understanding-diabetesDiabetes is a disease that many people really do not want to hear about. This has given rise to a lot of misunderstandings about diabetes. Of course, most people will never learn much about it unless they are told they are borderline getting it or have already got it. Here are some common myths that are floating around and the correct answers to them.

The first myth is that diabetics must eat special foods as part of their diet. There is no such thing as special foods for diabetics. The truth is that he or she can eat the same thing as everyone else – just not as much of it. There also needs to be a good balance of vegetables, fruits, meats and carbohydrates. It is more the amount of food than anything else.

Next there is the one that says, diabetics can never eat sweets or anything with a lot of sugar in it again.Once again, a diabetic can eat the same foods as anyone else – including occasional sweets. What a diabetic needs to watch is the amount of sweets and carbohydrates consumed at each meal.

Another one is that you will get diabetes if you eat a lot of sugar. The kids will like this one – you cannot get diabetes from eating a lot of sugar. Other conditions, however, are likely to cause diabetes. Three conditions that are most likely to bring about diabetes are being overweight, having high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. These cause a
situation called metabolic syndrome and if it is allowed to continue, can result in diabetes.

Then there is the one that says, if you ever get diabetes you will know it. Diabetes does not always announce itself when it arrives. For this reason it is often referred to as a silent disease. This makes it very important for you to have regular blood tests especially if you are overweight. Damage to your organs, however, may be occurring even if you do not know you have it. This is a good one. Exercise will make diabetes worse.

Exercise does not make diabetes worse. There are, however, certain symptoms or conditions that you may have as a result of the diabetes. This may not make it wise to do certain types of exercise. Generally, though, exercise of some kind becomes almost mandatory in the control of diabetes. This one is scary. Once you get diabetes, you have to take
insulin shots every day.Diabetes does not at all mean that someone must have insulin shots. In its early stages, it is possible to control diabetes simply by eating right and losing a few extra pounds. Another method is taking pills that help control the blood sugar levels. A doctor will need to help decide what will work best for each person.

Last on the list is, diabetes can only be controlled medically. People are often relieved to learn that diabetes can be
controlled sometimes just by watching what and how much you eat. Generally this requires getting some instruction about what kinds of foods and how much at each meal. While meal sizes usually need to be reduced, there are also in-between snacks to balance sugar levels and stave off hunger – which works well and may keep diabetes away for many years.


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