According to the WHO statistics, India has the highest number of diabetics. The good news is that having a mix of the right type of diet and regular exercise on a daily basis can keep this in control.
The one problem about understanding diabetes is that almost everyone gives you some or the other advice, which may or may not be true.
Here are some of the most common myths related to diabetes, that many people actually believe is true.
1. Myth – Eating sugar can give you diabetes
Fact: Eating sugar does not make you a diabetic, but it does increase your weight and may increase your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Those who are obese or overweight have a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
2. Myth – Diabetes happens to only those who are fat
Fact: Those who are overweight or obese are more likely to get type 2 diabetes as compared to those who have better managed their weight.
However, almost 20 percent of people who have type 2 diabetes either have normal weight or are underweight.
3. Myth – Type 2 diabetes is not very serious
Fact: Diabetes, whether type 1 or type 2, needs to be taken care of seriously. If type 2 diabetes is not managed properly it can cause a number of serious health complications. Following your medication and food plan and getting your levels checked regularly will help you better manage the situation.
4. Myth – Diabetes can make you blind
Fact: Most people who have diabetes can lead very happy and healthy lives by managing their weight and religiously following their food and medicine plan as suggested by the doctor. It is true that in some cases, diabetes can lead to vision loss, but this is only in few cases and especially in those who do not manage it well.
5. Myth – You should not exercise or play sports if you have diabetes
Fact: If you have diabetes, your doctor will in fact suggest that you maintain an active lifestyle and try and include some form of exercise or play some sport every day. This will also help to keep your weight in check and may help in reversing diabetes as well.
6. Myth – If you have diabetes you always need insulin
Fact: Most people who have type 1 diabetes never need insulin, and even those who have type 2 diabetes do not always require insulin. Out of all the adults who have diabetes, only about 14 percent are required to take insulin.
7. Myth – Insulin injections are very painful
Fact: The needles used for insulin injections are very small and will barely hurt, and are also painless in most cases. Many patients feel that the finger pricks used while taking a blood sample are more painful than insulin injections. Also, the latest insulin injector pens are absolutely painless too.
8. Myth – Diabetes causes erectile dysfunction
Fact: Diabetes does not cause erectile dysfunction, but if you have diabetes, and if your blood sugar levels are also very high, it could interfere with your sexual life. Those who do not manage their diabetes may suffer from erectile dysfunction, vaginal dryness, or low libido.
While there are many myths surrounding diabetes, it is always important to get your facts checked from your doctor. Also, your doctor will share a meal plan with you that should be followed along with the prescribed medication and activities, so follow those as much as you can.