Diabetes: Fact and Fiction

Spring 2010 CSANews Issue 74  |  Posted date : May 27, 2010.Back to list

If you've just been diagnosed with diabetes, it may be difficult to separate fact from fiction.

The American Diabetes Association debunks some popular myths about the disease:

  • You can't "catch" diabetes from someone else.
  • Dessert isn't off limits forever for all diabetics. While eating too many sugary foods is a bad idea, you can have an occasional dessert, especially if you exercise and otherwise eat healthy.
  • Eating too much sugar can't "cause" diabetes. The disease stems from genetic and lifestyle factors.
  • Carbohydrates and starches (bread, potatoes, pasta) aren't off limits, but healthy portion sizes are important.
  • Diabetics aren't more susceptible to colds and other illnesses.
  • Insulin doesn't cause hardening of the arteries or high blood pressure.
  • Fruit, while healthy, can't be consumed in huge amounts, since it contains carbohydrates.
Source: Medibroadcast.com

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