why you are required to observe the number of carbohydrates you take in when following a diabetes diet.

Misconception 4: Protein Is Preferable to Carbohydrates for Diabetes

The major problem is always that many foods abundant with protein, for instance meat, can also be full of saturated fats. Overeating those fats increases your risk of cardiovascular disease. Inside a diabetes diet, protein should account for about 15% to 20% of the total calories you take in every day.

Misconception 5: It Is Possible to Adjust Your Diabetes Drugs to "Cover" Anything You Eat

If you are using insulin for your diabetes, you might figure out how to adjust the total amount and type you take to fit the quantity of what you eat. But it doesn't mean you can eat just as much as you desire, then just use more drugs to stabilize your blood glucose level.

Misconception 6: You Will Need to Stop Trying Your Preferred Foods

There's no reason to quit your chosen foods on the diabetes diet.

Misconception 7: You Will Need to Quit Desserts When You Have Diabetes

Not the case! You are able to develop many approaches for including desserts in the diabetes diet. For example:

  • Use low-calorie sweeteners in desserts.
  • Reduce the quantity of dessert. By way of example, as an alternative to two scoops of soft ice cream, have one. Or share a dessert with a friend.

Misconception 8: Low-Calorie Sweeteners Are Dangerous for Those Who Have Diabetes

Sugar substitutes tend to be sweeter compared to the equivalent volume of sugar, therefore it takes a reduced amount of them to have the same sweetness present in sugar. This will cause eating fewer calories than when you use sugar.

Misconception 9: You Have to Eat Special Diabetic Meals

The real difference from a diabetes diet as well as your family's "normal" weight loss program is this: For those who have diabetes, you should monitor everything you eat a little more closely. Including the quantity of calories you eat and the amounts and varieties of carbohydrates, fats, and protein you take in.

Misconception 10: Diet Foods Are the Most Useful Options for Diabetes

Just because a meal is defined as a "diet" food does not always mean it's a better option for those who have diabetes. In reality, "diet" foods may be expensive and no much healthier than foods found in the "regular" areas of the food store, or foods you prepare yourself.

And you? Still looking over this article? Move out and enjoy your daily diet!

Dorothy B. Kato creates for the Diabetic Menus (, her personal hobby blog that shares ideas to help individuals to prevent/manage diabetes and help spread the focus on healthy eating.

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