The world today has been really advanced. There are many technologies and information available. However, despite the advancement and high technology, there are still many traditional beliefs about diabetes. These beliefs vary from plain and simple to really intolerable blunders. Diabetes is a Transmittable Disease: Unlike certain illnesses that may be transmitted from spread of infection, diabetes is acquired and may develop from the person's inability to generate insulin.
Insulin Shot is a Must: Insulin shot is the primary treatment given only to Type 1 Diabetic patients. It is only the second resort for Type 2 Diabetic Patients and is given only when other treatment options for this type of diabetes failed. Diabetes Only Affects the Blood: Diabetes can affect the entire body if not treated. Risks and complications from not controlling blood sugar levels include stroke, heart disease, nerve damage, amputations resulting from nerve damage or impaired blood flow, blurred vision, blindness, and kidney failure or disease which must be treated with dialysis. Eating too much sweet foods may contribute to the development of diabetes: Sweet foods do not cause diabetes; it may only aggravate the condition most especially to those who have been diagnosed with one. Insulin causes High Blood Pressure and Atherosclerosis: There were medical evidences that worsen certain diseases such as high blood pressure and atherosclerosis but the assumptions that insulin causes these diseases to develop is wrong.
It is Alright to Eat as Many Fruits as You Can: Healthy nutrients and minerals are present in fruits however; there are also some contents such as carbohydrates which should be taken moderately. Diabetics Must Stay Away From Bread, Potatoes, and Pastas: Breads, cereals, and pasta that are made of whole grains, brown rice, and vegetables that contain starches have high amounts of fiber and complex carbohydrates that are good for diabetics. Eating three or four servings of these types of food per day is recommended. Again, moderation is the important thing to keep in mind. Diabetics Can Not Eat Chocolate: As long as moderation is used along with a healthy diet and exercise plan, chocolate is no longer considered taboo.
Diabetics should stick to a Special meal exclusively for Diabetics: The reason why Diabetic diet is made is because diabetic patients find it hard to follow healthy diet. However, if you are a patient who can easily follow healthy diet, then there is no need for you to stick with special diabetic meal. Moreover, special diabetic meals can be very expensive especially to those who are not well-off. Insulin can make a person fat: While it is true that insulin is a weight gain process, one can avoid gaining weight by practicing regular exercise and a healthy and balanced diet. Type 2 Diabetes Only Afflicts Adults: With the reduction in school activities such as sports and physical education, and the ever increasing number of computer and video games, the children of today are not getting the exercise that they need to stay at a healthy weight.
Not to mention the fact that the average parent of today does not usually have the time to make a healthy meal for their family. So a quick stop at a fast food facility provides a meal that is high in saturated and trans-fats, carbohydrates and calories; containing very little if any nutritional value at all. This sedentary, fast food filled lifestyle is causing our children to become overweight and placing them at higher risks than ever before of developing Type 2 Diabetes. People suffering from Diabetes are more prone to having other diseases: The reason why patients get flu shots is because infections have the ability to increase the level of blood sugar but it doesn't mean that they are prone to having other types of diseases.
There are many types of myths and wrong beliefs about diabetes. The above are just some of them. Others may sound very funny and silly and some are really severe and serious however, with proper knowledge and awareness, these myths and these beliefs will all be history.
Julia Hanf author of the book How To Play the Diabetes Diet Game and Win Through a real life crisis Julia figured out how to live diabetes free. Visit http://www.yourdiabetescure.com and learn more about your solution for diabetes.