Diabetes Awareness Month – Myths vs. Reality

With Diabetes Awareness Month arriving in November, more and more people are spreading the message regarding the facts about diabetes. As a result, it is easier than ever to get correct information about diabetes, and the information you receive could be lifesaving.

Studies and surveys have shown that over 50% of people who are asked what they know about diabetes, know little or nothing. This is troubling as over 24million people have diabetes and millions more are undiagnosed but have pre-diabetes or actually have diabetes and don’t know it.

There are several myths about diabetes. Many people feel that diabetes is not a serious health issue. This can be somewhat true if a person is diagnosed early and adjustments in diet and lifestyle – including exercise – are made right away.

In addition, the earlier the diagnosis and changes, the better diabetes can be controlled, thus causing less additional issues for your body. If you diabetes is not addressed and controlled, serious health problems could – and probably will – become major issues, including cardiovascular problems, possible stroke, blindness, kidney disease and failure and more.

In addition, another myth is that you have to be overweight to get diabetes. This is not accurate. There are thin people and obese people who have diabetes. Obesity and diabetes often go hand in hand, along with high blood pressure and the other health issues mentioned above.

The last myth is that a lot of sugar automatically leads to diabetes. That is not always the case. Type 1 diabetes or Juvenile diabetes is an autoimmune disease that is not caused by sugar but by various factors in the body including genetics. Type 2 Diabetes is not caused by necessarily eating too much sugar, but sugar can be a factor in making diabetes harder to control once you have the disease. Sugar can be eaten in moderation.

Many people also believe that there is a cure for diabetes. While researchers are consistently looking tirelessly for better ways to control the disease – and hopefully a cure – there is not a cure to date.

The ADA is promoting a program called “Stop Diabetes’ to make sure that people have the correct information about diabetes, and to allow people with diabetes to share their stories.

There are several outstanding symptoms that point to possible diabetes. They include extreme thirst, frequent urination, tingling in your hands and feet either from time to time of often and blurred vision. If you are having any of these symptoms, you should see your doctor to discuss your situation as soon as possible.

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