Debunking 5 common myths about diabetes

Debunking 5 Common Diabetes Myths


New Delhi, January 15

About 77 million Indians have diabetes and it is estimated that nearly 57 percent of adults with the disease are undiagnosed. Despite how common this condition is, there are still many myths surrounding it that lead to a lack of or incorrect understanding of diabetes and how to treat it. It is essential to become thoroughly aware of these little-known facts so that people with diabetes and their caregivers can better understand the chronic disease and how to best manage their health.

Hanish Gupta, consultant physician and cardiologist, Life Aid Hospital, Delhi, said: “Nearly three-quarters of the Indian population with diabetes have uncontrolled blood glucose levels and half of them show poor blood pressure control. increased cholesterol and lipids. Common reasons for these metabolic abnormalities include nonadherence to treatment, infrequent doctor visits, and lack of awareness of the long-term consequences of poorly managed diabetes.”

Here are five common myths about diabetes debunked:

Sugar itself causes diabetes

Reality: Diabetes is a complex condition related to several factors. These include being overweight or obese, a sedentary lifestyle, an unhealthy diet, and more. It may also be related to genetic factors, such as a family history of diabetes. While people with diabetes are often advised to control their sugar intake, eating too much sugar alone does not cause diabetes.

However, still be mindful of your sugar consumption – moderation is key. An overall diet high in sugar can mean more calories, which can contribute to weight gain and subsequently increase the risk of diabetes. Overall, try to choose low glycemic index options as well as high fiber foods to get the right balance.

Diabetes can be cured

Reality: While in rare cases diabetes is reversible, in most cases diabetes, once developed, is a lifelong condition. But living with diabetes doesn’t have to be scary. There are various ways to effectively manage the condition. With proper adherence to prescribed medications and dietary and lifestyle modifications, as well as glucose monitoring, people with diabetes can live full lives. By discussing with a doctor what approach to diabetes treatment works best for each individual case, people can reach their target glucose range and achieve optimal health.

Diabetes affects only the blood sugar level in the body

Reality: Diabetes is a chronic disease that affects how the body uses blood sugar. However, diabetes can affect more than just glucose levels. Research suggests that the condition – especially when it’s uncontrolled – can cause other related complications, such as increasing the risk of heart, eye, kidney, nerve or leg problems. This makes early management of diabetes even more important. It is also advisable for people with diabetes to go for regular check-ups and monitor their wider health to identify and address potential problems early.

Some types of diabetes are milder than others

Reality: While diabetes has different categories, such as type 1 and type 2 and gestational (during pregnancy), they cannot be defined as mild or severe. In all types of diabetes, uncontrolled cases can lead to serious, long-term complications. Despite this, people with diabetes can lead healthy and better lives with proper diabetes management, regardless of the type.

Diet and lifestyle changes alone can fully control diabetes

Reality: While reducing the intake of certain foods that raise blood glucose levels and adopting a healthy fitness routine are key steps to managing diabetes, this does not mean that these steps alone will be sufficient for all people with diabetes to fully manage their condition.

Abhijit Pednekar, Director, Medical Affairs, Abbott India, commented, “Diabetes management is an ongoing process that needs to be holistic and personalized. This includes adherence to dietary and lifestyle changes, prescribed medications and regular glucose monitoring, which together can help individuals manage By achieving better glucose control, people can live healthier and fuller lives.”

Understanding the facts about the condition can make the care journey less complicated. Following your doctor’s instructions and working with your doctor to understand what works best for each situation is important and can help people better manage their diabetes.

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