12 Diabetes Myths Debunked
Untruths about diabetes and people who have diabetes abound. Get the facts surrounding 12 common myths.
Everyone knows everything about diabetes particularly those who dont have it. Uniquely among health conditions, uninformed family members, friends, and even strangers think they know all about your diabetes and are quick to judge you, give you advice, or ask whether you can do, whatever the activity under discussion is.
There are numerous myths regarding diabetes. Many are archaic scraps of information that simply no longer are true. Others were never true in the first place, but have been believed by people both with diabetes and without it. Finally, some myths are just curiously bizarre.
The following are truths to dispel some of the fiction surrounding diabetes.
Myth #1: People with diabetes cant eat sugar.
Truth: I doubt theres a person with diabetes who hasnt been asked, Can you eat that?
Sugar, in any volume, cannot cause diabetes.
When a person has diabetes, the body doesnt deal well with high levels of sugar, but that doesnt bar sugar. In fact, every cell in the body lives on glucose. Its the energy source of life, and the body converts all food to glucose for fuel.
How much sugar can people with diabetes eat? That depends on the person and the medications he or she takes. But sugar in no way is banned from modern diabetes meal planning.
Long ago, people with diabetes were told not to eat foods containing sugar. We now know that people with diabetes can consume sugar safely, but this restriction has remained the most widely held diabetes myth. Myths Continue reading