According to the Centers for Disease Control, over 20 million people are currently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes today. This November, in recognition of American Diabetes Month, let’s share the facts and erase the misconceptions about this potentially serious condition.
MYTH: If you have type 2 diabetes, you can never eat sugar.
FACT: People with diabetes benefit from the same healthy diet that is good for everyone. This includes lots of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and lean protein. Foods with added sugar, such as sugary drinks or desserts, can usually be eaten in small amounts as special treats, but should not be eaten frequently. Ideally, people with diabetes should work with their physician and/or a nutritionist to determine how much sugar and carbohydrates they should be eating each day.
MYTH: Only overweight people get type 2 diabetes.
FACT: Being overweight is one risk factor for the disease, but genetics and family history also play a role. Some people who are overweight never get diabetes, and some people who are at a healthy weight can develop it. To reduce your overall risk, you should try to achieve a healthy BMI, which can help you reduce your risk of diabetes, heart disease, and other health problems.
MYTH: I don’t need to be checked for diabetes because I feel fine.
FACT: Early diabetes causes very few symptoms and many people are living with diabetes without knowing it. See your primary care physician regularly for well visits. He or she will recommend routine blood tests for you based on your personal health history. This can help detect diabetes or prediabetes early, and you can help avoid complications.
MYTH: Diabetes is no big deal.
FACT: Although diabetes is manageable, it can be serious if it’s uncontrolled. Complications of poorly controlled blood sugar include neuropathy in the hands and feet, eye problems, skin problems, kidney problems, high blood pressure, and stroke. But serious complications can be avoided by managing your diabetes. Your physician can work with you on diet and exercise, as well as additional treatments if needed.
Good blood sugar control is the key to better health and fewer complications with type 2 diabetes. See your physician regularly for check-ups and management of this condition so you can lead the healthiest life possible.
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